You can call Urwerk watches by numerous names, but timid or conservative aren’t part of this jargon. Challenging, striking, provocative, futuristic, uncommon, these are perfect approaches to depict these complex and avant-garde creations. Apart from the watches propelled by science fiction and space exploration, quite possibly the most striking models at any point was the UR-105 T-Rex , a textured, patinated bronze reptile that, incidentally, likewise shows the time, in exemplary Urwerk style. This plan is back, this time in the brand’s latest creation, with the new UR-100V T-Rex.
As said, bronze was utilized interestingly by Urwerk in 2016, with the UR-105 – in those days, the simplest model in the collection. At first, the utilization of this metal, which by one way or another represents the past and antique objects, doesn’t truly bode well in the context of ultra-innovation generally presented by Urwerk. But the brand likes to get things done in a different manner. Bronze isn’t utilized here to bring a vintage diver’s watch thought but to make an object with a more natural look, a more base attraction, which is built up by the bizarre texture of the case.
Now, in 2021, the brand introduces this equivalent plan concept on its new exemplary model, the UR-100 . Presented in 2019, this watch is a sort of straightforward, the “essential” Urwerk with an attention mostly on its signature show. Since its debut during the 1990s , the independent brand created by Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner stands out with its revolutionary, futuristic plans and its unique method to portray time. Meandering hours, similar to those on a sundial, is omnipresent. The stage was set from the earliest starting point with the creation of the UR101/102 showing time on a curve. Then came the satellite time indication with a host of creative and complex iterations… satellites, cams, transporters, rotating shapes, telescopic hands, and retrograde indications. But with the UR-100, there was the intention to return to the roots of the brand, with a presentation that repeated the first watches of Frei and Baumgartner.
The UR-100 features the emblematic satellite time show with orbital hour satellites. The red-tipped minute pointers on the hour satellites vanish after 60 minutes, later supplanted by the next hour. Yet, the red tip returns on another part of the dial, to show unique astronomical indications: distance traveled on Earth (at 10 o’clock) and distance traveled by Earth (at 2 o’clock).
As clarified in our article on the first models: “Basically, it utilizes the speed of Earth at the equator or the Earth’s orbital speed around the sun to show the distance traveled from these different perspectives in about 20 minutes. For instance, at the equator, the perimeter 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 traveled in about 20 minutes by the indicator at 10 o’clock. Along these lines, the indicator at 2 o’clock shows the distance Earth has traveled around the sun, a journey spreading over about 35,740 km each 20 minutes. Naturally, these additional ‘space-time’ indications won’t be of any practical use in regular daily existence (at least to me) but it’s more an invitation to dream that matches URWERK’s space-age universe quite well.“
This year, the brand carries back the T-Rex concept with this new Urwerk UR-100V model, which just varies in terms of shadings and materials. The 41mm width x 49.7mm length case is made of bronze and PVD darkened titanium. The bronze has undergone three progressive treatments. The first lies in the surprising composition of the compound which results in a delicate patina. The bronze is then in the possession of a computer-controlled processing station that cuts the pattern of scales on the top and sides of the case. The last cycles, sand-blasting and Urwerk’s proprietary method of biochemical burnishing, give the watch its distinctive tone. At last, these bevelled pyramids are truncated and cleaned to present a surface that is satisfying to the touch.
The show is here presented with a combination of dim tones – dark foundation and bronze-shaded rotating elements – with bright yellow indications for greatest contrast. The watch is worn on a dark alligator strap with bronze pin buckle.
The back of the watch uncovers the movement, the automatic type 12.01. The penetrated full rotor is regulated by a planetary flat turbine to limit stuns to the rotor bearing and to decrease mileage. A traditional URWERK feature, the baseplates are in ARCAP, a compound that doesn’t contain iron and isn’t magnetic. The type 12.01 beats at 28,800 vibrations each hour and its force hold is 48 hours.
The Urwerk UR-100V T-Rex Bronze is a limited edition of 22 pieces, and it will be evaluated at CHF 50,000 (excl. taxes). For additional details, visit www.urwerk.com .