The new URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime (Video, Hands-On)

URWERK can’t leave anybody aloof. Since its introduction during the 1990s , the non mainstream brand made by Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner stands apart with its revolutionary, futuristic plans and its unique method to depict time. Meandering hours, similar to those on a sundial, is inescapable. The stage was set from the earliest starting point with the production of the UR101/102 (we will come back to these watches later) showing time on a curve. At that point came the satellite time sign with a large group of innovative and complex emphasess… satellites, cams, carriers, pivoting 3D shapes, adaptive hands and retrograde signs. The story proceeds with the new URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime.

The new URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime features the brand’s meaningful satellite time show with orbital hour satellites. The red-tipped moment pointers on the hour satellites vanish following 60 minutes – supplanted by the following hour – however return to show unique cosmic signs: distance went on Earth (at 10 o’clock) and distance went by Earth (at 2 o’clock). It is somewhat bewildering from the outset yet you can watch our video (at the highest point of the article) and keep perusing to make things clearer.

Basically, it utilizes the speed of Earth at the equator or the Earth’s orbital speed around the sun to show the distance went from these alternate points of view in around 20 minutes. For example, at the equator, the periphery of the Earth is 40,070 kilometers, and the day is 24-hours in length so the speed is 1,670 kilometers/hour. That gives you the 555.55km went in around 20 minutes by the marker at 10 o’clock. Likewise, the pointer at 2 o’clock shows the distance Earth has gone around the sun, a journey crossing exactly 35,740 km each 20 minutes.

Naturally, these extra ‘space-time’ signs will not be of any viable use in regular daily existence (at any rate to me) however it’s more a challenge to dream that matches very well URWERK’s space-age universe. Furthermore, it looks specialized and cool. Similarly as Martin Frei, boss creator and fellow benefactor of URWERK, says: “For me, watches have a philosophical measurement. They are a physical and conceptual proliferation of our circumstance on Earth, with the dial addressing the equator, at the same time in steady movement while apparently fixed for us.

Interestingly, these watches were enlivened by a nineteenth century pendulum clock offered to Felix Baumgartner by his dad Gerry, a presently resigned clock restorer. Made by Gustave Sandoz for the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, it featured a controller type show showing the distance of the Earth’s turn at the equator on three diverse scales.

The URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime comes either in titanium and steel (UR-100 Iron) or in titanium and steel with dark DLC (UR-100 Black). The name UR-100 itself is introduced as some sort of “back to the future” for the brand. In the last part of the 1990s, URWERK introduced the UR-101 and UR-102.

The UR-100 is motivated by some plan components of these early URWERK manifestations. Specifically, the steel UFO bubbly arch of these verifiable models is repeated here in sapphire precious stone. At 41mm x 49.7mm x 14mm, the futuristic case has its crown at 12 o’clock. The video and pictures in this article will be superior to words to find out about its complex 3D plan and details.

Turning the watch over, the show caseback offers a magnificent perspective on the programmed type 12.01. Also, there once more, it would appear that no other watch. The penetrated full rotor is managed by a planetary level turbine to limit stuns to the rotor bearing and to lessen mileage. A customary URWERK feature, the baseplates are in ARCAP, a composite that doesn’t contain iron and isn’t attractive. The type 12.01 ticks at 28,800 vibrations each hour and its force save is 48 hours.

The URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime comes either on a dark specialized texture lash or on a dark gator cowhide tie with pin clasp. It is accessible in two initial restricted releases of 25 pieces each. Cost is set at CHF 48,000 (excl. charges), making it the most “accessible” (moderately talking, of course) URWERK in the collection.

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