The Genevan watchmaker with distinct and peculiar watches of futuristic design, Urwerk, known especially for the use of original three-dimensional satellite hour hands, has set the launch of its latest timekeeper for October. The new UR-210 piece, known also as Maltese Falcon, is a wristwatch that tries to bring the relationship between the wearer and the watch to another level. In order to achieve this, the timekeeper from the Urwerk 200 series, features yet unseen winding power efficiency indication and enables three modes of functioning for its winding system. The watch is also distinctive due to the use of an extraordinary large retrograde minute hand. It is another pricey horological product by Urwerk, with the steep expected retail price of around $147,000.
On the top of the face of the new Urwerk , we can see two separate indicators. As far as the one on the right serves a traditional power reserve display that shows remainder of its 39-hour power storage, the one on the left is the new original feature by Urwerk, so new that the manufacturer still awaits the patent certification. The new indication is used to show the winding efficiency during the period of last two hours, by measuring the difference between the generated and consumed energy of the mainspring. Such information allows the wearer of the watch to react. If, for example, your watch is running low on energy, you can simply adjust a winding efficiency selector to full mode that enables the rotor of the movement to store energy even after the slightest of movements. In case the wearer of the watch is more active or if the power storage is fuller, it is possible to readjust the winding efficiency to reduced mode which prevents more the movement from creating excessive power. This is performed by the activation of an air turbine compressor that produces internal resistance. The winding system also has a stop mode which completely deactivates the winding mechanism.
Apart from the new complication, the new Urwerk timepiece has an oversized retrograde minute hand that returns to the starting position in just 0.1 seconds. As the minute hand travels across the minute scale, the hand encloses one of three hour satellites that orbit the dial in order to tell the exact time. The minute hand is made from aluminum and features a brass counterweight, while the central carrousel that carries the aluminum satin-polished and diamond-finished satellite hours is made from grade 5 titanium.
Urwerk Maltese Falcon timekeeper watch runs on UR-7.10 self-winding movement with 51 jewels and the frequency of 4 Hz with a flat balance spring. Its main plate is made of ARCAP P40, a very resilient alloy, and features sandblasted, circular and straight satin-finishes.
As it is the practice with Urwerk watches, UR-210 has a casing made from titanium and steel in the recognizable irregular shape. Its housing is not too large, with the width of 43.8 mm, the length of 53.6 mm, as well as with the thickness of 17.8 mm. The crystal of the timekeeper with the water resistance of 30 meters is made from sapphire, while the case-back with buttons for activating the various modes of winding system also includes a transparent section.
Speaking about the new timekeeper that is going to be available next month, one of the founders of the brand, Martin Frei, emphasized its emotional value, achieved with the possibility to adjust the watch to the tempo of your life: “The UR-210 embodies the symbiotic relationship between man and his watch. This quasi-bilogical machine could reveal more about you than any other object in your possession”.