Following on from the introduction of the first InnoVision timepiece, ten years ago, Ulysse Nardin has just announced a second version of the incredible concept watch.
Taking on the spirit of innovation this is a watch again pushes boundaries with ten individual patents to its name.
The first of this is the watch’s escapement. Building UN’s Dual Direct escapement that was one of the many big leaps that made the Freak possible in 2001, the InnoVision 2 now boasts a Dual Constant escapement. The genius behind the constant force effect is the material that UN was responsible from bringing into the watch industry first in 2001: Silicon.
The next innovation has to do with the process of producing the new escapement’s components, which require the bonding smaller than ever before silicon parts together to give rise to often three dimensional and complex pieces.
Innovation number three is the balance wheel and the balance wheel, both of which are produced in silicon thanks to the newly realized process of producing silicon components that is innovation number two.
Fourth on the list is the watch’s self-winding mechanism, which has seen a thorough overhaul. It now uses a pairing of large and small ball bearings and springs that intend to make for more optimal winding of the watch. UN is calling this newly formulated self-winding mechanism the “Grinder”.