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Press Release: Urwerk UR106 “Lotus”

by Chester Lau on September 2, 2015

URWERK releases the latest interpretation of their trademark satellite display watch, this time for the ladies. URWERK watches have the reputation of being rare, technically advanced, elaborate to the point of complexity, and classy. However, one thing lacks among the various attributes of the brand — its watches are not seen as feminine. Until now. The new URWERK  UR-106 also known as the “Lotus”, is the first from the independent brand that is made for women.

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The Lotus comes in two models, one in black and another white. The case is made with black PVC-coated titanium and steel set with black diamonds.

The UR-106 “Lotus” features the brand’s signature satellite hours in a guise never before seen. Three satellite hours wander across the dial to create the most graphic of horological blooms. “We never made watches for men and watches for women because we never thought in those terms when we put our ideas down on paper,” explains Martin Frei, the company’s chief designer and co-founder. “We thus embarked on a stylistic exercise that was unprecedented for us. We have of course long considered what we regard as the ultimate challenge, because creating for women is indeed a perilous undertaking. With its glittering gemstones and soft curves we created the UR-106 with one image in mind; that of the lotus flower, which in my imagination represents the beauty of women in all their complexity.”

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A breakdown of the dial side parts and complication.

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On the wrist. Size wise, the black titanium case is well designed for the ladies’ wrist. The contrast of black diamonds and black titanium against the luminous green markers further draws attention to the watch.

The UR-106 “Lotus” comes in two versions: one is in titanium and steel with diamonds on the bezel, crown and buckle; its antithesis is in black PVC-coated titanium and steel set with black diamonds. “We confronted the two aspects of the same watch — light on one hand and darkness on the other,” enlarges Martin Frei. “We are all creatures of light, but it is our shadows that complete, and define who we are. Tangible dualities are qualities essential to understand the nature of things. In darkness and light, the UR-106 “Lotus” is a double watch.”

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The White Lotus in titanium and steel set with diamonds on the bezel.

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The UR-106 Lotus features a revised version of the satellite hours. Three satellites, each with four hour numerals, sweep along the minutes scale in an analogue and digital indication of time. A moonphase adds to the display.

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The UR-106 is a concept piece that has taken 18 years to perfect. The carrousel and its satellites have been meticulously satin-finished by hand, and each numeral for the hours and minutes is hand painted. The extremely fine minutes scale was fashioned in URWERK’s workshops and the lapis lazuli blue of the moon was selected from hundreds of other colours.

The URWERK UR-106 marks a turning point in URWERK’s history with its first venture into ladies watches. We are very excited to get a hands on at the launch later today and do stay tuned for a live review later tonight.

 

Movement  
Calibre: Selfwinding UR 6.01, 48 hours power reserve

 

Finishes: Circular graining, shot peening, brushing, chamfered screw heads.

 

   
Dial Satin-finished plate in ARCAP

Hours satellites and carrousel in titanium peened and brushed by hand

Serrated minutes scale

Lapis lazuli moon

Hand-painted hours and minutes markers in SuperLuminova

 

Indications

 

Satellite hours, minutes and moonphases

   
Case  
Materials: UR-106 Lotus: steel case and titanium crown set with diamonds, titanium caseback (limited edition: 11 pieces)

 

UR-106 Black Lotus: steel case and titanium crown, PVD coated in black, set with black diamonds, titanium caseback PVD coated in black (limited edition: 11 pieces)

 

Dimensions: Width 35 mm, length 49,4 mm, height 14,45 mm

 

Glass: Sapphire crystal

 

Water resistance: Pressure tested to 3 ATM (30 metres)

 

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