The UR-T8 is the ultimate timepiece. Designed to celebrate 20 years of URWERK, this UR-T8 is a distillation of the independent watch brand’s unique blend of expertise and craziness. To make it even more exceptional, talented metal engraver Johnny “King Nerd” Dowell has devoted his talent to creating a truly one-of-a-kind model by adorning the body of the UR-T8 with the reproduction of a scene worthy of the film Jurassic Park: two fearsome, larger-than-life T-Rex Raptor heads.
The sale of this original one-of-a-kind model created for the retailer Art in Time / Monaco – a unique boutique dedicated to Independents initiated by Mr Karl-Friedrich Scheufele – is intended to benefit the Monaco Red Cross.
For URWERK designer and co-founder Martin Frei, a wristwatch is an object that invites interaction, appealing to your visual as well as to your tactile senses. You don’t just wear your UR-T8, you engage with it. “Our UR-T8 of course recalls the Reverso watches, we have unstructured the concept to create a genuine URWERK model. The UR-T8 features all the characteristics that we have made our own: the huge crown, the organically shaped sapphire crystal, the textured case that invites your touch, a strong personality and a recognisable visual signature”.
Its special aesthetic also owes a lot to the artistic work done by Johnny “King Nerd” Dowell: “When I was given the UR-T8 as a basis for my work, my eyes shone immediately. I was granted carte blanche to adorn the front and back of the watch and I had a lot of fun with it. The dark side of the case inspired me to create this slightly aggressive, dangerous, primitive pattern. I also indulged in one of my favourite exercises, working on shading and subtle colour gradients.”