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The latest Freak brings concept watch innovations to a production movie.
When you talk about the founders of mechanical watch renaissance, you often hear the names of Nicholas Hayek and Jean-Claude Beaver, but another person belongs to them, even if he works for a single brand. Rolf Schnyder of Ulysse Nardin who was remembered and who was late. Schnyder saved and revived Ulysse Nardin in the 1980s and dragged it into the modern era of contemporary mechanical watchmaking. After meeting with longtime partner Ludwig Oechslin of Ochsund Junior, Schnyder transformed his company from a traditional watch manufacturer to a brand devoted to the promotion of new technologies and materials, the most famous being silicon. Although Schnyder is no longer active, his spirit is still alive in his revived company. Today, we will inherit Freak, one of the most famous works of Schnyder and Oechslin.
Today, the vast majority of SIHH watchmakers have at least tried “new materials”; I dare to say that you can’t really call Si as a new material for tabulation, especially if you consider the giants such as Gems and Patek Philippe. It is used routinely in the studio. Faced with competition from other companies, these companies have already seen the value of making escapements from such predictable low-friction materials, but Ulysse Nardin has been trying to further innovate in its field of use.nice Rado HyperChrome replica watches
The escape device in Freak Vision’s UN-205 campaign is an interesting example of how Ulysse Nardin did this. Here we see the company’s Anchor Escapement, which was first introduced in 2014. It was improved with an ultra-lightweight balance wheel, recalling one seen last year in Ulysse Nardin’s Innovision 2 concept watch. The wheels are fitted with nickel-mass elements and micro-blades, which stabilize the movement of the wheels through air friction. The oscillator beats at a steady 2.5 Hz. From 2014, the original implementation of Anchor Escapement entered the standard tourbillon mechanism; here we see its freak, which transforms the entire movement itself into a tourbillon.
As you may recall, the anchor escapement does not require the usual fulcrum of the pallet fork. Instead, the fork is suspended in the space between two interconnected vertical leaf springs. The escape wheel must provide enough force to push the fork to push the spring to both sides. And because the fork itself is suspended in space, there is no tricky friction to deal with. When the minimum threshold of force cannot be satisfied, the escapement abruptly stops rather than gradually providing less and less power. In an ordinary lever-type escapement, this will cause the watch to run faster and slower, until it finally comes to a standstill.www.reviewbestselling.com
This particular example of Anchor Escapement provides a 50-hour power reserve, and all of these are at constant amplitude. It is worth mentioning that the principle behind the UN Anchor escapement system – which requires a minimal amount of energy to move the flat spring between steady states – is shared with the other famous constant force escapement system of the United Nations sister brand Girard-Perregaux.
This watch also uses the Ulysse Nardin Grinder automatic winding system, which the United Nations claims to be twice as efficient as traditional winding systems. It does this by reducing the torque of the winding system so that light movement energy can be captured and stored in the mainspring. The entire gear train also completes silicon wafers, enhancing power transmission and reducing friction.
The Freak Vision is a super-sized watch with a diameter of 45mm, but as you can see in the above wrist-shot, it doesn’t wear too much. The case is made of 950 platinum and the bezel is made of titanium and blue rubber. In this case it makes sense: you can set this watch by turning the bezel. This watch reads like any other Freak. The rotating arrow points to the outside of the dial, indicating the time. Minutes are the long arm of the freak mechanism, the swivel arm. And because the escape wheel is on the arm, the entire escapement is fully rotated in one hour – this is a tourbillon.sale Hublot Classic Fusion 542.ZP.1180.RX replica watch
Freak has now become a complete watch series in the Ulysse Nardin product portfolio (not limited to a limited edition), so we can expect to launch more watches in the near future.
MB&F: Traditional Machine LM101 “Frost”
Frost. Brrrrr! For many people, the word “frost” is reminiscent of a cold and clear morning, and the winter sun shines on the frost-covered lawn. Due to the light reflected by the uneven light from the glint, the natural frost produces – just as the MB&F LM101 frost glitters, as light is reflected on its slightly uneven matte surface.
For the first time in 2014, the MB&F Legacy Machine 101 demonstrated and emphasized the crucial point in the watch: the balance wheel is responsible for adjusting the accuracy; how much power is left on the clockwork to indicate when it needs the next wound; and of course time. With the introduction of the new ‘Frost’ limited edition, these important LM101 elements now contrast sharply with the bubbling background of the frosted gold dial – not the actual dial but the top plate of the movement. Frost’s highly polished bezel and lugs provide an additional contrast, making the matte surface of the matte dial truly popular.
Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the “brushed” finish (French “financegrenée”) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. At the time, matte protection dials and movements were protected from oxidation – more common in Breguet days – and added softness to the event board. Traditional methods of frosting involve dangerous acids, which have largely replaced environmentally friendly (and medical) safer methods with a steel wire pen to carefully compress the surface. However, mastering and obtaining a uniform, unpolished surface is a more difficult process. Few artisans are now creating true scrub finishes: most of the matte-looking surfaces are actually bead-blasted and do not all have the same visual effects.where to buy replica richard mille watches
Visually, the MB&F LM101 Frost is made up of a giant suspension balance wheel that is now rhodium-plated so as to highlight more. Two pure white sub-tiles are suspended above the top of the fine-sanded movement: contrasting blue gold fingers show hours and minutes in the upper right corner, and a 45-hour power reserve indicator is shown below.
The MB&F LM101 Frost’s high-dome sapphire crystal lens is virtually invisible, creating the illusion that you can reach out and touch the huge balance wheel suspended on the elegant double arches. These arches are milled from a solid piece of metal and require hours of hand polishing to achieve its mirror-like sheen.
Turn over the MB&F LM101 Frost, show the back crystal – reduce the case thickness and the visual height of the watch – shows the exquisite hand-finished movement. Perceptually curved plates and bridges, hand-polished bevels, gold diamonds and countersunk blue screws represent a tribute to the style of historical pocket watches and demonstrate respect for historical legitimacy.
The award-winning independent watch manufacturer Kari Voutilainen is responsible for the fine processing and fidelity of the movement’s past with the watch. Its architecture and structure were developed in-house by MB&F.
Legacy Machine 101 Frost has two limited editions: 18 gold and 33 red gold.wholesale BELL & ROSS BR-X replica watches