Maybe it’s me, but I’m a sucker for nice wrist shots with bokeh. This shot of the URWERK 103 has all the features of a watch photo that make me enthusiastic. And a good reason to post about this magnificent watch!
URWERK was one of the first independent haute horlogerie brands that made stealthy, innovative and very remarkable watches and the UR-103 is in my opinion their ‘landmark’ piece. Watch aficionados from all over the world welcomed this model with enthusiasm and I wouldn’t be amazed if this was URWERK’s best selling model.
This UR-103 is not available anymore and was replaced by the UR-103 T, with a bigger crystal that revealed more of the orbital satellites. In my post about the URWERK UR-103 T I explained how the orbital satellite functions and indicate the time. There is however another side to this extraordinary timepiece, that is visible on its back side.
URWERK created a control board on the back of the UR-103, which was a world’s first for a wristwatch. This ‘dashboard’ features a 43-hour power reserve indicator, two indicators with minutes and seconds facilitating accurate time-setting, and a precision adjustment screw making it possible for the owner to precisely regulate the timing on their UR-103.
In 2010 URWERK released two new versions of the the UR103 T, the so-called Shiny-T and Mexican Fireleg, and also announced the end of the UR-103 collection. After seven years, at the end of 2010, production of this landmark for URWERK and also for independent haute horlogerie.
Can we still call this a wrist watch or is this art brought as a timepiece? One thing is for sure, the URWERK 103 is a very remarkable timepiece and now it is not available anymore it becomes very sought after.