A unique model by Urwerk that allows its wearer to fine tune its mechanical movement has now gotten its second edition in the version known as EMC Black. The new variant with a blackened treatment on its titanium and steel case is made with the same set of features that are still unparalleled by the competition. Despite being supplied with a fully mechanical movement, it also has a special electronic monitor of the watch’s precision which the brand refers to as artificial intelligence. This feature allows the wearer to check the precision of the watch and subsequently to precisely adjust the workings of the caliber. Prior to the Urwerk’s EMC model, this task was performed exclusively by professionals.
As a proper high-precision piece, new Urwerk’s watch is a chronometer which means it is adjusted in five positions and that its accuracy is within -4 to +6 seconds within a day. However, most of the time this criterion is met only while a timekeeper is freshly out of the workshops. As the time passes, various harmful forces take their toll on the isochronisms and the initial punctuality inevitably diminishes. Up until Urwerk’s breakthrough, the adjustment of the movement back to accordance with the chronometric performance was exclusively the job for professionals. Now, it can be done by any wearer of Urwerk EMC.
At the core, the model by the Genevese watchmaker is a mechanical timekeeper with manual winding. It features a Swiss lever escapement and a balance spring made of ARCAP, the material with anti-magnetic and anti-corrosive properties. Its operational frequency is 28,800 vph. Additionally, it features twin spring barrels set in series and vertically to each other. The barrels provide 80 hours of power reserve and its remaining storage is indicated on the dial. Since this is a high-end timekeeper, it comes as no surprise that the caliber features Haute Horlogerie finishes. The featured decorations are: the Geneva striping, snailing, polished bevels and heads of screws, as well as micro-bead blasting.
All of this sounds pretty standard, at least for a high-end horological product. The thing that sets Urwerk EMC and its novel edition EMC black apart from a usual mechanical timekeeper is the presence of a special optical monitoring device coupled to the linear balance and a miniature computer. They were developed exclusively for Urwerk by Maxon, the company whose expertise can be demonstrated with the fact that it stands behind the creation of the Rover which NASA sent to Mars and which is still operational, exceeding even the most optimistic prognoses.
The miniature electronic monitoring contraption has an exceptionally high frequency of 16,000,000 Hz. Such high frequency allows it to adjust the current precision of the movement very accurately. Once it is activated, it adjusts the punctuality in the time frame of three seconds and subsequently displays the precision on the dial’s indicator whose scale spans from -20 to +20 seconds within a day. After the result is shown, the wearer can fine tune the caliber. This adjustment is performed easily with a simple turning of a screw which is located on the case-back.
Apart from indications for power reserve and the adjusted precision of the movement, Urwerk’s timekeeper shows current hours, minutes and seconds. Unlike the older version, new EMC Black has a pitch black dial with contrasting indication which gives it a more futuristic appearance of a modern instrument. Each of the indications is set beneath a sapphire crystal with glare-proof coating. The blackened housing of the watch made of a combination of titanium and stainless steel with satin-finish and shot-blasting is forged in the brand’s common irregular shape. Its length is 51 mm, the width is 43 mm, while the height measures to 15.8 mm. Its supported water resistance is 30 meters.