It isn’t each day that URWERK presents a fresh out of the plastic new piece – not a transformation of a current piece, but rather something really extraordinary and one of a kind. So when URWERK reports something new, we’re consistently eager to see the consequence of numerous long stretches of development… And its most recent child doesn’t frustrate. Striking and super current, as a URWERK should be, the new creation disposes of the signature meandering hours sign to reestablish another famous presentation: direct retrograde minutes. Meet the URWERK UR-111C, the direct
Wandering hours out – retrograde direct minutes IN
For more than 20 years, URWERK assembled its standing on the utilization of one interesting presentation: meandering hours. Surprisingly, this super current showcase was propelled by an obsolete method of introducing time. Attributed to the Campani brothers, meandering hour tickers get rid of the conventional game plan of concentric hands and combine the hours and minutes in a solitary indicator. A exceptionally natural approach to peruse the time, a meandering hours clock made for Pope Alexander XII by the Campani brothers was what got Felix Baumgartner rolling. This was the motivation for the absolute first URWERK, the UR-101 .
Most of the watches later imagined and manufactured by Frei and Baumgartner featured this showcase – the UR-103 , the UR-202 , the UR-1001 , the UR-110 , the UR-210 , the UR-105 or the UR-T8 . A couple of special cases for the standard: the EMC , of course, however especially the UR-CC1 King Cobra , a watch that left from the meandering presentation to bring straight and retrograde signs. On this watch, the hours are appeared by a hopping and pivoting chamber, the minutes with a retrograde chamber and the seconds with both a computerized and direct mechanism… This watch presently has a descendant, the URWERK UR-111C.
The URWERK UR-111C
As for the plan of this new URWERK UR-111C, despite the fact that the new presentation suggests a few changes in the shape, we identify the Sci-Fi themes that are so dear to Frei and Baumgartner. The new watch is evidently URWERK, strong, current, eccentric, huge, manly and a long way from careful – yet all things considered, you don’t lash a watch like this on the wrist to shroud it under a sleeve. The UR-111C is a genuine machine for the wrist.
The most intriguing piece of this watch is positively to be seen on the mechanical side – which at URWERK implies a strange showcase. The sign of the hours, minutes or seconds in a non-customary way (comprehend exemplary hands turning at 360°) has consistently been a signature feature on URWERK watches and the new UR-111C obviously doesn’t change that. Truth be told, it shows more than one unordinary sign. The primary concern of interest with the new creation is that the meandering hours are gone. But that doesn’t imply that the watch is any less specialized or impressive.
The front side of the watch, with its three curved sapphire precious stones, incorporates one sign of the hours and two signs of the minutes. Let’s start on the left side where hopping computerized hours are shown on a rotating shortened cone. Not exclusively is the sign conveyed on a turning cone however it bounces unequivocally consistently, so the current time is in every case impeccably showed. The correct side is a progressive moment show, additionally through a rotating cone – consider this presentation a “backup” and a visual stabilizer for the hour display.
The fundamental sign and the one that will make the genuine “wow effect” is the focal one. Propelled by the “King Cobra” watch, the URWERK UR-111C once again introduces the linear show of the minutes, in any case, with another test. As indicated by the brand “the straight track of the presentation inclines corner to corner across its aperture, rather than on a level plane in accordance with the turning chamber that conveys the helix marker along the track of minutes. Because of the inclining track, the chamber pivots 300 degrees about its hub to carry the helix to the 60th moment, simultaneously furnishing a since a long time ago, snaked spring. To take the helix back to the beginning, the spring deliveries to snap the chamber forward another 60 degrees and take the hours leap toward the following hour.” Definitely, something we need to find in real life – and it will come soon as we have just requested an audit watch.
And there’s more… The seconds are likewise shown by the URWERK UR-111C and unsurprisingly, the showcase is a long way from traditional. It is an advanced seconds counter, mounted then again on two minuscule wheels: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 on one wheel, and 5, 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 on the other. Every openwork seconds wheel weighs 0.018 grams (0.025g with numerals) — miniature lacework in metal gratitude to the LIGA interaction. The showcase shows up strangely near the wearer on the grounds that the plates are put under an alleged “image conduit”, situated a 10th of a millimeter over the numerals. This round window is made in precisely adjusted optical fibres.
Are we finished with the URWERK UR-111C? Not yet! Presently comes the man-machine association, and the manner in which the wearer cooperates with his watch. The winding framework is worked by a since quite a while ago fluted chamber or “roller” coordinated on the highest point of the case. Despite the fact that the base development is programmed, winding the watch with this roller will be essential for the pleasure. The same applies to the first method of setting the time. Rather than pulling out a crown you swing out a switch from the correct side of the case and turn the roller in either course. Thinking about these gadgets and irregular sign, the case can’t be amassed in an exemplary manner – as seen over, the development must be opened from the side of the case, when the boards have been taken out and the time-setting switch dismantled.
As for the actual watch, the URWERK UR-111C is likewise another interpretation of the brand’s trademark plan. Surely, the signature DNA is as yet present however the shape is not the same as what we’ve found in the past – more rakish, less natural. The UR-111C gives off an impression of being a rather strong watch, yet the measurements ought to be more “decent” and easy to understand than some of URWERK’s past manifestations. The case measures 42mm x 46mm and is 15mm in stature (close to the vast majority of the Valjoux-fueled watches). The URWERK UR-111C will be accessible in two variants. The first has an exemplary cleaned and brushed steel case, while the second has a matte gunmetal finish.
The URWERK UR-111C will be a restricted release of 25 pieces in each finish, with a cost of CHF 130,000 before charges. More subtleties on www.urwerk.com .