Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision Watch Hands-On: Experience The Grinder

Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision Watch Hands-On: Experience The Grinder

At SIHH 2018 Ulysse Nardin appeared a completely updated individual from the progressing Freak assortment, referred to just as the reference 2505-250 Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision. While the Freak Vision is altogether important for the Freak observe family, it closely resembles something absolutely new and particular. The Freak Vision shows up only one year after Ulysse Nardin appeared an energizing idea watch known as the Freak InnoVision 2 (aBlogtoWatch article and video here) . The InnoVision 2 gave a case and development various advancements in both procedure and materials. In the event that I needed to sum up the reason for the InnoVision 2, it would be “how to cause a mechanical watch to perform surprisingly better by utilizing parts that are not metal and created utilizing novel procedures with present day designing principles.”

All pictures by Ariel Adams.

[Editor’s Note: Ariel Adams here, and I need to just say that I incidentally wore the Freak Vision watch topsy turvy while shooting it during the chaotic expo climate at SIHH 2018. The Freak has consistently been perhaps the most effortless watch to erroneously wear potential gain out – so kindly have that as a main priority when seeing the watch on my wrist. Thank you.] The 2018 Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision contains a portion of the developments from the InnoVision 2, despite the fact that a portion of the more fascinating advancements, (for example, glass parts) could without much of a stretch require a couple of more years to get right. In the event that I needed to figure, I would say that while the advancements in the InnoVision 2 lead to more noteworthy mechanical execution in a controlled setting, during certifiable use there are likely some unwavering quality and sturdiness concerns which actually should be figured out. So, quite possibly the most noteworthy developments of the InnoVision 2 watch has made it into the Freak Vision –and that is the “Grinder.”


View the above connection and watch the video to get a more itemized depiction of what is the issue here. To put it plainly, it is a novel kind of programmed twisting framework for a watch, that utilizes all silicon parts. What makes it amazing is its capacity to offer twisting of the fountainhead with minuscule developments of the case. In a customary programmed winding framework, a swaying weight needs to travel a generally wide bend to create winding force. With the Grinder, substantially more delicate developments of the winding framework take into consideration power age. This prompts a programmed twisting framework in the Grinder which is undeniably more effective and valuable than conventional programmed winding frameworks. At any rate, that is the idea…

Equipped with the Grinder (noticeable through the rear of the watch), the Freak Vision is the principal programmed twisting adaptation of the Freak ever created. This is serious on the grounds that despite the fact that past forms of the Freak have a force save of as long as seven days, winding them was not generally lovely on the fingers. That is on the grounds that the Freak cases are intended to be both water-impervious (to 30m in many occasions, for example, here) and have top and back bezels that turn. The top bezel on the facade of the watch (delivered with a little tab situated at 12 o’clock) is utilized to set the time, while the back bezel is utilized to wind the watch. With the Grinder, the need to physically wind the Freak Vision development becomes discretionary instead of necessary.

Freak fans will promptly see that tastefully, the Freak Vision is an altogether different monster compared to past Freak models. The watch is really simpler to wear and more slender than past models, yet at the same time existing in an intense 45mm wide case. I think you’ll concur that even at 45mm wide, the crown-less plan of the case actually wears very well on my more modest estimated wrists. The case is in two materials including an unequivocally machined grade 5 titanium bezel just as a strong platinum center case. It additionally has an astounding present day look to it. By and large I imagine that from a plan and execution viewpoint, the Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision takes conventional haute horlogerie into the advanced age without surrendering the past (music to the ears of most Swiss watchmakers).


Like Freak watches before it, the Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision is “read” by taking a gander at the back circle hour hand (that has a white bolt pointer) alongside the huge moment hand structure which is really comprised of the fundamental stuff train. For this new age of Freak Vision watches, the moment hand gathering has another look intended to bring out the state of a boat structure. One of most great components of this is seeing the in-house planned and created “Ulysse Nardin Anchor Constant Escapement” which is a critical piece of the guideline framework. This incorporates the wide-sized all-silicon oscillator (balance wheel) that utilizations softened bits of nickel as “inertia-blocks” on the oscillator. This additionally remembers a consistent power framework for the escapement, which is truly about guaranteeing a steady progression of energy to the development as the heart slows down. The outcome is consistent sufficiency, which permits the watch to offer a similar degree of precision all through the time frame when the heart winds down.

The development inside the Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision is the in-house type UN-250. Capacities incorporate only the time, with programmed winding, and a great deal of extravagant silicon parts. The oscillator works at a recurrence of 2.5Hz, and has a force hold of 50 hours. Note that Ulysse Nardin considers the framework to address a tourbillon-esque “Flying Carrousel” since the guideline framework makes a complete upheaval around the dial every hour given that it is associated with the moment hand. I anticipate perceiving how Ulysse Nardin not just advances the new frameworks in the UN-250 development, yet in addition adds further complications later on. For some individuals this kind of development is perfect, as it offers the time and the straightforwardness of getting a charge out of the mechanism.

We incorporated the Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision as one of the best 10 watches of SIHH 2018 due to its compelling looks, devotion to genuine development, and legitimate expansion of where the top of the line heading of Ulysse Nardin items ought to be going. Ulysse Nardin won’t create the Freak Vision as a restricted release, however I don’t anticipate that them should deliver that a large number of them. Cost for the reference 2505-250 Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision in platinum and titanium is 95,000 CHF. ulysse-nardin.com