Straight Outta Sci-Fi
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NEW AND INTRICATELY UNIQUE URWERK UR-111C
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).