The URWERK’s UR-110

The UR-110 continues URWERK’s radical tradition of telling the time using orbiting satellite complications. In the UR-110, the time is always shown on the right side of the watch. The satellites follow a vertical line, graded from 0 to 60 minutes, in a downward motion. The UR-110 also features a Control Board on the dial side with indicators for “Day/Night” and “Oil Change” – URWERK’s service interval display, as well as small seconds on a sub dial. Turning the watch over, the titanium back encloses an innovative automatic winding system regulated by dual turbines.

I am not sure I understand what the “Oil Change” exactly is, but the watch looks beautiful.

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REVOLVING SATELLITE COMPLICATION ON PLANETARY GEARS

One of the challenges posed by this complication is working out the optimal architecture for supporting the central carousel and the rotating hour modules. We finally opted for a technical solution that is radically different from any of our other creations: instead of ball bearings, a fixed axis runs the full height of the watch, providing maximum rigidity and minimum play. The whole complication is perfectly balanced on this axis.

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“The beauty of the UR-110 is in its apparent simplicity. We imagined time as a ‘silent journey’. There are things happening on the dial that are not obvious at first glance. Everything looks normal; however, they are everything but.”

The retail price is around $125,000 depending on the edition. For that price I can get a car and at least know what the “Oil Change” means!

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About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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