Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

The Freak has returned. Ulysse Nardin’s Freak Vision is the first from the collection that debuted in 2001 to incorporate an automatic winding movement within the design that consists of a distinctive baguette-shaped movement and features a flying carrousel rotating around its own access.

Other design tweaks that differentiate the Freak Vision from its predecessors include a new 3D-carved upper bridge that’s inspired by a boat’s hull, a box-domed sapphire that allows for a thinner middle area and bezel, and an entirely new case with the horns, bezel, and rubber on the side.

A new “Grinder” automatic winding system, which Ulysse Nardin claims “revolutionizes energy transmission, surpassing existing systems for efficiency by a factor of two,” generates energy with even the slightest movement of the wrist. “The oscillating rotor is linked to a frame containing four arms, which gives the automatic system twice the torque – like having four pedals on a bike instead of two – while a flexible guidance mechanism drastically limits friction.”

The watch, which comes in a 45mm-diameter platinum case, is priced at 95,000 Swiss francs.