Unveiling Athens’ Unexplored Outdoor Hunting Style

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Unveiling Athens’ Unexplored Outdoor Hunting Style

[Watch Talk] Hello everyone, although the Freak X from Ulysse Nardin has appeared many times on our show, the moment the Khaki Green Carbon Fiber Freak X OPS appeared, it still caught our attention because this color presents a style that Ulysse Nardin has never ventured into before – the outdoor hunting style.

Carbon fiber is not a stranger to Ulysse Nardin, a brand known for its technological achievements. As early as 2019, Ulysse Nardin released the Skeleton X Magma watch, which uses a material called Magma carbon fiber composite. This carbon fiber material is cast by pressing black carbon fiber and colored epoxy resin under high temperature and high pressure. Previously, Ulysse Nardin’s use of this material for watches was mostly in a magma-like red color, but this time, a more subdued khaki green epoxy resin was used. As for the black carbon fiber pattern, the official explanation is that it is inspired by the Damascus steel texture pattern, and each pattern on the watch is unique. When these patterns are combined with the green color, I personally feel that it resembles contour lines on a map, especially when paired with the scale and hands that have the same color as the case’s luminescent coating. It truly makes this watch appear like a tactical tool that can help you complete various tasks.

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In addition to the carbon fiber on the left and right sides, the main titanium case of this watch has also undergone black DLC treatment. Furthermore, with a net weight of 74.3 grams, it stays within the baseline for a carbon fiber watch. Due to its lightweight and excellent wearing comfort, it is hard to believe that it has a case diameter of 43 millimeters – it feels more like 40 or 41 millimeters. Especially with the khaki green Velcro fabric strap specially chosen by Ulysse Nardin for this watch, not only is it easy to wear and remove, but it also showcases the outdoor hunting style that Ulysse Nardin has not explored before. The strap also features a thoughtful anti-fall block at the end, eliminating any worries of accidentally dropping the watch when removing it.

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Like other Freak X models, this watch also uses the UN-230 automatic Caliber, known for its technological advancements. This movement is evolved from the UN118 movement and incorporates more traditional movement constructions while reproducing the essence of the traditional Freak. For example, the movement only retains the carousel structure and escapement components on the front of the watch, while all other timekeeping wheel systems are hidden beneath the dial. Additionally, it restores the 3 o’clock position crown, which the traditional Freak did not have, allowing for time adjustment and winding through the crown like a regular watch. Finally, the power reserve operates similarly to a conventional automatic movement, relying on automatic winding through the oscillating weight, rather than manually winding it from the back, as with the traditional Freak.

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Although this means that the traditional Freak’s characteristic of having no hands, no dial, and no crown has become two out of three, the price has dropped several times while maintaining the same technological features. Not only are all silicon parts made of Ulysse Nardin’s unique diamond silicon, but it also features a silicon balance wheel with nickel masselottes, with a stylish design. That’s why I have always said that the Freak X from Ulysse Nardin is a definite price slayer and offers great value for money among the Caliber watches. Especially with the introduction of this OPS version, it can be said that it has contributed a completely new style to the world of Caliber watches.

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These are my insights on this watch. If you have anything to say about this watch, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know. For all the watch lovers out there, see you in the next episode! (Photo/Text by ThinkWatch)

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