In 2007, Ulysse Nardin made a huge splash with InnoVision 1, which had 10 entirely new features that would set the standard for innovative watchmaking in the following decade. Eight of them have found a direct application on the market over the past 10 years. Now, in 2017, InnoVision 2 aims to do the same, with 10 other incredibly inventive features and 10 patents or patent claims. We have picked some of them for you…
InnoVision 2: The Constant Escapement is becoming a new standard in our industry. In a few words, it allows a constant amplitude of the balance wheel, for a better accuracy for the movement during the entire cycle of the power reserve. Innovision 2 combines a Dual escapement and a Ulysse Anchor (a flying anchor in silicium). The flying anchor is made with direct silicium bonding – a fabrication process improvement that allows complex structures for a material that has become key for Ulysse Nardin since the presentation of InnoVision 1.
The balance wheel is the beating heart of a movement. The construction of this strategic component has been entirely revisited by the engineers and watchmakers of the Manufacture in order to reduce its weight without loss in performance. This has been made possible by the combination of the lightness of silicium with solid gold elements and very distinctive and efficient paddle-shaped regulator levers.
Grinder is the result of a radical redesign of the common automatic winding system. How to define the Grinder in a short formula? Like for a sailing boat, a Grinder is an energy-conversion system. The objective is to allow an optimisation of the transmission through the flexibility of the material and the kinetic of the system. Four levers (instead of two for a traditional rotor) and a continuous movement of translation will bring double efficiency. A classic design for shock absorber in a mechanical watch comprises a total of five micro elements working together. This association of elements naturally brings friction. And watchmakers do not like frictions!
Ulysse Nardin has designed and manufactured an incredibly innovative system in glass that is fully integrated. As it is made of glass, the InnoVision 2’s new balance wheel bridge offers a wave of new possibilities to engineers. One of these is the idea of creating channels filled with Super LumiNova.
Innovation has driven Ulysse Nardin’s technicians and engineers for years, never losing sight of the idea that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. As InnoVision 1 did in 2007, InnoVision 2 is definitely marking, 10 years later, a new milestone in the constant quest for innovation of the maison.