Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY SEAN LI

Birthdays can oc­ca­sion­ally creep up on you; it’s cer­tainly the case with Urwerk, where it’s hard to imag­ine that the brand is al­ready 20 years old. To cel­e­brate as only Felix Baum­gart­ner and Martin Frei know how, that is, se­ri­ously, they pre­sented amidst the reg­u­lar queue of birthday well-wish­ers sign­ing a wall at their SIHH booth, the UR-T8. Of course, Urwerk’s own sig­na­ture, the satel­lite time dis­play, is present, but the UR-T8’s party trick is that it’s re­versible. Push two but­tons on the side of the case, and you can choose to turn it over to pro­tect it be­hind a ti­ta­nium “shield.” It sounds sim­ple enough, but as be­fit­ting the brand, it’s much more highly de­vel­oped than that; the watch seems large, and first im­pres­sions would be that it might be un­wieldy on the wrist, but the er­gonomics and ti­ta­nium case go a long way to make it ac­tu­ally very com­fort­able. On top of that, the ro­ta­tion is par­tic­u­larly well ex­e­cuted, where the ro­ta­tion is very smooth, pre­cise, and se­cure. You would un­doubt­edly draw at­ten­tion to your wrist with the UR-T8 in ei­ther po­si­tion, as on­look­ers would try to guess the na­ture of the ob­ject. Here’s to Urwerk’s next 20 years!

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