In their quest for innovative design, URWERK has experimented with “cold” colors like black carbon and raw titanium to create watches that catch the eye. With the UR-100V Magic T, URWERK has taken color experimentation to a whole new level by exploring nuanced shades, reflections, and chromatic subtleties that produce an extraordinary luminous metallic gray. It is a testament to the brand’s commitment to precision engineering and innovative design.
The URWERK UR-100V Magic T is part of the 100 collections, which was conceived with minimalism and simplicity as its core principles. However, Martin Frei’s aesthetic linguistics and Felix Baumgartner’s horological technicality go beyond “simple.” Frei uses shape manipulation to create a design vocabulary that evolves like a living language, while Baumgartner continuously innovates to animate URWERK’s wandering hours, the hands-free hours, and minutes display based on satellites moving along a graduated arc of a circle.
One of the defining features of the UR-100V Magic T is its versatility. The watch lends itself to all its creators’ desires and fanciful touches, making it a blank page that can be interpreted in endless ways. According to Martin Frei, URWERK’s artistic director and co-founder, the watch is a versatile timepiece that changes mood and appearance over time. Even though he is one of its creators, Frei admits that he continually discovers and rediscovers it in its different variations, always with the same impatience and pleasure.
Felix Baumgartner, a master watchmaker and co-founder of URWERK, says that the UR-100V Magic T fully deserves its nickname, evoking the magic of titanium. The material lends itself beautifully to the finest finishes, and Baumgartner and his team have achieved full brilliance through light, refined shot-blasting. All the beauty of the metal is there, and the watchmakers have also worked to improve its legibility.
The dial of the UR-100V Magic T is broken down into several elements to give it more structure. URWERK has created a 3D creation that pushes the limits of perceptibility, with attention to the smallest details. The result is a masterpiece that combines technicality, creativity, and aesthetics to create a unique and mesmerizing timepiece.
Baumgartner’s innovative use of the wandering hours’ principle is an extrapolation from a 17th-century clock. However, he has transformed and transmuted it with such creativity in space, volume, and time that no one could have imagined. URWERK’s capacity for reinvention without ever deviating from its fundamental principles is the core reason behind its longevity.
The UR-100V stands out from all other watches created by URWERK due to its close association with space. Its unique design can be likened to that of a UFO, and its overall appearance seems to transcend the current norms of watchmaking, suggesting an entirely different dimension. However, what makes it truly unique are the two long indentations located on the sides of its satellite carrier. These indentations serve as counters, with one measuring the distance traveled by the Earth along its axis in 20 minutes (555 kilometers), while the other measures the distance traveled by the Earth around the Sun during the same period of time (35,740 kilometers).
The UR-100V Magic T represents the pinnacle of watchmaking artistry. It is designed to sit gently and comfortably on the wrist, embodying the perfect balance of form and function. Its unique design and space-inspired features make it stand out in a sea of watches, and its nickname, the Magic T, is truly fitting. It is sure to be a coveted addition to any collection.
Price & Availability
The URWERK UR-100V Magic T is available at URWERK authorized retailers worldwide.
Price: CHF 58,000 (Swiss francs / excluding tax)
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