Urwerk releases a new version of their UR-100 in a new all titanium case and bracelet.
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New: Urwerk UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket
Retail price for the Urwerk UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket is set at CHF 65,000 excluding tax.
The UR-100V model line began in 2019, and have continued to be developed into successive models – the UR-100 Iron, the UR-100V Blue, the UR-100 Electrum, the UR-100 Full Metal Titanium and the UR-100V C52.This latest novelty is an elaboration of the Full Metal Titanium edition, but with a new all titanium bracelet, earning it the moniker Full titanium Jacket. The titanium case and bracelet is coated in black DLC treated. And the watch is delivered with both the attached titanium bracelet and a spare rubber strap. The release is a limited edition of 25 pieces.
“Black is black. It’s been our signature since day 01 of URWERK and it always will be. Our newest creation, the UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket is plain yet brimming with life and adrenaline. When a piece is dressed in black, it has to deliver its message straight to the heart. It has to be striking, intense.That’s what we wanted to do here.The beauty of UR-100V in its raw, pure state.”Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, co-founders of URWERK
” 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, acclimatising 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”Martin Frei, artist and co-founder of URWERK.
This very special bracelet is composed of 32 black DLC-treated sandblasted titanium links ensuring a perfect aesthetic result.
The 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.
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 kilometres. 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 kilometres in bright white. Watchmaker and URWERK’s co-founder, Felix 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 Calibre 12.02 drives the carousel carrying the wandering hours on three satellites. 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 anodised aluminium 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 aluminium. The selfwinding 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. “We have adopted some of the stylistic features of our first constructions, and then deconstructed them”, explains Martin Frei. “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”, he concludes.
UR-100V Full Black Titanium Jacket LIMITED EDITION OF 25 specifications
Calibre Selfwinding UR 12.02 movement with the winding rotor governed by a Windfänger airscrew.
Jewels / Frequency / Power reserve 40 / 28,800vph / 4Hz / 48 hours
Materials Satellite hours on beryllium-bronze Geneva crosses; aluminium carousel;
Finishes carousel and triple baseplates in ARCAP alloy Circular graining, sanding, shot-blasting; chamfered screw heads; hours and minutes painted in Super-LumiNova®
Indications Satellite hours and minutes; rotational distance at the equator in 20 minutes; orbital distance in 20 minutes
Materials Black DLC on shot-blasted and sanded crown; Matt sanded logo; Black DLC on sanded crown guard; Caseband in black DLC on titanium case. Caseback in black DLC-treated DLC sanded titanium
Dimensions Width: 41mm, length: 49.7mm, thickness: 14mm
Water resistance Pressure tested at 3ATM (30m)
Bracelet Titanium with 32 black-treated sandblasted links (delivered with an extra rubber strap)