Time flies…tempus fugit. Its already 10 years since a watch was introduced at the shocked Basel World and called “The Freak”.
The late Rolf Schnyder, a great innovator and provocateur if there ever was one in the watchmaking industry, introduced the Freak to a mesmerised crowd in 2003. I was among the crowd that day, walking away intrigued.
The mechanism was incredibly simple, and complicated at the same time…something that only a mind like Oechslin can dream of. There was no crown.
Setting of the time was done directly by turning the bezel. Winding was done by turning the rear bezel.
Over the years, we have grown familiar with the Freak. And on this 10th anniversary, UN unleashed a special edition for The Hour Glass…all black plates. Intriguing.
For the first time, the words Freak, appears on the watch, engraved on the locking plate for the timesetting function on the bezel.