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Review: Urwerk UR-106 Lotus with live pictures and pricing

by Chester Lau on September 2, 2015

Following our last article with the press release of the Urwerk Lotus, we write a hands on review of this watershed piece. After an afternoon of intimate fellowship with the two watches, we have heard varying critcs of the highly anticipated URWERK, and notably, some have said that the Lotus is a feminine piece but not a ladies watch. Others have said that it is a hit and poised to bring in customers of the approximately 40 percent of the ladies luxury watch market. Of course, we took it as our duty to ask around for opinions during the launch event, and in particular for the opinions of every lovely lady we could speak to and their ideas have helped shape our view. So what do we think about this piece?

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The black model in a PVC treated titanium case decorated with black diamonds. Notably, it uses a highly unconventional labyrinth design on the moonphase disc which adds finesse to the space-themed URWERK Lotus.

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The moonphase disc with the Labyrinth moonphase- a feature unmentioned but left for the owner to discover. A surprise in its own right.

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Caseback in brushed finish, with a notably utilitarian engineered design, with nothing to craze about with regard to aesthetics, but a simple machine like interpretation design.

Hands on afternoon with the UR-106

Of the two, our favourite is the black PVC treated titanium model. The black leather and full black case contrasts adequately with the green luminous markers and the overall effect is a brilliant rebel watch. The case captures the essence of URWERK’s watches, with the satellite display, mechanical layout and engine like caseback. The case design is adequately sized and ergonomically engineered for a small wrist.

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In white, the colour contrast seems weaker vis-a-vis the black version, with the signature green luminous markers against a black case. The legibility of the blue hour markers is also reduced relatively in comparison with the black version.

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A close up shot to showcase the brushed finish of the satellite disc hour markers.

Apart from the well known satellite disc design, an interesting point to note is the reduction from 4 hour discs to 3 discs. The reduction reflects a more economical use of power as well as a reduction in overall size. Apart from the use of a polish finished titanium case, the “Lotus” is fit with diamonds on its bezel. While some of us are used to the idea that diamonds are an easy way for ladies watches with the notion of ‘bling’ attached to it, Martin A Frei, URWERK’s founder argues that the use of diamonds is to create texture rather than just pure bling.

The Watch that men want for their ladies

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Fitting with the space, Atlantis, futuristic, alien-like, steampunk ideas, the URWERK UR-106 is adds a finishing touch to the overall theme.

A new category in luxury watch purchases, as mysoginistic as it seems, is the watch men want for their ladies. More palatably put, these are watches that would let men (who matter) or anyone, look up to the women who wear them. The watches are not only attention grabbers, for the interesting case design and unique dial layout, but also sophisticated accessories for the successful woman.

A watch that ladies want for themselves

But let us get out of the victorian age and realise that this timepiece is in and of itself a piece which women would want for themselves. The unique selling proposition and differentiation factors in the time display format, coupled with the setting of diamonds, size up to an irresistibly one of a kind timepiece that doubles as a statement accessory. While it may be more desirable for the adventurous women of today, it is also women of this category who can, quite frankly, be able to afford this statement timepiece.

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Masterpiece timekeeping on the wrist

Is it a unisex timepiece?

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A couple shot of the two UR-106 timepieces.

From the perspective of asian men like myself, with small wrists, the URWERK UR-106 seems to be an adequate downsize for the smaller sized male. While the white maybe overtly feminine, the black design may in fact be interpreted as a mid-sized men’s timepiece, minus the diamonds of course. The beauty of the timepiece is not in its overt transformation to a purely elegant and feminine timepiece, but an amalgamation of traits of masculine watches with the elegance of a ladies timepieces. We find that the Lotus is a versatile timepiece which brings out the masculine side of the lady, interpreted through the technically retrofitted design and sporty colour combination.

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A couple watch concept perhaps? The UR-106 Lotus with the UR-105 TF.

For comparison purposes, we have a shot of the UR-106 Lotus with the UR-105 TF. The TF is slightly larger given its 4 satellite disc layout. The UR-105 Lotus is smaller due to the downsized movement and also a more tapered case design near the crown. Nonetheless, this couple watch pairing is something we thought of spontaneously, that it would be a great idea for a couple to pull off two URWERKs at any given event/time.

The UR-106 is priced at S$160,800; something to cringe about given the many digits, but nonetheless, a fun timepiece with serious engineering at a serious price. For us at Deployant, we are very much pleased with this interpretation of the masculine URWERK designs and are eager to see this timepiece on the wrists of collectors.

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