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Only Watch 2015: Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale

by Peter Chong on September 10, 2015

Only last week, we saw the launch of the latest Urwerk UR-106 Lotus. Please see our coverage of the press release by clicking here, and our live hands-on report by clicking here. And yesterday, Urwerk announced their latest. A contribution to the Only Watch Auction this year in aid of research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We have covered numerous Only Watch offerings, and thought it was all done and dusted (the auction is scheduled for 7th November in Geneva by Phillips Auctioneers), and Urwerk unleashes this newly announced piece. 

Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale

 

Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale

Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale

 

The Urwerk UR106 Lotus was intended as the first offering from the independent watchmaker for ladies, and we were quite intrigued by it. Many of the ladies we spoke to at the launch event gave favourable opinions on the Lotus. And only in 11 pieces in white and 11 in black, we think it would be a good commercial success as well.

 

The movement Caliber 6.01 is the same as the one used for the Lotus, shown here in exploded view.

The movement Caliber 6.01 is the same as the one used for the Lotus, shown here in exploded view.

 

The Edition Spéciale for the Only Watch 2015 is essentially the same watch, but in a titanium case with a steel bezel with black pvd coating, similar to the Black Lotus, but without any black diamonds on the bezel. This changes the texture of the bezel, as Martin Frei, co-founder of Urwerk explained to us, the use of the black diamonds on the Lotus was not only for its traditional purpose of increasing bling and value, but also, perhaps more importantly to create a special texture for the bezel. One which is tactile and pleasant on the hand. The Edition Spéciale uses a plain black pvd steel bezel, and this changes the texture dynamics of the watch quite a bit. Interesting use of material, and perhaps novel.

 

The case is the same size, at a width of 35 mm, length 49,4 mm, height 14,45 mm, is quite unisex. The open architecture of the “dial” revealing the three revolving satellites is quite a stunner to look at.

 

Detail showing the open dial side of the Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale.

Detail showing the open dial side of the Urwerk UR106 Edition Spéciale.

 

Full specifications from Press Release

REFERENCE No. 106
CASE No. Edition spéciale
MODEL NAME UR-106 “Only Watch”
CASE MATERIAL Titanium case and steel bezel with black PVD coating.
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressure tested to 30m / 3ATM.
Surface finishings: Circular graining, bead-blasting, satin finishing.
DIAL Triple baseplate in ARCAP
CALIBRE 6.01 – automatic winding
BRACELET Aligator leather
DIMENSIONS Width 35 mm, length 49,4 mm, height 14,45 mm

SPECIFICITIES Unique piece

 

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