Lisa Washington –
Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo Watch Review
Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has long been known for creating a variety of luxury watches ranging from the classic and elegant to sporty and stylish. The brand’s newest addition the Freak Diavolo is somewhat similar in design to the original Freak and its variations. It debuted about ten years ago and continues to have a very strong following to this day. The brand even calls the Freak “a game changer in haute horology.” The new Freak Diavolo is not a replacement for the original Freak but a tribute and a new and improved version of the “freakish” original.
Freak lovers will appreciate the new Freak Diavolo’s tourbillon complication as well as the characteristics of the original Freak watch that made it so different and striking in the first place. These features include a silicium constructed escapement wheel and a luxury watch without a proper dial, crown or hands-all of which were a first for watches. One might be reluctant to wear a watch without those basic components however, the Freak Diavolo is not hard to read.
Rather than doing a side by side comparison of the original Freak and its variations and the new Freak, let’s focus on the Freak Diavolo. The Freak Diavolo measures 44.5 millimeters in diameter and comes equipped with an 18 karat white gold case fashioned to a black leather strap. It also features a manual wind, sapphire crystals and a very generous eight days of power reserve.
Unfortunately for athletes, the Freak Diavolo was made as an example of time-keeping art and was not made for violent shocks, knocks or use in water. It is resilient in that it can take occasional splashes of water and ordinary environmental wear without any ill effects to the precision time-keeping.
Upon first glance, the Freak Diavolo might appear to be more of a piece of wearable art rather than a complex timepiece. However, if you review the setting instructions of this piece you will see that this watch is certainly complex and require a lot of attention to detail. The Freak Diavolo is much more than a gimmick or trendy watch.
With that said, the Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo watch makes an exciting and handsome addition to any watch collector’s compilation. This timepiece is comfortable, fascinating to look at, precise and carries just enough shock value for a luxury watch to keep things interesting. If you are looking for a watch that will add some excitement and charm to your normal rotation of watches, you’ve found your match!