Meet Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 watch replica, a concept watch featuring avant-garde innovations that will make us rethink the future of mechanical watchmaking.
The Ulysse Nardin R&D team did not stop with the Freak however. The brand’s research in the innovative use of new technologies and materials opened up amazing possibilities. Ulysse Nardin truly heralded a new era in mechanical watchmaking, using silicon, nickel and nickel-phosphorus (LIGA) or diamond, ‘DIAMonSIL’ (silicon covered with synthetic diamond) to shape components within avant-garde concepts. To support this forward-thinking strategy, Ulysse Nardin even created Sigatec in 2006 (together with Mimotec) which is involved in LIGA and DRIE technologies to manufacture components.
This partnership would yield several milestones in mechanical watchmaking history. Among these, the legendary Freak housing the innovative “dual direct escapement” with silicon escapement wheels. With it, Ulysse Nardin became not only the silicon pioneer of mechanical watchmaking but developed a brand new escapement – which remains a crowning glory for the most skillful and creative watchmakers. Founded in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has a long tradition in the field of chronometry and is well known for manufacturing accurate marine chronometers. In the early 1980s, an encounter between Rolf W. Schnyder, a businessman and visionary, and Ludwig Oechslin, a brilliant horologist, turned this traditional manufacturer into one of the most innovative watch brands around.
SIHH 2017 – Ulysse Nardin is about to make some noise at its first SIHH, showing off some seriously cutting-edge technology. The watch you’re about to see is nothing like anything you’ve seen before. Every part of this mens Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 copy watch boasts an innovation, whether we’re talking about the escapement, the display, the winding system or even the hands.
In 2007, the presentation of InnoVision 1 stunned connoisseurs, a concept watch that allowed Ulysse Nardin to demonstrate its technical capabilities with 10 innovations, 7 of which made it to production pieces.
The design idea remains true to the original Freak: its revolving movement features a gear train and escapement rotating once every hour and showing the minutes. The case has no crown as the time can be adjusted by turning the bezel, while the movement can be hand-wound by turning the case back. But behind this somehow familiar look, the InnoVision 2 evidences the comprehensive expertise of Ulysse Nardin and its capacity to imagine alternative possibilities in designing new concepts and in using cutting-edge materials and technologies.
An innovation in production technology, the strategic silicon component of the escapement involves silicon bonding as the complex, three dimensional shape of this part requires a two-part production process, which is unprecedented for small horological components. A vertical bond is created by compressing hydrophobic surfaces at process temperatures of between 1000 to 1200 degrees Celsius with the addition of oxygen.
This year the brand is attending SIHH for the first time, and so Ulysse Nardin is about to make some noise, bringing back the InnoVision concept – featuring no less than ten avant-garde innovations that may make us rethink the future of mechanical watchmaking, all gathered within a new “Freak” concept named unique fake Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2.