Watch Of The Week: Spectacular Urwerk UR-111C.

Yes it looks like a watch the Terminator would wear but there is more to this timepiece.  

This watch comes from the minds of the Geneva based company Urwerk, in their utopian future everyone will be able to afford $100,000 watches, this is a future I want to become a reality.  


Housed in 42mm wide by 46mm long, and 15mm thick case, featuring a mix of finishes, it has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and it is water-resistant to 30 meters. Inside is the Urwerk automatic caliber with 37 jewels beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vph), and a power reserve of 48 hours.

The Urwerk UR-111C features world-firsts in watchmaking, designers used an array of optical fibers to project the numbers up toward the sapphire crystal window.


The watch looks cool but our friends over at Ablogtowatch who had a hand-on test with the watch reported: 

The Urwerk UR-111C will remain a prestigious wrist-worn fidget spinner for the wealthy and horologically-inclined.

My other complaint about the watch is legibility. There simply isn’t enough emphasis on indicating the hours in my opinion, and the side windows that indicate the hours on the left and the minutes (again) on the right use thin metal sheet applications on the inside of the sapphire crystal to create the look of dials/markers. These elements reflect too much light and make it hard to see where your eye needs to go. 


“There has to be a strong bond with a mechanism that merges into your wrist: a machine becomes part of you and gives you information in return for energy. It’s an exchange. For this reason, we created a new interface with the watch. Instead of the conventional crown at the end of the stem, we conceived a roller integrated into the top of the case for a new sensation.” – Felix Baumgartner



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