Ulysse Nardin has created a perfect gift for the 75th birthday of their owner and President, Rolf Schnyder. To commemorate his achievements the brand is introducing the Freak Diavolo Rolf 75. Schnyder said: “To celebrate my 75th birthday, I’ve chosen the Freak because it was an historic breakthrough for Ulysse Nardin and for the watch industry in general, and it is by far our most important piece.”
This model is a limited edition offering and appropriately enough it will be limited to 75 pieces worldwide. The Freak Diavolo Rolf 75 is made out of platinum and comes with Schnyder’s signature on the case. It has a power reserve of over eight days and like the original Freak its tourbillon carrousel possesses no true dial, crown or hands. For the new Freak slicium is used for its escapement wheels and features a new flying tourbillon (indicating the seconds) as well as two new ball-bearing systems. Its frequency of 4 Hz is the most powerful oscillator so far.
It is a fitting gift for Schnyder who has been recognized by the industry for his contributions. In 2003, the Musee International d’Horlogerie awarded him the “Spirit of Enterprise” Gaia Award. This year the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: Asian Edition honored him with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.”