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Review of the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan from Baselworld 2015

by Nick Gould on April 6, 2015

Usually when a watch is quite chunky or sits highly on the wrist, it will be commented on as having wrist presence.  The latest iteration of the Urwerk UR-1001, has the biggest wrist presence we have seen from a watch.  Introducing the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan.

Technically the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan isn’t a wristwatch. It is a large pocket device featuring the signature Urwerk revolving satellite complication with wandering hours, retrograde minutes, revolving satellite calendar with months and dates, day/night indicator, power-reserve indicator and  running seconds.

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The Urwerk UR-1001 Titan

The revolving satellite complication is a favourite of ours at Deployant.  It exudes a high tech/ sci-fi vibe and makes telling the time quite easy.  The hour is indicated by the number on the satellite arm above the pointer.  The pointer indicates the minutes. The hour and minute indicator move in synchronization from 0-60 minutes. During this time the other satellite arms are rotating in anticipation of the next hour, ready to be displayed. Once the minute indicator reaches the 60 minute mark. it will snap back to the 0 marker.  There the next hour will be waiting right above it to repeat the cycle

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The rotating satellite arms, that display the hour in tandem with the minute indicator

As the name suggests the case of the pocket device is made from Titanium, making it lighter than its older brother which was made from AlTiN treated steel.  Now for the bit that is pretty cool/bad bass.   Urwerk designed and created a strap with a mount for the pocket device.  This now turns it into a wristwatch!. The 2 piece construction allows for the pocket device to be placed inside, and the crown protected.

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The new strap which allows for the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan to be worn on the wrist

At the start of the article, wrist presence was brought up.  The dimensions of the watch are 106mm x 62mm x 23mm.  This makes a Panerai look small on the wrist.   There is no way of tucking the device under a cuff!  We certainly think Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing this piece as the Terminator would look 100% bad ass! Hasta La Vista!

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The Urwerk UR-1001 Titan strapped to the wrist. Wrist presence? You bet ya!

Concealed by a flap, the back of the watch reveals the rest of the features: The “Oil change” indicator (5 years), running-time indicator for 100 year and the linear running-time indicator for 1,000 years.

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The back of the watch, reveals various indicators

If you are seen wearing this you will definitely cause heads to turn, which could in turn lead people to be distracted enough to walk into a pole/another person, spill their drink or trip over.

The UR-1001 Titan will retail for $611,200 Singapore Dollars including GST.  The strap which allows you to wear the pocket device as a wristwatch will cost $60,000 Singapore Dollars including GST.

For more information on the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan please visit Urwerk.com

Technical Specifications

Case

Case in Titanium

Strap: Black leather strap created based on an original design by URWERK

Dimensions

106mm x 62mm x 23mm

Glasses: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Water resistance: Pressure tested to 3 ATM

Movement

Calibre UR-10.01 self-winding

Jewels: 51

Escapement: Swiss lever

Balance: Monometallic

Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz

Balance spring: Flat

Power: Single mainspring barrel

Power reserve: 39 hours

Winding system: Unidirectional winding rotor

Materials

Baseplate in ARCAP

Surface finishes: Circular-grained, Geneva waves and rhodium-plated baseplate, chamfered and polished screw heads

Indications

Revolving satellite complication with wandering hours, retrograde minutes, revolving satellite calendar with months and dates, day/night indicator, power-reserve indicator, running seconds
On the back: “Oil change” indicator (5 years), running-time indicator for 100 year, linear running-time indicator for 1,000 years
Super-LumiNova® on markers

Controls

Three-position winding crown

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