A completely redesigned follow-up to the Freak Phantom has unveiled by Ulysse Nardin this week. The new Freak Cruiser features a bezel surrounded by waves in an aquatic fluting and a floating anchor in the form of a swing bridge.
The Freak Cruiser comes with no dial, hands or crown. Movement compensates and functions for missing hands by revolving itself. Hours are indicated by the center linked lower bridge, while the upper bridge displays the minutes. The upper bridge features the gear train, the balance spring and the exclusive Dual Ulysse silicon escapement. The entirely free-floating system, named Carrousel-Tourbillon, operates without the sapphire crystal center pin that supported the entire movement before.
With the Dual Ulysse Escapement arrives another major change. The Freak Cruiser has replaced the traditional anchor and anchor wheel with two silicon impulse wheels at its center. Two non-lubricating silicone wheels, each with 18 active teeth work to minimize friction by transmitting power directly to the balance staff. Stripped of its crown, the time setting is accomplished by unlocking the bezel with the lug at 6 o’clock and rotating the bezel. Hours and minutes are adjusted by turning in either direction.
Heart of the Freak Cruiser is Ulysse Nadine’s in-house developed manual-wind caliber UN 205 movement with a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800vph) and a 7-day power reserve. The movement is visible through the sapphire case-back. The 45 mm diameter case is available in 18 karat rose gold or white gold. Giving the Freak Cruiser its finishing touch is the alligator strap with deployment buckle in matching gold.
Source: Ulysse Nardine