Felix Baumgartner (Felix Baumgartner, not so) and Martin Frei are the duo behind Urwerk replica and will likely spend weeks of isolation time holding industrial design seminars. Between the huge mechanical case and the unique orbital complexity, they appeared as other watchmakers trying to get involved. In other words, their latest adoption of UR-100 is more luxurious than ever.
The UR-100 is the latest in the Urwerk series, equipped with a spaceship-shaped case and one of its iconic orbital timing devices, which can be opened to show all its rotating, Orrery-like parts. So far, we have seen it in three industrial surface treatments: steel, blackened steel and bronze (more information here). Now, the entire 41mm machine is covered with gold, which is amazing. chronowatchmall.com
There are more C3PO than Death Star, the whole thing is a solid block made of 18K gold, and the entire panel is polished with soft satin. Starting from the top, the outline is between the classic flying saucer and the Millennium Falcon, and the position of the interstellar flywheel engine is placed on the crown. It is a solid piece of metal, and despite trying to keep the thickness at 14 mm, it is impressive given the obvious complexity of the movement.
The movement can not only display minutes and hours, it can even be said to be Urwerk’s iconic way of wandering. It also shows the distance the earth traveled around the sun at 2 o’clock and the distance the earth rotated 20 minutes at 10 o’clock. Be aware that the theme of spaceflight is not clear enough.
Despite the fun, sci-fi inspiration and obvious clock weirdness, this is our most luxury Urwerk in a while. In addition to silver, black and gray, there is a nice change; I hope we can see more in this aspect of UR-100 in the future. I can’t imagine someone will miss it.
Model: UR-100 Gold Edition
Case / Dial: 41mm diameter x 14mm height, 18k 2N yellow gold
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: UR 12.01 movement, automatic
Functions: satellite hour and minute, time and space indication, earth rotation and orbit distance
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48h
Strap: crocodile leather