URWERK

We don’t try to bring out new versions of existing complicated mechanisms,” explains watchmaker Felix Baumgartner, co-founder of URWERK. “Our watches are unique because they are all designed as original works, which makes them rare and priceless. Our main aim is to go beyond the traditional horizons of watchmaking.” The original styling of each URWERK model is signed by chief designer Martin Frei, the company’s other co-founder. “I come from a background where creativeness has no limits. I am in no way prisoner of the traditional constraints of watchmaking, and I can therefore be freely inspired by my cultural heritage.”

Although URWERK is a young company established in 1997 (already 20 years old!) it is recognised as one of the forerunners of the new wave known as nouvelle horlogerie. Producing just 150 watches a year, the company sees itself as a craftsman’s studio where traditional expertise coexists with avant-garde styling. The company manufactures modern and complex watches that are unprecedented and in keeping with the most demanding criteria of fine watchmaking: independent design and research, advanced materials and handcrafted finishes.

The name URWERK comes from the ancient city of Ur of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia, founded nearly 6,000 years ago where the Sumerian inhabitants first established units of time based on the shadows cast by its monuments. Ur in the German language also means primeval or original and Werk means an achievement or a mechanism. Thus URWERK can be translated as an original movement — a tribute to generations of watchmakers whose work has resulted in what we know today as haute horlogerie, or superlative watchmaking.

Some timepieces to
discover

URWERK – UR112 AGGREGAT

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

The UR-112 Aggregat is the latest addition to URWERK’s Special Project collection, a laboratory offering horological freedom and follies encouraged. URWERK co-founders Felix Baumgartner, master watchmaker, and Martin Frei, artistic director and designer, started this new adventure from a blank page. And a sketchbook overflowing with ideas.

Aggregat is a compendium of 25.5 grams of distilled technique, offering fully digital time displays, from hours down to seconds. A double or nothing challenge for the watchmaker who is betting with microns. Starting with the hour and the minutes, each are displayed on triangular prisms operating under transparent cylinders, which appear as levitating mechanisms to be admired through the crystal. On the left, the digital hour display. Each of the 12 numerals is engraved then filled with Super-LumiNova. The transcription of time takes the form of a sign display switching sharply to a chronometric rhythm.
On the right, the same system displays the minutes. Minutes free from the strain of the singular and instead jump in 5-minute increments.

  • Reference
  • UR112 AGGREGAT
  • Limited edition
  • 25 pieces
  • Case material
  • Titanium & GunMetal
  • Case diameter
  • 51 x 42 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 16 mm
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • UR.13-01
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4 Hertz - 28800 Vph
  • Functions
  • Jumping digital hour on triangular satellite prisms; running digital minute
    on triangular satellite prisms; digital seconds; power reserve
  • Bracelet material
  • Baltimora
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium
  • retail Price
  • 295 000 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk – T8 Raptor for Charity

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

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.”

  • Reference
  • T8 - Raptor
  • Limited edition
  • Piece Unique 1/1
  • Case material
  • Titanium / Hand Engraved
  • Case diameter
  • 60.23mm X 48.35mm
  • Case thickness
  • 20,02 mm
  • Caseback
  • Titanium / Hand Engraved
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • UR-8.01
  • Winding
  • Selfwinding
  • Power reserve
  • 50 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4 hertz
  • Functions
  • Satellite complication with rotating hours modules mounted on planetary gears
  • Bracelet material
  • Black Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Retail Price
  • 180 000 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk UR210 Final Edition

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

The UR-210’s satellite complication with retrograde minute is both highly original and totally explosive. The principal feature is a high-tech, oversized, three-dimensional retrograde minute hand. Its function is to enclose the hour satellite and indicate the time as it transverses the 0-to-60-minute scale. This one-hour journey through time, tracing an arc of 120°, is smooth and fluid. But the true nature of the piece is revealed at the end of the 59th minute. Then a sharp distinct “click” signals the return of the minute hand to its starting point. In less than 0.1 of a second the hand flies back to dock with the next hour satellite. This ‘Titanium & Steel DLC’ version is a limited edition of just 7 pieces . The radical UR-210 Final Edition is uncompromising – it will be love at first sight for aficionados of avant-garde horology.

  • Reference
  • UR210Final
  • Limited edition
  • 7 pieces
  • Case material
  • titanium and stainless steel DLC
  • Case diameter
  • 43.8 mm x 53.6 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 17,8 mm
  • Caseback
  • titanium and stainless steel DLC
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • UR-7.10
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 39 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4 Hz
  • Functions
  • Patented revolving satellite complication with wandering hour and three-dimensional retrograde minute hand; power reserve indicator; winding efficiency indicator.
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • DLC Steel
  • Retail Price
  • 164 400 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk UR-111C TT

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Ne vous attendez pas à « du conventionnel » en prenant la UR-111C en main. Elle affiche des caractéristiques fortes : double affichage des minutes – linéaire et trainante ; heures digitales sautantes ; secondes squelettées avec transmetteur optique. De plus, avec la UR-111C, vous ferez pour la première fois l’expérience d’une couronne nouvelle génération. Le système de remontage, un cylindre intégré dans la partie supérieure du boîtier, tient lieu de couronne de remontage.

Faire rouler ce long cylindre cannelé pour remonter sa montre est une sensation nouvelle. L’indication numérique des secondes de l’UR-111C est également une première mondiale. Les unités des secondes – squelettées pour plus de légèreté – sont reparties équitablement sur deux roues. Ces deux index vont s’imbriquer l’un dans l’autre afin d’illustrer une avancée du temps très graphique. La dernière touche portée à la UR-111C réside dans son boîtier. Pour emboîter un tel mécanisme dans un tel boitier dont le corps central est fait d’un seul tenant, il a fallu ruser. L’emboitage se fait donc sur la tranche.

  • Reference
  • UR-111C TT
  • Limited edition
  • 25 pieces
  • Case material
  • stainless steel
  • Case diameter
  • 42 x 46 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 15mm
  • Water resistance
  • 3atm
  • Winding
  • self winding
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4Hz
  • Dial color
  • black
  • Dial material
  • aluminium
  • Functions
  • JUMPING HOURS, RETROGRADE LINEAR MINUTES, DIGITAL MINUTES, DIGITAL SECONDS.
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium DLC
  • Retail Price
  • 156 000 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk – UR100 Electrum

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Electrum is one of the original precious materials, regarded by the ancients as a veritable treasure. This gold and silver alloy was indeed much coveted among Ancient Greeks, Amerindian civilisations and
Ancient Egyptians. While the first coins were minted from this metal, the noble, flamboyant, luminous material gradually fell into oblivion… while awaiting a much-deserved new lease on life. URWERK recreates this magic in the UR-100 Electrum which proudly proclaims ‘here comes the sun’ as the Beatles famously sang.

The UR-100 Electrum is the new edition of URWERK’s 100 collection. This 25-piece edition has a case made of an organic gold and palladium alloy. In addition to its sunny yellow colour, it features a structured, pleated and undulating surface. This highly distinctive aesthetic is based on the numerous aesthetic
references of Martin Frei, co-founder of URWERK.

  • Reference
  • UR100 Electrum
  • Limited edition
  • 25 pieces
  • Case material
  • Electrum Yellow Gold
  • Case diameter
  • 41 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 14 mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 3 ATM
  • Movement
  • UR12.01
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 28'800 vph / 4hz
  • Functions
  • Satellite hours; minutes; Earth’s rotation on its axis at the Equator in 20 minutes; Earth’s revolution around the sun in 20 minutes
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Electrum Yellow Gold
  • Retail price
  • 69 000 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk UR-111C Black Cobra

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

In the URWERK tradition, none of the indications of the UR-111C watch are conventional: The minutes are shown in two different ways – linearly for eyes and digitally for precision. Never has a roller on the case performed the functions of the crown, nor have the running seconds meandered across a cluster of optical fibers. URWERK created a new interface with the watch. Instead of the conventional crown, they conceived a roller integrated into the top of the case.

Rolling the long fluted cylinder with your thumb to wind the watch is indeed a new sensation, but making it possible requires miniature gearing, complex articulations and intermediate wheels. The same applies to the original way of setting the time. Instead of pulling out a crown you swing out a lever from the side of the case and turn the roller in either direction. The hours and two versions of the minutes are displayed within glass sapphire covers along the side of the case so that you can see them at a glance without turning your wrist or letting go of the steering wheel.

  • Reference
  • UR-111C Black Cobra
  • Limited edition
  • 25 pieces
  • Case material
  • Stainless steel
  • Case diameter
  • 42 x 46 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 15mm
  • Water resistance
  • 3 atm
  • Winding
  • self winding
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4Hz
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • Aluminium
  • Functions
  • JUMPING HOURS, RETROGRADE LINEAR MINUTES, DIGITAL MINUTES, DIGITAL SECONDS.
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium DLC
  • Retail Price
  • 156 000 € including 20% VAT

Urwerk UR-111C Iron

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

In the URWERK tradition, none of the indications of the UR-111C watch are conventional: The minutes are shown in two different ways – linearly for eyes and digitally for precision. Never has a roller on the case performed the functions of the crown, nor have the running seconds meandered across a cluster of optical fibers. URWERK created a new interface with the watch. Instead of the conventional crown, they conceived a roller integrated into the top of the case.

Rolling the long fluted cylinder with your thumb to wind the watch is indeed a new sensation, but making it possible requires miniature gearing, complex articulations and intermediate wheels. The same applies to the original way of setting the time. Instead of pulling out a crown you swing out a lever from the side of the case and turn the roller in either direction. The hours and two versions of the minutes are displayed within glass sapphire covers along the side of the case so that you can see them at a glance without turning your wrist or letting go of the steering wheel.

  • Reference
  • UR-111C Iron
  • Limited edition
  • 25
  • Case material
  • steel
  • Case diameter
  • 42 x 46 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 15mm
  • Water resistance
  • 3atm
  • Winding
  • automatic
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4Hz
  • Dial color
  • black
  • Dial material
  • aluminium
  • Functions
  • Jumping hours, retrograde linear minutes, digital minutes, digital seconds.
  • Bracelet material
  • aligator leather strap
  • Buckle type
  • pin buckle
  • Buckle material
  • titanium
  • Retail Price
  • 156 000 € including 20% VAT

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