Watches And Wonders 2024: A Lighter Dune-Themed Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad Reinvents Avant-Garde

Watches And Wonders 2024: A Lighter Dune-Themed Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad Reinvents Avant-Garde

THM Desk
10 Apr 2024 |
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The creative geniuses at Ulysse Nardin don’t seem to back-off even a bit and their latest inception, the Freak S Nomad dials up the independent brand’s avant-garde aura. The timepiece which has had a good 23 years to evolve yet again announces a new chapter of its conceptualisation at the Watches and Wonders 2024 with this release. The new Freak S Nomad is launched as a limited-edition watch of 99 pieces. With the release of the Freak S Nomad, the concept further cements a reputation as a cosmic exploration worthy adornment for the wrists of connoisseur collectors.

Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad
Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad released at Watches and Wonders 2024

A Spaceship or a Watch

The Freak S Nomad is a 45 mm diameter timepiece carved out of solid titanium. It features a duo of carbon fiber side flanks adding to its avant-garde aesthetic. The diversity of material choice in the timepiece is an indication of its true high horology status and the amalgam of the same finds a perfect pairing with a choice of two straps: an anthracite rubber band or an anthracite alligator strap with an open-worked aesthetic revealing sand-colored accent track in the middle.

Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad Watches and Wonders 2024
The Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad features a robust hybrid case construction realized in a combination of carbon fiber and titanium

Across the face of this cosmic contraption, the bridges of the movement carousel get a coating of anthracite PVD and what becomes the minute hand extension of the rotating marvel is adorned with a coating of luminescent material. The emits a blue glow in dim light conditions.

A Freak-ish Caliber for a Distinctive Timepiece

Carrying on and further expanding the scope of avant-garde designs of its design, the new Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad is as delectable and jaw-dropping as ever. Its flying carousel defined by the manufacture Caliber 251 rotates around its own axis and features a duo of oscillators that beat away at 2.5 Hz. Inclined at an angle of 20 degrees, the balance wheels feature high-tech UN patented Diamonsil escapements for added precision and durability.

Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad
The Caliber 251 exists as a carousel which rotated on a central axis

The entire movement carousel completes one rotation every hour delivering the function of a very avant-garde minute hand while the diamond-pattern guilloche plate beneath it performs one rotation every 12 hours, hence doubling as the hour hand. Its sand-colored CVD coating renders it a waving sand dune aesthetic befitting the timepiece’s philosophical essence. Its in-house caliber delivers an impressive 72 hours of power reserve and is powered by an innovative peripheral rotor patented Grinder system. Consistent with the true Freak tradition, rotating the case back performs the movement manual winding. Time setting can be performed by rotating the bezel. Accidental adjustments are prevented with a titanium locking clasp at 6 o’clock.

Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad Watch
The rotating carousel is set against a backdrop of a diamond pattern guilloche disc in sand color

In this realization of epic grandeur released at Watches and Wonders 2024 as the Ulysse Nardin Freak S Nomad, avant-garde innovation marries traditional artisanal handcrafts. This disruptive timepiece finds its essence deeply embedded within the codes of haute horlogerie trends and this latest iteration expands the awe which the original inspired in 2001.