Normally, when we’re talking about luxury watches, what comes to mind are contemporary designs that are hardly exciting. However, something suddenly comes along that dares break the mold. For example, timepieces from brands such as Richard Mille, Urwerk, and more sport radical form factors and complex movements. Nevertheless, some border on the unorthodox that it becomes too unsightly for conventional collectors. Thankfully, the Ulysse Nardin Freak X Watch achieves a pleasant mix of a classic form factor alongside something different.
The new model borrows some aesthetics from its 2001 predecessor. Just like its namesake, the wristwatch flaunts two oversized hands that actually blend perfectly with the design. Unlike the original, this one features a traditional crown. The older iterations rely on a unique method to wind the watch and make adjustments. The user needs to twist the outer ring of the transparent case back to manually wind the spring. Likewise, the same can be done for the bezel to set the time.
Unlike the previous versions of the series, the Ulysse Nardin Freak X now uses a different movement. According to sources, the new model runs on the Caliber UN-230, which is now self-winding and offers a 72-hour power reserve. It’s supposedly a combination of the UN-250 and UN-118 movements. The titanium case measures 43mm and comes in a variety of materials. There are two Carbonium variants, one in titanium, and another is 5N rose gold. This is the first one to carry a lower price point that all of its predecessors. Owning one starts at $21,000 and goes up to $30,000 depending on the variation.
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