Its satin-brushed, polished, sandblasted and microbead-blasted components, along with the use of a somewhat special color set off its futuristic design and its wandering hour display coupled with the retrograde minute.
As soon as you discover this newcomer, you immediately feel like humming the refrain of a David Bowie track “Blue Jean, I just met me a girl named Blue Jean…”. Because, following on from its Gunmetal and Gold variations, Urwerk showcases its UR-100 once again, ok, admittedly in its original version with its steel and titanium case but, this time round, with a much casual look. This attitude is boosted by the very fitting choice of a blue jean color which adorns the hour numerals, the minute tracker and the strap fashioned in Alcantara blue. This hue is also highlighted even more through the metal monochrome atmosphere. The various finished on the components add the necessary relief to ensure optimal readability.
The 25 pieces of this UR-100V Iron limited edition are driven by the customary 12.01 caliber (48 hours’ power reserve). This self-winding piece powered by a bidirectional rotor is regulated by a profiled propeller called Windfänger. Both components can be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
This movement drives the impressive central tricephalic mechanism displaying the time of day in a large stylized hand tipped with a red dot, which moves simultaneously over the graduated minute scale. Moreover, we also (re)discover the two fine slots on the case-middle. The first, set at 10 o’clock, is engraved with the figure 555.55 km and an acronym “rotat”. This distance corresponds to the one traveled by anyone located on the equator over 20 minutes. In the second slot set at 2 o’clock, 35,742 km and “revol” are inscribed. This data evokes the journey of the Earth around the Sun over this same period of time.
Price: CHF48,800 VAT-exclu.
By Dan Diaconu
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