Urwerk, the indie brand that Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner created, beckons with its futuristic designs and original way of portraying time. Renowned for their wandering hours and satellite indications, the dynamic duo ventured further into outer space with the Urwerk UR-100 SpaceTime of 2019. Equipped with the signature orbital satellite display, it also featured unusual astronomical indications displaying the distance travelled on Earth (rotations) and the distance travelled by Earth (revolutions) around the Sun in kilometres. For Geneva Watch Days, Urwerk proposes a twinkling, diamond-encrusted version of the watch, the UR-100V Stardust.
Since their debut, the UR-100 and UR-100V have navigated time and space in vessels built in different materials ranging from titanium to electrum and from scaly T-rex textures to sleek carbon. For 2023, Urwerk reaches for the stars for inspiration and presents a diamond-set version of the UR-100V. Set with 400 snow-set diamonds (almost 1.90 carats), the unusual shape of the case sparkles like a starlit night.
As one of the brand’s ‘smaller-sized’, more wearable models, the case of the UR-100V has a width of 41mm, a length of 49.7mm and a thickness of 14mm. The steel case middle, set with 400 brilliant-cut diamonds, is not the only star-dusted surface of the watch; the large crown at noon is set with 24 diamonds, as is the pin buckle in shot-blasted steel glistening with the light of 22 diamonds.
Protected by the ultra-domed sapphire crystal is Uwerk’s signature system of three rotating satellites to display the hours and minutes along a 120-degree arched track, picked out here with luminous blue and white minute markers. When the satellite bearing the hour traverses the arc to reach 60, it performs a sharp retrograde jump back to zero. However, there is more magic than meets the eye because after the arrow-shaped hour indicator hits 60, it pops up in the astronomical indications zone to indicate the distance travelled on Earth (at 10 o’clock) and the distance travelled by Earth (at 2 o’clock) in a time frame of 20 minutes. The novelty here is that the minutes track is now highlighted with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The complex calibre powering the show is calibre UR12.02, an automatic movement with a drilled rotor governed by a Windfänger airscrew. Beating at 2,800vph, the power reserve is 48 hours.
Availability & Price
The blue hour and minute markers find an echo in the Baltimore blue fabric strap accompanying the UR-100V Stardust with its diamond-set pin buckle. Limited in production to 10 pieces a year, the watch retails for CHF 88,000 (excl. tax).
For more information, please consult urwerk.com.