URWERK launches the initial UR-120. Nicknamed “Spock”, the look at pays tribute to the sci-fi basic Star Trek, a cultural reference that has impressed URWERK’s layouts and aesthetics from the beginning.
Hand up, palm ahead, fingers parted in the center, and then the greeting: “Live lengthy and prosper!” Acknowledged to all Star Trek enthusiasts, this Vulcan salutation rings like a blessing. This signal is also an integral portion of URWERK’s style DNA – an impression of Spock has occupied pleasure of location on just one of the walls in their Geneva workshop for decades.
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A V-Shaped Open Hand
Recreating the Vulcan salute in a watch screen is the most recent problem for URWERK co-founders Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei. The wandering hours that has come to be just one of the hallmarks of URWERK watches appear bearing an up-to-date hour marker. Unlike its predecessors, the satellite marker of the UR-120 comprise of two rectangular studs that appear collectively to exhibit the hour device, and different as it exits the moment keep track of. Upon reaching the remaining aspect of the circumstance, the command to improve the satellite confront triggers the separation of the two studs, which then spin on their individual axis, just before shutting to screen the new hour unit.
“In truth of the matter, when we understood we were going to have to open the satellite, I was about the moon,” says Felix Baumgartner, URWERK’s co-founder and learn watchmaker. “Our greatest obstacle has constantly been to take care of forces. At the actual minute of the salute, a lyre-formed spring opens and then closes the satellite. Handling energy then and there is complicated and pretty delicate. We will need to regulate the opening AND the stud rotation. We finished up production the spring ourselves, in-residence, because we had to go by way of so a lot of trials whilst defining its geometry and thickness. With the UR-120, we also professional a considerable attain in readability: the hour markers these opening studs authorized have grown even bigger by 35% compared to the UR-110.”
The acquire in thickness to allow the new rotating and spinning satellites interprets to a new quantity for the UR-120 circumstance. The UR-120 circumstance is created up of two interlocking areas, equivalent to a caseback and a bezel. 44mm extensive, 47mm wide and 15.8mm thick, the proportions of the scenario continue to assure ergonomic ease and comfort on the wrist. The higher portion of the circumstance is fully sleek, with no screws or notches, the properly fluid lines flowing on a gentle curve to the apex at the middle of the sapphire glass.
Martin Frei acknowledges this to be his interpretation of Gerald Genta’s individual layout approach. “I’ve normally cherished the way his scenarios are manufactured, with an intertwined decrease circumstance and higher case. Technically speaking, which is really intelligent.”
Flowing on fluidly from the situation are the lugs, a scarce element in URWERK watches. The lugs at 6 o’clock are articulated – URWERK has cleverly fitted a spring that aids the strap rest on the wrist ergonomically. A new calf leather strap comes standard, embossed with a ballistic-kind sample. Reminiscent of a woven nylon, this new strap provides remarkable consolation and flexibility.
Very first in Gray
The to start with collection of UR-120 usually takes on a near all-gray type. Finely sandblasted steel on the upper component of the case and the bezel. On the sandblasted titanium lower aspect, a modest window on the back again lets direct look at of the star-formed Windfänger, which regulates the automated winding intensity. Golden shards from the Maltese crosses and lyre-shaped springs, all 24ct-gold PVD taken care of, serve to underline the specialized factors of this view, and split the monochromatic continuum.
The new URWERK UR-120 aka “Spock” is a limited-output with an computerized calibre UR-20.01 movement, 48 hour power reserve, and water resistant to 3 ATM.
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