Among the novelties unveiled at the Baselworld 2013 event, Urwerk is displaying its new interpretation of UR-110 model. The new timekeeper with a blackened titanium case and a platinum bezel sports a new combination of colors and it looks quite dashing. However, this is not the whole story. Even though it is supplied with self-winding mechanical UR 9.01 proprietary caliber as its predecessors from the lineage, some unofficial reports state that the new watch is the first step in the construction of a new and revolutionary complication.
Since there is still no official information about the supposed new function of the watch, let us concentrate on the traits that we are positive about. One of these characteristics which one can notice quite effortlessly is the new refurbished appearance of UR-110 PTH timekeeper. Made in predominately black and red colors with just a hint of green, the watch likewise shows off the brand’s ability to perform demanding finishing techniques, such as perlage, sand-blasting and satin finishing. The importance of these challenging decorative techniques was underlined by one of the brand’s founders, Felix Baumgartner, in the official statement: “We always try to push ourselves to the maximum with our creations. Our designs are in keeping with the old adage ‘A healthy body, a healthy mind’. If a timepiece’s case has been finished with the right care and attention, then that can only serve to enhance its ‘mind’, the complex mechanics within. Satin-finish, perlage and sand-blasting all provide the subtle touches that transform an innovative, mechanical timepiece into a true piece of haute Horlogerie.”
One of the new features of the timepiece is the combination of a grade 5 titanium case and a bezel made from 950 platinum. The strengthened blackened platinum bezel is treated with a lovely matte finishing. It seems fair to say that the brand is quite versed in the process of blackening of platinum. This claim can be backed up with the fact that Urwerk’s timekeeper UR-103 Blackbird model, which was launched seven years ago, was one of the first examples of this procedure. This process in a way disguises the fact that the timepiece includes a platinum section which can be deduced only from the product’s weight.
Urwerk UR-110 PTH will be issued in a restricted issue which consists of only 20 copies. It features a two-position crown with the included protector and has the basic water resistance to 30 meters.
Its mentioned UR 9.01 mechanical caliber is made with an automatic winding. Supplied with a monometallic balance, the movement operates at the frequency of 4 Hz. Besides, the in-house caliber by Urwerk is equipped with a flat balance spring and it integrates no less than 46 jewels in its construction. It has a single barrel for power storage that provides a power reserve which lasts for around 39 hours. The barrel is supplied with energy with the help of system that includes a uni-directional winding rotor regulated by two turbines, as it can be seen through the exhibition section on the case back. Until we get some confirmation about the hinted new complication, we can only list the following supported functions which are quite impressive as it is; UR-110 PTH includes a rotating satellite complication distinctive for the brand’s products, a day/night display, small seconds sub-dial, as well as an indication that warns when the timepiece requires regular servicing. The newcomer is a part of the UR-110 collection which includes several models we have previously reviewed (UR-110 PT, as well as UR-110 TTH and UR-110 ST.