At this year’s edition of Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Fair, Urwerk will be exhibiting two new models from UR-110 line of products, constructed with the use of materials that are not often seen, even on the most technologically advanced timepieces. Such choice increases the overall futuristic look of the company that creates truly unique styles of timepieces. With the inclusion of extremely durable tantalum for UR-110 TTH and AlTin for UR-110 ST, the designers of Geneva-based have managed to add more improvements to the already fantastic design that earned much praise for the company, and even earned the best design award at Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix for 2011.
As it is usual for the products of the company that was founded by Baumgartner brothers, timepieces from the UR-110 collection feature a very innovative satellite complication that displays the current time in an unusual manner. The watch has three rotating modules that rotate around the dial and display hours and minutes. Time is indicated on the right part of the dial where hour modules (which are always parallel to each other) take turns in moving across the horizontal scale and show minutes at the same time. The three dimensional appearance of the watch is achieved by the rotating hour modules, as well as by oversized panoramic sapphire glass. The watch is also equipped with a day and night indicator, a display that shows when the time is to service the watch, and with a small seconds sub dial. The peculiar Urwerk-style looking case is made from titanium.
An Armored Version with Tantalum
After a few general details about the series, let us get into the specifics of the new models that are displayed at Baselworld 2012 show. The first of them is called UR-110 TTH and it is a super-strong version of this timepiece. It has a bezel constructed from immensely strong, sturdy, hard, dense and corrosive proof metal tantalum. This extraordinary bezel is also much thicker (4.1 mm, 1.7 mm thicker than it is usual) than on the regular version and is held down to the titanium case with six screws. To preserve the specific blue and gray shade of tantalum, the company from Geneva decided to treat it only with a satin finish and sand-blasting. Even the crystal is improved ant tougher on UR-100 TTH. The armored version of the watch is also made with the military-looking etched registration number.
The other new variation that bears the name UR-110 ST also has an interesting bezel which is in this instance made from AltiN (aluminum titanium nitride) that is characterized by increased resistance to oxidation and improved strength. It also enabled Urwerk designers led by Martin Frei to make a peculiar ribbed pattern that further contributes to a three-dimensional appearance, while its grooves almost tease its wearer to feel it.
Speaking about the 110 series, one of the founders of the company, Felix Baumgartner, explained that it was very tough to finally construct it. “There have been many challenges, including finding the perfect adjustment between the carousel and the central hours of the mobile modules. We finally opted for a technical solution radically different from our other creations. There is no ball bearing here, but a fixed axis running along the entire height of the watch. The whole satellite complication is in perfect balance on that anchor point”, explained Mr. Baumgartner.
All the pieces from the collection run thanks to UR 9.01 self-winding mechanical movement. This high frequency caliber (4 Hz or 28,800 vibrations per hour) with a flat balance spring has 46 jewels. The automatic movement winds by a uni-directional rotor that is regulated with two turbines (which are visible at the case back), while its single barrel enables a power reserve of 39 hours.