The 21st century classics gets a couple of new exterior variations, both landing on the opposite sides of the color spectrum.
The new Freak X timepieces represent two antipode design approaches: the Freak X Ice comes in titanium, while the Freak X Magma in red carbon fiber and black DLC titanium. According to the brand, these creations were inspired by ‘the stoic polar ice floes and the majestic volcanos’. To embody this volatile life force, Ulysse Nardin is partnering with Carsten Peter, a nature photographer, filmmaker, biologist and adventurer specialized in capturing never-before-seen images of some of the most remote and dangerous places on the planet, including glaciers and volcanoes.
Freak X Magma housed in a 43-mm black DLC titanium case makes much of an impression by its ultra-light carbon fiber and red, marbled epoxy resin, resembling the lava flow. Red indexes and tips of the ‘hands’ add up to the main theme. The combination of sandblasted and polished surfaces reflects a volcanic environment as well. A black leather strap evocative of obsidian volcanic rock is adorned with red stitches.
Opposing the Freak X Magma, the 43-mm case of the Freak X Ice combines brushed titanium with white matte coating. Navy blue indexes line out the alabaster-white dial while the hour and minute indicators are also white painted. Dark blue inserts are visible through the open-worked leather strap with a white rubber coating and blue stitches. Inside the Freak X Magma and Freak X Ice beats the UN-230 self-winding movement with a trademark flying carousel module acting as a minute hand. And of course, the mechanics are also visible through the transparent caseback.
The price is EUR 27,000 for the Freak X Magma and EUR 24,000 for the Freak X Ice.
Mar. 11, 2020