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Each new creation by Urwerk shows how watches can do without traditional hands for displaying the passing of time. A new example is the UR-111C, a limited edition of just 25 pieces.
Displaying time information in an original and attractive way has been the trademark of Urwerk since the company was first set up by Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner. The firm regularly devises original mechanisms housed in watch cases with an original design. The latest models apply the brand’s principles to the letter. The series of cogs and complex, interconnected mechanisms provide the UR-111C with a dual display of the minutes. The aim is not only aesthetic. It also provides optimum readability. On the façade, you see two revolving cones for the hours and minutes, both shown digitally. Their position means data can be read very easily from all angles. Between these two elements, an oblique indication of the linear minutes offers a second way to read them. Showing the brand’s usual technical skill, this feature comes with a retrograde effect. A yellow line moves along a graduated scale and leaps back to its starting point when it has completed its journey.
Another innovation can be seen in the display of the seconds with the help of two skeletoned discs, each weighing 0.025g. The revolving movement provides a striking visual effect, assisted by a network of optical rays placed 1/10th of a millimetre above it. This optical transmitter enlarges the image without distorting it.
All these mechanisms are contained in a self-winding calibre with a stop-second system and in a steel case coated with gunmetal (42x46x15mm) in avant-garde style.
Price: 130,000 CHF exc. VAT
By Dan Diaconu
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