URWERK, renowned for its pioneering approach to horology, has once again pushed the boundaries of watchmaking with the introduction of the extraordinary UR-120 Space Black. This latest masterpiece is a testament to the brand’s commitment to combining cutting-edge technology, celestial inspiration, and a touch of science fiction to create timepieces that captivate the imagination.
Martin Frei, Urwerk’s visionary designer, and co-founder, has harnessed the power of black in the UR-120 Space Black to create a truly captivating aesthetic. The deep, elegant black hue not only enhances the watch’s appearance but also plays a clever optical trick on our senses, altering our perception of its size and adding an element of intrigue. The result is a mesmerizing effect that accentuates the watch’s contours, drawing the eye and leaving a lasting impression.
Beyond its striking visual appeal, Urwerk’s UR-120 Space Black showcases a remarkable blend of form and function, incorporating ergonomic design elements that enhance both comfort and usability. Its perfectly balanced dimensions, measuring 44mm in length, 47mm in width, and 15.8mm in thickness, create a flawless silhouette that sits comfortably on the wrist. The upper part of the case, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, features a smooth surface devoid of screws, further elevating the watch’s aesthetic appeal.
At the heart of the UR-120 Space Black beats an innovative revolving satellite complication, a feat of engineering that exemplifies Urwerk’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking. The timepiece presents analog minutes alongside a groundbreaking split-open digital hour satellite, ingeniously mounted on planetary gears. The hour satellite takes the form of a V-shaped open hand and rotates independently on its axis, gracefully unveiling its secrets as it moves.
Powering this horological marvel is the caliber UR-20.01, a highly sophisticated mechanism that harnesses the energy of the celestial bodies. At the center of the watch lies a carousel equipped with three arms, each carrying the hour markers on all four sides. As the satellite travels along the minute track, it reaches the left part of the case, triggering a mesmerizing series of movements. The satellite splits open, revealing two rectangular studs that form a V-shape reminiscent of the Vulcan salute from the realm of science fiction. These studs spin individually on their axes before elegantly closing to display the new hour. The intricate interplay of these movements mirrors the complexity of a spacecraft navigating through the vastness of space.
The UR-120 Space Black represents the culmination of Urwerk’s relentless pursuit of horological innovation. With its complex triple revolution – the carousel spinning on a central axis, each satellite counter-spinning to remain upright and readable, and each stud rotating independently – this timepiece is a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking.
Felix Baumgartner, co-founder and master watchmaker of URWERK, expresses his enthusiasm about the extraordinary challenges faced during the development of the UR-120: “On the part alone governing the partition of our satellite time, there are more than 175 components. These intricated parts are meticulously crafted with our CNC machines, rock and roll with micron-level exactitude. This ‘Vulcan salute’ complication we dreamt of and created is synonymous with live long and prosper still it cost us a few hours of our lives and quite some stress, but the result is definitely worthy of our efforts. This achievement is nothing short of spectacular!”
The UR-120 Space Black is not just a timepiece but a work of art that transcends the traditional notions of watch design. With its celestial inspiration, advanced technology, and a touch of science fiction, it is an exquisite creation that will capture the hearts and minds of horological enthusiasts across the galaxies and leave an indelible mark on the world of watchmaking.
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Price: CHF 110’000 (Swiss francs / no tax included)
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