Now, the amazing timepiece is unveiled in blue, being crafted in 18K white gold. A stainless blue titanium based alloy has been used for treating the bridges and metal parts, applying the process of ion sputtering. Some metal parts have been reworked to acquire the blue coating, being 1-micron thick and 1500-HV hard. The tips of the hour and minute markers have been coated in Superluminova for improved visibility.
No watch has ever been designed the same way as the Freak. The crystal and the bezel of the watch have actually become part of the movement. The time is indicated by the pivoting movement. In fact, the timepiece contains fewer parts than the simplest watch model one may find, remaining a Carrousel Tourbillon by necessity.
The Ulysse Nardin engineers became the first to use silicium in the development of the escapement, the material, really easy to work with, that has proved to greatly enhance accuracy and lightness of complicated movement parts.
The Dual Ulysse Escapement, produced from silicium, is the most important part of the Freak's movement. It has incorporated 2 wheels to allow natural force transmission. The force and the move have the same direction, alternatively clockwise with the first wheel and counter-clockwise with the second wheel.
The two wheels with 18 active teeth provide perfect energy transmission to the oscillator, with no lubrication necessary, as the transmission is performed via a 'gear like' mechanism. An alternator gets an impulse and passes it to the balance shaft. The alternator serves as a gear, turning alternatively in one direction and then the opposite one.
The Dual Ulysse Escapement considerably reduces the lift angle from the common 50-52 degrees (Swiss Anchor) down to about 30 degrees. The lift angle implies the arc the balance runs between its first and last contact with the escapement. The shorter arc means the lower disturbance of the natural balance oscillation.
The white gold case of the watch measures 44.5 mm in diameter and incorporates anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal case-back.
The majestic Ulysse Nardin timepiece is secured to the wrist on an alligator leather strap fitted with a folding buckle.
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