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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 240

ULYSSE NARDIN REF. 016-88, 7-DAY, BACK-WINDER, TOURBILLON REGULATOR; “FREAK”, “DUAL DIRECT ESCAPEMENT”, NO. 014”; 18K PINK GOLD

18K pink gold, manual-back-winding, round-shaped, large 7-day going gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with sapphire-crystal case-back allowing to wind the movement (unidirectional rotation), rotating bezel to set the time (bidirectional rotation), 60-minute tourbillon regulator, “Dual Direct Escapement”.

Brand Ulysse Nardin

Model “Freak”

Reference 016-88

Year Circa 2000-2002

Movement No. 014

Calibre  UN 200, double-wheel escapement without lubrification

Bracelet Navy-blue leather UN strap, platinum UN buckle

Diameter 43 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Box and papers

HKD 160,000 - 260,000

CHF 20,000 - 32,500 / USD 20,400 - 33,150

Sold: HKD 250,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

Ulysse Nardin, “Freak” tourbillon regulator, “Dual Direct Escapement” Created by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, the “Freak” model features a carrousel regulation. Developed to be used without a winding crown or traditional hands, the escapement forms the minute indicator and the hours are displayed via a large triangular-tipped indicator sitting beneath the escapement. The mainspring is wound by rotating the case back and the time is set by rotating the bezel. In 2000, Ulysse Nardin introduced this escapement in the “Freak” watch and it remains exclusive to this model. The company has since switched its research from escapements and regulating systems to the development of proprietary calibres. Like the échappement naturel, it’s a double-wheel escapement with direct impulse to the balance. Its lever is so short that it’s more like a plate. The system looks simple but has its subtleties. The tooth profiles are particularly sophisticated. It aims to reduce friction and is suitable for high-precision LIGA production techniques.