The self-winding UR-111C is Urwerk’s latest exercise in complex micromechanics, none of the indications of the UR-111C are conventional, the minutes are shown linearly for aesthetical reasons and digitally for precision. Never has a roller on the case performed the functions of the crown, nor have the running seconds meandered across a cluster of optical fibres. Nor would it be an authentic Urwerk watch if its case didn’t look as if it had been designed by a Sci-fi passionate. And instead of a conventional crown at the end of the stem, a roller is integrated into the top of the case above and parallel to the winding stem. Rolling the long fluted cylinder to wind the watch is indeed a new sensation, but making it possible requires miniature gearing, complex articulations and intermediate wheels to connect the controls to the winding stem. The same applies to the original way of setting the time. Instead of pulling out a crown, swing out a lever from the side of the case and turn the roller in either direction. The hours and two versions of the minutes are displayed within glass sapphire covers along the side of the case, so they are visible at a glance without turning the wrist or letting go of the steering wheel. Again, converting the horizontal movement to a vertical time display required precisely angled transmission with miniature bevel gears. The jumping digital hours and progressive minutes are displayed on rotating truncated cones left and right of the retrograde linear indication of the minutes.