Straight Outta Sci-Fi


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URWERK’s de­par­tures from its sig­na­ture theme of wan­der­ing-hour in­di­ca­tions have al­ways been spec­tac­u­lar, and the self-wind­ing UR-111C is no ex­cep­tion in­deed. This lat­est ex­er­cise in com­plex mi­crome­chan­ics is a wor­thy ri­val to the brand’s other “Spe­cial Projects” line, both in orig­i­nal­ity and me­chan­i­cal vir­tu­os­ity.

Though a de­scen­dent of the UR-CC1 King Co­bra, none of the in­di­ca­tions of this UR-111C watch are con­ven­tional as they’re pre­sented in two ways in­stead – both lin­early for the eye’s plea­sure and dig­i­tally for pre­ci­sion. No­tably, 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 like the UR-111C does. The hours and two ver­sions of the min­utes are dis­played within glass sap­phire cov­ers along the side of the case so that you can see them at a glance with­out turn­ing your wrist or let­ting go of the steer­ing wheel. Con­vert­ing the hor­i­zon­tal move­ment to a ver­ti­cal time display re­quired pre­cisely an­gled trans­mis­sion with minia­ture bevel gears.

Felix Baum­gart­ner and Martin Frei, the co-founders of URWERK, have al­ways con­sid­ered the owner’s in­ter­ac­tion with the watch of ex­treme im­por­tance. “Wear­ing a fine me­chan­i­cal ob­ject is a source of plea­sure and pride,” de­clares Baum­gart­ner. Surely, this is as au­then­tic a URWERK watch gets, with some liken­ing things here with el­e­ments of science fic­tion. Price? A cool RM555,600 (RRP).

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