After ten years, Urwerk is retiring its flagship UR-110 watch assortment with a one-off mannequin that includes a titanium case with a Bakelite bezel. The UR-110 Bakelite shall be auctioned in Geneva to learn the Swiss Pink Cross.
When the UR-110 line was launched in 2011, it not solely made the fledgling Urwerk firm stand out, it additionally set a brand new pattern in luxurious watches with its high-tech design and counterintuitive analog show. As the road developed, it drew a lot consideration that it was even graced the wrist of fictional billionaire Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Now the UR-110 is being put out to pasture, and Urwerk has determined to finish the vary with a flourish by giving it a Bakelite bezel to go along with its titanium case. This not solely supplies a robust visible counterpoint, it additionally acts as a nod to Bakelite itself, which was the world’s first artificial plastic. Invented by Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907, the moldable, heat-resistant plastic went on from being utilized in electrical insulators to revolutionize the on a regular basis client market.
Contained in the Grade 5 titanium with its two-position crown with built-in safety and three ATM (30 m, 100 ft) water resistance is a UR 9.01 mechanical, automated winding motion. This 46-jewel caliber is monometallic and beats at 28,800v/h (4Hz) due to its flat stability spring powered by a single-barrel mainspring boasting a 39-hour energy reserve.
The winding system is by a unidirectional rotor regulated by double generators and the motion has a matte end with round graining and diamond-cuts. In the meantime, the watch’s show makes use of a satellite tv for pc complication with the rotating hour and minute modules mounted on planetary gears. As well as, there’s a Day/Night time indicator and an “Oil Change” alert indicator to warn when the watch needs to be serviced.
“Whereas we aren’t the nostalgic type right here at Urwerk, we’re proud to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our 110 assortment,” mentioned co-founders Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei in an announcement. “This can be a creation that received the Greatest Design prize within the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève; that confronted evil on the wrist of Iron Man, essentially the most badass superhero of all of them; and that made the duvet of main watchmaking magazines on the time of its launch in 2011. It wanted to finish one final mission earlier than it slipped away, so we’re going to problem a last UR-110 in bakelite. A one-of-a-kind mannequin that shall be auctioned off on our devoted web site, with a lot of the proceeds going to the Swiss Pink Cross.”
The UR-110 Bakelite public sale will begin at 10 am on October 15 on the Urwerk web site and run for 2 days.