Weekly Watch Photo – URWERK 103
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.
Information about URWERK can be found on their website and official Facebook page.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is ART.
Fantastic photo. The 103.x is one of my all time favorites!