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This special edition of the aBlogtoWatch Weekly podcast is brought to you by Ulysse Nardin. Rick and David sit down with Jean-Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin, to talk about the incredible Ulysse Nardin Freak family of watches, how they came to be, and how they changed the watch industry forever. Listen below or on the player of your choice.

Jean-Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin is a historic, technologically advanced producer of mechanical luxury watches, headquartered in Le Locle, Switzerland. The independent watchmaker has made a name for itself through its thousands of award-winning marine chronometers in the past, and through its innovative mechanical watches from the 1980s to date. In 2001, it introduced the Freak, a groundbreaking watch with an orbital movement that laid the groundwork for the unconventional watch designs that are now almost commonplace in the watch industry. Owned by Kering from 2014 until 2022, the brand was recently purchased outright by its management, reemerging as a truly independent brand.

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To learn more, please visit the Ulysee Nardin website


  • 0:52 The origin of the Ulysse Nardin Freak
  • 5:20 How the Freak works
  • 9:24 The revolutionary mechanics of the Freak
  • 11:40 The magic of silicium
  • 21:30 The 21-year evolution of the Ulysse Nardin Freak
  • 23:43 Prioritizing engineering and design over marketing
  • 30:00 The importance of being an independent brand
  • 34:22 What’s next for Ulysse Nardin

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