Torpedo time: The URWERK UR-110
By Gizmag Team
January 31, 2011
Twin turbines, "Oil Change" indicator ... URWERK's description of its latest creation sounds like it should be driven, not worn on the wrist. The UR-110 continues the Swiss timepiece innovator's trend of producing off-beat displays – the time is shown by three rotating "torpedoes" mounted on planetary gears that pass down a vertical line, marked 0 to 60 minutes, on the side of the face. Sound complicated? It's actually quite a simple to read layout and because the time can be read by looking at only the right side, you can discretely sneak a peak at your titanium masterpiece without upsetting those tiresome dinner guests.
On the left side, the UR-110 has a Day/Night indicator, an "Oil Change" indicator to alert the user when it is time for a service and a small seconds sub-dial.
The "twin air turbines," which are designed to minimize wear in the automatic winding, are visible on the back of the watch.
"The beauty of the UR-110 is in its apparent simplicity," says URWERK founding partner and Chief Watchmaker Felix Baumgartner. "The development of UR-110 mobilized our entire team for nearly two years. Among the challenges posed by this complication was 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."
Technical Specifications UR-110
- Calibre: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding
- Jewels: 46
- Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz
- Balance spring: Flat
- Power: Single barrel
- Power reserve: 39 hours
- Winding system: Uni-directional rotor regulated by double turbines
- Finish: Matting, circular graining and diamond-cuts
- Case in Grade 5 titanium with bezel in 316L stainless steel
- Dimensions: 47mm X 51mm X 16mm
- Two position crown with integrated protection
- Water resistance: 3 ATM
The URWERK 110 promo video is below – no word on price as yet.