Urwerk Embraces the Darkness with the Latest UR-100V
"From my first sketches for Urwerk until the present day, I have always envisioned and designed our creations on a metal bracelet. The latter is an extension of the watch around the wrist and in my mind, it complements the design perfectly. I like the fact that the material – in this this instance titanium – is quite cold when you put it on your wrist. It warms up slowly on contact, acclimatizing to you and gently embracing your skin. This extremely light bracelet also makes a special sound when you play with its links. It feels good. It is beautiful. To me, this watch is a real success, and I am happy to see it come to life for real,” said Martin Frei, artist and Urwerk co-founder.
"Our goal was to make the most comfortable watch to wear. The UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket is a perfectly ergonomic watch. Its bracelet is ultra-light and incredibly soft against the skin. It’s a bracelet synonymous with pleasure,” added Felix Baumgartner, master-watchmaker and Urwerk co-founder.
Under the UR-100V’s dome, in addition to Urwerk’s trademark satellite configuration of the wandering hours and minutes, the UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket brings your spin through space into sharp focus. When the minutes hand has completed its 60-minute journey, it reappears on a 20-minute scale of 555 kilometers. This is the distance you travel in 20 minutes if you are standing on the equator of our rotating planet. The opposite scale tracks your journey through space around the sun: 35,740km every 20 minutes.
In the display on the UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket, time and distance are on a par, the hours and minutes in blue, and the kilometers in bright white. Baumgartner reveals that he got the idea from a clock given to him by his father, Geri, a noted restorer of antique clocks. “It was made by Gustave Sandoz for the Universal Exhibition of 1893. Instead of showing the time, it showed the distance travelled by a point on the equator.”
Urwerk’s new Caliber 12.02 drives the carousel carrying the wandering hours on three satellites. Baumgartner says: “This movement enabled a redesign of the carousel, bringing the hours closer to the minutes as they travel in succession along the 60-minute scale. The result is an easier and more intuitive reading of the time.”
This carousel, as well as the structure on top of the hours, are forged from anodized aluminum then sanded and shot-blasted, while the satellite screws are each circular sanded. The satellites rest on a sanded brass-plated ruthenium carousel. The structure on top of the hours display is in sanded and shot-blasted aluminum. The self-winding rotor of the UR-100 is governed by a profiled airscrew known as the Windfänger.
There’s a nostalgic look about the case of the UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket. Many owners of Urwerk watches will recall the independent brand’s first models. Frei explains: “We have adopted some of the stylistic features of our first constructions, and then deconstructed them. For example, the steel dome of our early models is now in transparent sapphire crystal. The hard outlines of the titanium and steel case highlight its perfection. Because I’m always at odds with the dictates of symmetry, I have used different proportions to catch the eye.”
Urwerk will produce the UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket in a limited series of 25 pieces.