Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

LOT 35

Ulysse Nardin ?Freak Diavolo? for Only Watch Ulysse Nardin, Freak Diavolo, No.1/1, Ref.2083-115/OW. Extremely fine and unique, stainless steel wristwatch with one-minute 60-minute revolving flying tourbillon regulator, eight-day power reserve and a Ulysse Nardin deployant clasp. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.

Case: Polished, stepped curled lugs, ridged bidirectional rotating blue bezel to set the time, transparent rotating back for winding, applied plaque engraved with ?Unique Piece 1/1? and ?Only Watch? at 6. Sapphire crystals. Dial: transparent with applied white Arabic numerals and 12 digit in blue, tourbillon cage is equipped with an arrow indicating the seconds on a blue half-circle, rotating in one minute on itself, with the zero position holding steady on the axis of the minute indicator. Movement: Cal. UN-208, rhodium plated, 28 jewels, silicon lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, silicon self-compensating balance spring, shock absorber, brushed three-arm cage for the one-minute tourbillon. Dimensions: Diam. 44.5mm.

Wish Price EUR 75,000 - 100,000

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Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss watchmaker acclaimed for its thousands of ?firsts? in watchmaking, takes the lead in ingenuity, once again with the new Freak Diavolo Only Watch, a progression of the groundbreaking 2001 Freak. Due to the ultramodern, minimalist and unconventional design of the Freak?s tourbillon carrousel ? one that possessed no true dial, crown or hands ? and being the first timepiece to successfully present escapement wheels constructed of silicium, a revolutionary material at the time, the Freak forever changed the course of haute horology. Now, like its siblings ? the Freak DIAMonSIL®, Freak Diamond Heart and Freak Blue Phantom ? the Freak Diavolo pays tribute to the original Freak?s pioneering spirit by expanding its use of silicium and taking its tourbillon to new heights. Named after its devilish-in-appearance power-reserve backing, with its ?horns? and black cloak-like backdrop, the Freak Diavolo Only Watch is the cleverest of timepiece creations. Case in point, silicium is used in its patented hairspring (Si 1.1.1.) and throughout the majority of its escapement ? the heart and most delicate part of the watch. Through the introduction of silicium in the original Freak, Ulysse Nardin transformed haute horology manufacturing and continues to perfect the use of this technologically advanced material with the Freak Diavolo. Performance is further amplified through its application of cutting-edge technology, such as photolithography. And, the Freak Diavolo Only Watch reveals another development in the Freak family -- a flying tourbillon that indicates the seconds, as well as two new ball-bearing systems and a balance-wheel concept and design. Its tourbillon carrousel (developed entirely in-house) does one complete rotation around the center in 60 minutes. The Freak Diavolo?s frequenc y of 4 Hz (28'800 A/h) in association with its 8 mg*cm2 inertia balance wheel make this instrument exceptional, as no other tourbillon is regulated by such a powerful oscillator and benefits from such a long power reserve (more than eight days). Its outstanding performance is the result of the perfect application of new technologies, such as photolithography, and the use of the best and latest-developed materials, like silicium and LIGA nickel, at core locations.