Although the Carbonium version of Ulysse Nardin Freak X is not perfect, it feels good on the wrist, mainly because of its light weight, the case diameter of 43 mm (very wear-resistant on the small side of 43 mm) and the relatively slim watch Shell outline. The Carbonium case is only 7.5 mm thick, with a dome-shaped and stepped bezel on the top, and a dome-shaped (also known as “boxed”) sapphire crystal on the top. Yes, this is not a thick watch with an additional stepped bezel and sapphire guide. It is indeed a slim watch, without any troubles caused by bulky design, such as being caught by things or hanging on the edge of the sleeve. In fact, the watch head is very lightweight, which is always a plus in terms of real-world wear resistance. Carbonium® is “a new generation material sourced entirely from the French aerospace industry. Carbonium® is composed of two-thirds of medium modulus carbon fiber and one-third of high-temperature epoxy resin, which brings its structural properties to the obtained parts. And totally unique aesthetics.” The term “completely unique” is a bit far-fetched because it is very similar to other forged carbon fiber boxes, but this is cool because Ulysse Nardin sources Carbonium from Lavoisier Composite , And then recover and “recycle” this carbon from the carbon used in cars. The construction of civil aircraft.
On the downside, Freak X does want to swing on the wrist, even if the belt is fastened correctly-this is not the way you want it, at least not at the beginning. First of all, the inside of the belt is abnormally smooth and easily slips on the skin. The second criticism of the strap is the stubborn hard pad near the lugs, which forces the strap to fit tightly on the wrist, making it less compliant when it conforms to the curvature of the wrist. After receiving the parts, I have to store them and then roll up the straps tightly to improve their flow on the wrist, but even then, the first inch on each side down from the lugs is still too hard Comfortable. It takes a lot of extra effort to bend the padded part into a more conformable shape, and frankly, this shouldn’t be the case on any watch-but it’s still present in most padded straps, not just Freak X on the strap
To be fair, in daily wear, Freak X often proves to be a comfortable watch to wear. Its light weight, once there, the comfortable fit on the wrist often makes me check if the watch is still being worn-this is a characteristic of only truly comfortable watches. A slight adjustment can ensure that Ulysse Nardin Freak X can be worn immediately and comfortably.
The weird side of watchmaking
The UN-230 movement designed and manufactured in-house powers the Ulysse Nardin Freak X watch. This is a self-winding movement with an impressive 72-hour power reserve that matches the operating frequency of 3 Hz. The latter is not something that moves very often, but here is combined with a large balance wheel-and the 4 Hertz is almost entirely combined with a smaller balance wheel with less inertia. Don’t forget the huge pressure of putting the huge minute and hour hands on the movement, you will find the 3 days/3 Hz movement specifications are impressive.
The original freak could not be realized, if it weren’t for Carole Forestier-Kasapi’s idea to make the width of the mainspring as wide as the entire movement at the bottom of the movement. It takes that huge and powerful spring to complete all the heavy lifting required for Freak’s unprecedented structure. Keyless work (the bits and pieces that transmit power from the crown to the mainspring by the crown) cannot be spared in the task of bypassing the huge spring, so the original freak is done by rotating the entire back cover. In contrast, the Ulysse Nardin Freak X we are going to see today has a regular crown at the 3 o’clock position on the dial. Even better, it even has a full-size self-winding rotor. These two components are tangible and visible proof of the technological progress that Ulysse Nardin has made during the 20 years of freak development (and still growing!)-even if this progress seems to set us back, this progress is worth it praise. Because in fact, it makes Freak easier to wear and use daily.
The balance wheel and pallet fork also shimmer in high-tech purple silicon tones. Their geometry and shape achieve extremely tight tolerances, and better yet, they have no lubrication or magnetic related issues. There is no need for lubrication or further fine adjustments (pallet jewelry, etc.) on these parts that are known to be extremely wearable. All in all, if the replica Freak X layout itself is not enough, then Freak X can actually play the most impressive balance wheel component (a considerable part) in its price range.
Its automatic winding mechanism has such a system, for example, “Magic Lever” in Seiko watch or Pellaton in IWC automatic winding. On the bottom cover side of Freak X, these components are right in front of your eyes, because they are very few black plates and silver parts of the bridge. Again, I think this is a bit shameful. The all-black movement looks cool, but I somehow find it hard to appreciate. It’s like a camouflage movement, which runs counter to the see-through case in my mind. Nevertheless, the Magic Lever system with its V-shaped arms and rotating wheels can still be easily seen.
One problem with the UN-230 caliber is that it is loud-I think it is too loud. And it is not a beautiful voice. It is best described as a “dry” mechanical sound, not only produced by Freak X, but also by many other Swiss mechanical luxury watches. The sound is loud enough that when driving a quiet car on the highway, you can clearly distinguish the whistling sound of the automatic winding system when you raise your arm and place it on the door/window. However, on the other hand, people have obtained efficient two-way magic lever windings, and more importantly, people are really used to it. When used out of the box, this sound is distracting, but after about two weeks of wearing it, I really don’t notice it a day. All of these, making it hand-wound, thin and quiet, would be desirable.
Looking at that huge, stomping, open minute hand makes Freak X’s face round very scary, almost great. That’s it and seeing the huge balance wheel swinging the pendulum at the other end, and understanding the high-tech geometry and material science involved in the production, which pushed the whole concept well to the WIS (Fool Watch) paradise territory. The three-dimensional sense of Freak X on the face and its influence on the way of appreciation cannot be overstated.
Whether it is aesthetics or in the history of modern watchmaking, Freak X is its own thing. Back to our opening remarks: Rolex Daytona is not these two things. This is an excellent watch, and the retail price is about $13k, which is also a reliable proposition. In some respects, especially in terms of comfort and quietness out of the box, Daytona is also more refined. But I think “Freak X” belongs to another league in terms of entertainment and durability. Moreover, people do not have to make any sacrifices in terms of long-term actual wearability: once the strap breaks, or you find a better match, it is close enough in terms of comfort and versatility. chrono4usale.com