Everyone always loves to dream. As a kid, if you were anything like me, you had Ferrari & Lamborghini posters on your bedroom walls. Well in the world of horology there is a similar concept, but there are many more options out there and an even bigger price spectrum. These unattainable timepieces are commonly referred to as "grail" watches. Watches that for the 99.9% are pretty much a dream. Today I present one such dream, the Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser. The Freak is just that, a horological anomaly that stands apart from its peers in every way. Its the side-show that onlookers marvel at in disbelief. At least that's what happened when Ulysse Nardin released the original Freak in 2001. The Freak has a dial that tells time without hands and was the first watch to utilize a silicon escapement wheel. So its understandable that it would cause a scene. There is also no crown to set the time or wind the mainspring. To set the time you simply twist the bezel after flipping up the latch at 6 o'clock. To wind the watch you turn the bottom half of the case. As you can see, everything about this piece is unique.
The Freak Cruiser, which is the latest iteration of the Freak family, has an updated bezel and the addition of the UN anchor logo on the "hands". The movement is in effect a one hour flying tourbillon as the entire going train makes a full rotation every hour. The reference pictured here has a white gold case with black alligator strap and is priced around $88k. Like I said, Ferraris & Lamborghinis.