The Ulysse Nardin’s Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel is a poem of mechanical mastery, a symphony of aesthetic artistic and highly functional work of art. A tour de force in mechanical watchmaking, the Free Wheel has a fantastically futuristic movement that makes it the Swiss watch manufacture’s most refined and audacious timepiece to date.
Ulysse Nardin gives a new shine to its Executive Wheel by using four daring materials on its dial and barrel cover, making it a visual feast for the watch connoisseur.
With a dial made from osmium – which is not only the world’s heaviest metal but also the rarest and densest, most stable element – this version of the Free Wheel has a white gold case which frames the diamond-like osmium crystals.
The deep blue aventurine dial is reminiscent of the starry night sky glittering with reflections of the stars.
Made using a rarefied, 17th-century technique, straw marquetry has been revived with new glory and used by Ulysse Nardin to adorn the face of another Executive Free Wheel model. The face design uses shiny, black-dyed straw adding a sleek, masculine veneer to the dial.
Composed of aeronautical-grade carbon fibers, Carbonium is approximately twice as light as aluminum. Aesthetically stunning, Carbonium Gold is a product of the intimate fusion of carbon filaments and gold particles within a thermosetting matrix. The resulting gold-veined effect is bold and elegant.
With a 7-day power reserve, its “free-floating” elements seem to move independently of each other to defy gravity. The movement, which took years to research and develop, is presented in a 44 mm case which is water-resistant up to 3 atm. The gear trains and bridges appear to float in the air with the other components, a delicate balance of parts working in harmony. The UN-176 is a in-house mechanical movement.
Manufactured in a limited edition of just 18 timepieces for each design, each Executive Free Wheel is as unique as its wearer and comes with an alligator leather strap.