As part of the brand’s ‘Unique Projects’ line, the UR-111C is Urwerk at its best, a mature watch that takes off with mechanical resourcefulness and a plan ethos straight out of Blade Runner. Despite the fact that it doesn’t bear the trademark satellite hour hands we have come to connect with the brand, the UR-111C is loaded with innovative presentations (bouncing hours, direct retrograde minutes, optical fiber-expanded seconds) and a look and feel that is 100% Urwerk.
Flying even with convention
Alternative methods of showing time by means of satellite hours on board futuristic vessels are the bread and butter of Urwerk. So when the brand divulged its most recent creation, the UR-111C, without its signature satellite hour complication, everyone’s ears pricked up. The UR-111C is an intriguing machine and draws on motivation from the previous King Cobra model . Introducing time in numerous organizations (direct and computerized) situated in various windows looking into it, the other surprising feature of this watch is the new interface. Getting rid of a regular crown, Urwerk has consolidated a novel roller in the focal point of the case with an extractable switch to set the time.
Alternative methods of showing the time
First introduced by Brice when it made its introduction in September 2018, we’ve presently had the chance of dealing with the UR-111C and figuring out its character and presence. Like all Urwerk watches, a short initial course on the most proficient method to peruse the time is valuable alongside a specific receptiveness and ability to be shipped into another component of horology.
The new UR-111C offers a few characteristics of the UR-CC1 King Cobra another nonconformist model that left from the meandering hours recipe by fusing direct and retrograde signs. Like the King Cobra, the UR-111C presentations the hours and minutes in a direct driver’s-style show at the front of the watch, however that is about where the similitudes end.
Like a driver’s watch, the showcase of the UR-111C is intended to allow you to counsel the time without taking your hands off the guiding wheel or flight controls. A delicate rotate of the wrist and the time is uncovered in the three adjusted sapphire precious stone glass compartments found simply over the drags at the lower part of the case. Hopping hours are perused on the left half of the dashboard on account of a turning cone that plays out a lively bounce on the hour.
Complex retrograde minutes display
The genuine masterpiece, possessing a large portion of the distributed space in the focal window, is the straight portrayal of minutes put along a corner to corner track and read by a turning helix with a thick yellow marker. The barrel with the moment markers is fixed and has an askew cut in its center to uncover the situation of the skewed yellow marker and demonstrate the minutes. Behind the moment barrel is another, bigger barrel designed with dynamic slice out vents to uncover portions of the looped spring lurking underneath deck. Because of the looped spring, the drum with the yellow marker winds its way up the moment track and, after arriving at the red hour long marker, plays out a bigger, immediate bounce back to zero driving the hours to hop ahead.
The cone on the privilege isn’t for the seconds however rather rehashes the moment readings in a pivoting show, furnishing the watch with two totally different organizations to counsel the minutes. Of no genuine useful worth, the second pivoting minutes show is truly there to give visual equilibrium. I found, nonetheless, that the metallic markings within the funnel shaped sapphire gem mirrored a great deal of light and on occasion it was difficult to see the hours or minutes.
Seconds amplified with a cut of optical fibre
The seconds are given their own special lodge on board the UR-111C and are situated under an enormous sapphire glass aperture towards the top finish of the case, dashed down with four screws – with regards to the mechanical plan ethos of Urwerk. Suggestive of the window on those front-stacking tape recorders of yesterday, the round computerized seconds counter beneath appears to drift close to the surface. For a more point by point clarification of the miniature mechanics required here, Brice’s article clarifies it all.
Composed of two separate wheels with odd and even numbers, the pleasant thing here is the manner in which the digits appear to push facing the glass, as though they were found nearer to the surface than they really are. Rather than a traditional Cyclops focal point, Urwerk has played out a world first in watchmaking by utilizing optical strands (a picture conductor) situated 1/10th of a millimeter over the numerals to make the deception of vicinity, while truly the numbers are tucked away far underneath. Despite the fact that it takes a touch of variation to become acclimated to perusing the diverse time designs, you can’t complain about an exhausting, ordinary display!
Compared to the King Cobra, the case development of the UR-111C is undeniably more refined and streamlined. The prominent curvature of the case follows the contours of the wrist flawlessly. Albeit many may scoff at the elements of Urwerk’s wrist machines, the UR-111C is maybe the most wearable model to date. Made in two distinct completions of tempered steel – one in cleaned steel that glimmers like a Greyhound transport from the 1950s, the other in a more obscure gunmetal steel – the case is 46mm long, 42mm wide and 15mm in tallness at the thickest point. (As a perspective, the Apple Watch Series 4 is currently accessible in a 44mm length.) Not demure measurements in any way shape or form, yet the curvature of the case, the smooth cambered plan and malleable front haul go far in alleviating its bulk.
The model we had in for review was the gunmetal steel form with an enticing sandblasted matte completion that feels extraordinary to the touch. By and by, you can feel creator Martin Frei’s exquisite mathematical moderation at work here. Along the lines of the American Streamline Moderne (otherwise known as ‘Art Deco on the Move’) school of the last part of the 1930’s, portrayed by smooth, streamlined lines copying the profiles of trains, sea liners, planes and vehicles, the instance of the UR-111C features vertical speed lines on the breastplate and curvaceous spaces that bring an exceptionally smoothed out and material appeal to the watch.
A new interface
Traversing the focal point of the case is a tube shaped roller scratched with profound furrows to coordinate the remainder of the decoration. Instead of an ordinary crown roosted on the highest point of the case, Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner needed to make another path for the wearer to communicate with the watch and thought of making a roller to wind the watch. The vibe of rolling the fluted chamber is amazingly fulfilling and, similar to any traditional crown will stop when the watch is completely wound. Notwithstanding regarding the smoothed out elements of the case – not hindered by a hulking crown – this unique way to deal with reevaluating the crown and draw in the wearer is, in my eyes, one of the victories of this watch. Another slick little gadget is the time-setting switch tucked away on the correct side of the case. By extricating the switch you can roll the roller to set the time.
Because of its extraordinary architecture, the development must be opened in from the side of the case. The caseback is enhanced with equal vertical grilles that proceed with the theme of the front side of the case. Shockingly, the repairmen are not uncovered on the converse side yet the programmed development driving the bouncing hours, retrograde direct minutes, computerized minutes and seconds has a 48h force save and a 4 Hz (28,800 vph) recurrence, and has been enriched with roundabout graining, Geneva stripes and features cleaned screw heads.
Rest assured that albeit the brand’s signature meandering hour show has been discarded for other arrangements, this watch is Urwerk profoundly. Smooth, smoothed out and flight-prepared, the matte gunmetal finish of the model gives the watch a covertness/modern/Sci-Fi look that is likewise incredibly enticing to the touch. Regardless of its measurements and commanding character, the UR-111C is substantially more compact than other Urwerk watches and its curved case makes it altogether wearable, even on little wrists of 17cm (as shot). Albeit a portion of the data handed-off (two separate moment registers) probably won’t be crucial, and for some even unnecessary, it enlivens the watch no closure. The first reevaluation of the crown with the focal roller is the thing that captivated us most about this watch and the manner in which it welcomes a more significant level of collaboration among man and machine.
Presented on a dark crocodile leather lash or a dark texture tie, the UR-111C is a restricted release of 25 pieces in hardened steel or steel with a gunmetal finish and retails for EUR 130,000 (excl. charges). More subtleties on urwerk.com .