Ulysse Nardin Releases Blast Free Wheel Marquetry Watch

Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin is introducing the new Blast Free Wheel Marquetry watch. The Maison of Haute Horlogerie is doing it once again.

Ulysse Nardin has presented several limited editions of the Freak X since 2019. The are adorned with a multi-colored silicon marquetry disc. Yet, this is the first time this craftsmanship has been expressed in the Blast collection.

At the heart of this edgy Haute Horlogerie complication, is the original and innovative UN-176 movement. As a result, it defies not only the laws of attraction, but also the very principles of watchmaking construction.

Once again, Ulysse Nardin works with silicon. The same material they first introduced in 2001, with the now famous Freak watch collection. Utilizing blue-toned silicon, the luxury watchmaker creates a unique dial that appears to have several elements that float against the deep blue background.

Therefore, a visually dazzling bold statement showcases the Blast Free Wheel Marquetry’s mechanism dancing over blue-toned silicon. Hence, the creative design gives pride to its flying tourbillon. It seems the watch elements levitate with no visible attachment to the dial.

The talented research and development of Ulysse Nardin’s technical department perfected the flying calibre. In addition, the flying tourbillon of the Blast Free Wheel Marquetry is seen at the 6 o’clock position. Interestingly, it consists of 45 components and boasts a revolutionary constant escapement, including the brand’s revolutionary Anchor Constant Escapement.

The company’s Constant Escapement features a circular frame with a pallet fork fixed in the center. Thus, it supports in space on two blade springs less than a quarter of the thickness of a hair in diameter.

Decorate a single dial by assembling the small silicon plates took countless hours of work for the Ulysse Nardin artisans. Their dedication and attention to detail are critical. As a result, they were careful to not break or mark the extremely fragile jewels of the Blast Free Wheel Marquetry watch.

Lastly, the new luxury watch face features a seven-day power reserve display.

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The Amazing Freak ONE Luxury Watch by Ulysse Nardin

Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin first introduced the Freak luxury watch in 2001. Designed by Ulysse Nardin maverick owner Rolf Schnyder and expert watchmaker Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. Now after two decades later, the Freak ONE luxury watch is introduced.

The Freak ONE luxury watch by Ulysse Nardin draws inspiration from the first Freak. The new watch model features three signature characteristics:
1) Loaded with Advanced Technology
2) East to Use
3) Durable and Designed to be Worn Everday


The Freak ONE epitomizes the company’s strong commitment to innovation and excellence. The watch is powered by the caliber UN-240 Manufacture. In addition, it has an automatic movement with 72-hour power reserve. The flying carrousel movement rotates around its own axis. Plus, it features a silicon oversized oscillator and hairspring. Last, the escapement includes DIAMonSIL for both added precision and durability.

The Freak One watch features its iconic orbital flying one-hour carrousel. The rotation observed is provided by the watch itself. Strikingly, you will notice this new luxury watch has no dial, no hands and no crown. In addition, it is the first mechanical watch in history that comes with silicon escapement wheels.

Freak ONE Luxury Watch by Ulysse Nardin

The black DLC-coated titanium case is 44mm in size. Its stunning satin finish is perfectly complemented by a rose gold 5N bezel. Plus, the new watch is fitted with a black rubber ‘ballistic’ textured strap. It is made of 30% recycled rubber from production waste by BIWI.

Over the years, this iconic and radical timepiece has gone through its 13 variations. It embodies the technical excellence and innovative spirit of the integrated Ulysse Nardin manufacture. It’s clear to see, the Freak watch series has simply reset the boundaries of watch design and engineering.

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Ulysse Nardin “One More Wave” Timepiece – Diver Chronometer 44mm

Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin is known for its historic connection to the U.S. Navy. As a result, they are paying tribute to all Veterans with the second iteration of collaboration with nonprofit organization One More Wave. To commemorate the partnership, Ulysse Nardin and One More Wave are releasing a new limited-edition timepiece. The new watch is the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer 44mm One More Wave.

One More Wave

One More Wave was founded by U.S. Navy SEAL Alex West. The company is a certified non-profit 501(c)(3). This respected, San Diego based organization is devoted to helping disabled veterans, since 2015. They operate their own surfboard factory. Therefore, they can make custom surfboards to fit the needs of wounded and disabled veterans.

One More Wave helps veterans benefit from the unique therapeutic qualities of surfing. Plus, they provide community access to their four other chapters across the country. Their mission is to help veterans through ocean therapy. This goal resonates strongly with the Ulysse Nardin ethos, which has long-standing ties to the sea.

The newest Ulysse Nardin x One More Wave timepiece features a stunning, turquoise and black design. In addition, it showcases a black DLC titanium case and 300m water resistance. In addition, the case-back is engraved with the “One More Wave” logo. Thus, it signifies the mutual partnership.

Alex West is the One More Wave Founder and a former U.S. Navy Seal. He says, “We would not be the same organization we are today without the support from Ulysse Nardin.”

The new Diver Chronometer 44mm watch from Ulysse Nardin is limited to only 100 pieces.

The Diver Chronometer 44mm design is from members of One More Wave, so the watch withstands the highly variable pressures experienced while surfing. As a result, the new watch subtly reflects the founders’ background in amphibious warfare.

The stylish Diver Chronometer 44mm One More Wave watch is now available on the Ulysse Nardin website. The list price is $11,500 USD.

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