Freak Cruiser

Dropping anchor in the avant-garde oceans of the world.

Words Jim Davis
June 30, 2012
Dropping anchor in the avant-garde oceans of the world.
Words Jim Davis June 30, 2012

Conceived in 2001 by the most advanced minds, the Freak is returning to its home port after sailing the high seas of cutting-edge technologies. As spectacular as ever with its Carrousel-Tourbillon, the new Freak Cruiser is hoisting its sails and taking to the waves, the natural home of Ulysse Nardin. Completely redesigned, it is surrounded by waves with a bezel dressed in aquatic fluting and a floating anchor in the form of a swing bridge. It’s a bold step into the future!

Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser

Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser

Never before has a watch accomplished such a conceptual and technological leap forward for watchmaking – a feat that remains unrivalled even today. Stripped of its dial and hands, the Freak Cruiser is designed so that the movement revolves on itself. Linked to the center of this unusual vessel, the lower bridge indicates the hours, while the upper bridge – bearing the gear train, the balance spring and the exclusive Dual Ulysse silicon escapement – shows the minutes. Named the Carrousel-Tourbillon, this system, which defies the imagination, is entirely free-floating, as it no longer includes the center pin that previous incarnations bestowed with the sapphire crystal to support the entire structure.

Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser

Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser

The Dual Ulysse escapement also takes watchmaking to revolutionary new horizons. Its architecture abandons the traditional anchor and anchor wheel, and instead locates two silicon impulse wheels at its center. Each one is equipped with 18 active teeth which engage in turn, activating an alternator which transmits its energy directly to the balance staff — first in one direction, then in the other. This structure, which requires no lubrication, ensures that the force is always released in the direction of the balance rotation, thereby minimizing friction.

The Freak Cruiser is as awe-inspiring as any treasures hidden on the seabed and will transport you to the oceans of your dreams.

Freak Cruiser – 2056 – 131
Caliber UN-205 Manufacture
18 ct rose gold. 45mm.
7-Day Flying Carrousel.
Exclusive Dual Ulysse escapement in silicium.
Water-resistant to 30m.
Sapphire crystals.
Leather strap with folding buckle.

You can learn more about the Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser at the official Ulysse Nardin website.