Say ahoy to the vast blue sea as Ulysse Nardin braves the wind and sea with the FreakWing. A timepiece that pays tribute to competitive sailing, in particular the maison's nautical partner — the Artemis Racing team of Sweden in the lead up to the America's Cup — this new watch is the horological likeness of their famous AC45 catamaran yacht.
Cutting a striking figure with emblematic features inspired by the catamaran, the internal upper bridge bearing the minutes evokes the structure of the rigid sail, and the rotating hour disc is fashioned after the mesh net of the multi-hull. Centred by the Tourbillon sitting upon the dial, the FreakWing reads easily with distinct indexes and a date display at the four o'clock mark, discernable by its sporting of the Swedish team's official colours.
The impressive watch face is accompanied by an equally remarkable complication, the Calibre UN-210 that features the UlyChoc safety system with new innovative shock absorbers. Completely manufactured in-house, this original silicium crafted movement replaces the three microelements in conventional calibres. The ingenuity of this system prevents slack and friction, enabling the balance to re-centre seamlessly in the event of an impact.
A sturdy construction awaiting patent, the FreakWing is further protected by a carbon fibre bezel and case back, a material highly valued in high-level sailing for its lightweight strength. Streamlining its form for utmost performance, Ulysse Nardin does away with the crown, instead integrating its date and time setting functions into the upper and lower bezels. Perfectly equipped to take on the competition, the FreakWing is a technological novelty that pushes to excel, whether you're on land or skimming across the waters.
The FreakWing is available at the Ulysse Nardin flagship boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Limited edition of 35 pieces.
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