A watch molded like no other… A showcase that indicates the time in a novel way… Complications that you won’t find anyplace else… URWERK’s most recent creation, the UR-100, takes the unordinary spaceship-looking watch and makes it significantly more strange. After two inaugural editions in steel or in black-coated steel, trailed by a GunMetal model , the brand discloses its fourth watch, a hotter and more luxurious edition. This is the URWERK UR-100 Gold Edition.
“A quite a while past in a system far, far away, a flash shot out of the ether. Radio telescopes uncover that the sparkling golden object hurtling toward earth seems, by all accounts, to be attempting to communicate, emanating signals in 6,000,000 dialects. Could it be C-3PO, the protocol droid in the Star Wars adventure? No, it is URWERK’s new yellow gold UR-100!” The primary lines of the public statement concerning the new UR-100 Gold specify the provenance of the watch, presently in its fourth scene in the UR-100 intergalactic saga… It is May the Fourth, after all.
Unless you’re new to the autonomous watchmaking scene, you will be acquainted with the name URWERK and its spaceship-roused watches. As co-author and creator Martin Frei, a self-confessed “sci-fi nerd since childhood” explains, “science fiction has been an endless source of motivation since the creation of URWERK.” And without surprise, the UR-100, the brand’s most recent creation, is consistent with its origins.
What is this watch? The watches produced by Frei and Baumgartner are altogether fascinating time-telling objects, in actuality. Yet, they can likewise be moderately enormous, gigantic and troublesome – to the point of addressing in the event that you can actually wear them. The UR-100 is a more reasonable timepiece – in URWERK guidelines – a watch that can be worn consistently, by most fans. It is thin, at only 14mm in tallness (which is very acceptable considering the complex presentation) and its rakish case is 41mm across, and beneath 50mm haul to-drag. Nonetheless, the brand makes no concessions to the manner in which time is indicated.
Under a super domed sapphire crystal conceals a typically URWERK show. A combination of turning satellites shows the hours and minutes and bounces back to focus in a sharp retrograde manner – the satellite carries the current hour on a 120-degree arched track, moved on from 0 to 60, to indicate the minutes until the next hour occurs and the moment module hops back to zero to be caught constantly satellite. While surprising from the outset, this showcase is actually lovely simple to peruse and consistently faces the wearer.
The new UR-100 Gold Edition
The case of this new URWERK UR-100 Gold is cut from a strong block of 18k 2N yellow gold and its surface is silk completed to a similar pale sparkle as the Star Wars droid C-3PO. The shape, seen from the highest point of the watch, follows Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. What’s more, for the occasion of this new form, the components of the dial are either black or gold colored – matching the black-and-gold scheme of the case/strap.
In expansion to the hours and minutes, the dial likewise includes two uncommon complications placed on the left and right sides. These are astronomical indications: distance went on Earth (at 10 o’clock) and distance went by Earth (at 2 o’clock). 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 instance, at the equator, the circumference 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 indicator at 10 o’clock. Likewise, the indicator at 2 o’clock shows the distance Earth has gone around the Sun, a journey crossing about 35,740 km like clockwork. In spite of the fact that they are not actually helpful, the indications are absolutely in accordance with the brand’s characteristic space-enlivened plans. For additional subtleties on this, you can check out our video in the inside and out article here .
Speed Controls in space
Powering the watch is an automatic based development (conveyed by GP) with 4Hz frequency and a 48h force hold – a development utilized distinctly for timekeeping. On top of it sits an in-house module for the complications. The back uncovers another speciality of the brand, a speed-managed automatic winding framework. On account of the Windfänger‘s guideline of the oscillating mass the planetary stuff restricts the speed of turn of the rotor, limiting both excessive winding and wear and expanding unwavering quality and lifespan.
Availability and Price
The URWERK UR-100 Gold Edition is a restricted edition of 25 pieces, worn on a black gator lash with a 18k gold pin buckle. It will be priced at CHF 58,000 (excl. charges). More subtleties at www.urwerk.com