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Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

Free-floating components under space-age crystal.

In white or rose gold, with a brand-new movement that seems to defy gravity and a startlingly innovative box-domed sapphire that took months to research and develop, the Executive Tourbillon “Free Wheel” soars high above all expectations of what contemporary watchmaking craft and technology can achieve.

Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

© Ulysse Nardin

The modern-sized 44mm dial for the 18ct rose gold version is in dark stone, carved from a slab of slate. The 18ct white gold version is built on a sleek black honeycomb grid. 

The most astonishing features are the dial’s tourbillon bridges and the 7-day power reserve indicator at four o’clock, which are shaped like boomerangs and look like they are floating in the air. So to do the other ‘skeletonized’ components, the hour and minute indicators and the gorgeous gear trains. 

Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

© Ulysse Nardin

The sapphire glass box housing these ‘flying’ elements is another achievement. The structure’s complexity and finish—especially the polishing of the box angles—were extremely difficult to achieve, requiring lengthy and painstaking experimentation. The caseback too, is in sapphire, except there’s nothing to see inside, as, in a complete reversal of watchmaking convention, all the exquisite components are visible on the dial side.

Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

Movement UN-176 © Ulysse Nardin

The mechanical movement powering all this beauty is the brand-new UN-176, entirely developed in-house in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Its flying tourbillon is the “Ulysse Anchor Escapement”, a pioneering technology that replaces the traditional Swiss lever escapement system and uses Ulysse Nardin’s signature low-friction silicium instead of metal or synthetic rubies.

Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

© Ulysse Nardin

The strap is “carbon leather“ in matte alligator, soft and silky to the touch. 

Unlike other Ulysse Nardin tourbillons, the Executive Tourbillon “Free Wheel” is not a limited edition, but a full-run production launch.

Lecture 1 Comment(s)

3 September 2018
yves-r detry
Epoustouflante et sublime !
4 September 2018

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