Our first encounter with the Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat mannequin was in October 2021, a signature creation of utmost mechanical complexity and glossy design solid for the model’s Particular Tasks assortment. Geared up with leaping digital time shows, the streamlined black and gray titanium case of the primary reference leans on design cues of the legendary Bugatti Atlantique. In the present day marks the launch of the Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat Odyssey, a second mannequin bristling with curved, grooved, sculpted and flat metal and titanium surfaces with alternating matte sandblasted and gleaming polished finishings.
Described by the model as a “wrist spacecraft,” the references to science fiction motion pictures abound. Its gleaming surfaces are in comparison with Padme Amidala’s J-Sort 327 from Star Wars; its grooved hull to the spaceship in Battlestar Galactica, and its massive, eye-like home windows to Archie, the Owlship from Watchmen.
From tough to subtle
In addition to its formidable technicality, the mission of the brand new UR-112 Aggregat Odyssey is to showcase its top-quality finishings. The size of the case – 42mm width x 51mm size x 16mm thickness – are equivalent to the sooner version however crafted in metal and titanium. The higher a part of the case, the grooved metal cowl that opens vertically to disclose the digital seconds and the ability reserve indicator, is mirror-polished on prime with a bead-blasted edge. The central titanium physique is handled to satin-brushed, sand-blasted and bead-blasted surfaces giving the watch a barely grainy floor and extra texture. As co-founder and head designer Martin Frei explains: “Just like the pencil strokes that draw and refine the outlines of the watch on paper, the traces of machining on the titanium and metal render its inventive course of seen. It then takes all of the magic and mastery of the craftsman’s hand to transcript this emotion within the completed product, which is bead-blasted, satin-brushed and polished. Within the case of the UR-112, this was a very lengthy and making an attempt course of, an actual odyssey, which enabled us to transform the power of the uncooked materials into the refinement of the completed product.”
The Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat belongs to the model’s Particular Undertaking line and marks a departure from among the model’s signature options. Changing the model’s well-known wandering hours, the UR-112 shows leaping hours and minutes positioned on prisms. The digital hour and minute indications are housed in two cylindrical sapphire crystal containers separated by the central seam, a place harking back to driver’s watches. Every indication depends on triangular-shaped prisms that transfer in sharp, exact jumps, nearly like outdated airport split-flap (Solari) shows (with out truncating the numerals). All of the hour numerals and the minutes, which advance in 5-minute intervals, are engraved on the satin-brushed aluminium prisms and full of Tremendous-LumiNova that glows blue in the dead of night. Nonetheless, because the minutes advance in five-minute increments, there’s an extra trailing indicator to level to the exact minutes.
By urgent the 2 pushes on the edges of the case, the highest cowl pops as much as reveal the ability reserve indicator on the left – the one analogue show on the Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat – and the small seconds etched on a silicon disc that advances below a magnifying lens framed by a shiny purple anodised aluminium bridge.
To transmit the ability required for the leaping hours, minutes and seconds, the UR-112 Aggregat depends on an extended, skinny rod often known as a cardan shaft, spanning horizontally throughout the central space between the seconds and energy reserve gauge. Though it’s hidden by the seam, the transmission shaft has double gearing – one at every finish – and transmits all of the power required by a posh set of cogs and gears.
Calibre UR-13.01 is an automated motion with a Swiss lever-type escapement, a 4Hz/28,800vph frequency and a 48h energy reserve for the leaping digital hours, minutes, trailing digital minutes, digital seconds and energy reserve indicator. Like all Urwerk’s actions, the finishings are top-notch with round graining, Côtes de Genève and polished screw heads.
Availability & value
Though Urwerk has not revealed what number of of those watches can be made, Felix Baumgartner feedback that they are going to most undoubtedly be very restricted in quantity and “there could also be simply 5 of them”. At CHF 250,000 (excl. tax) a pop, we’re taking a look at a number of potential prospects with very deep pockets for this Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat Odyssey!
Extra data at Urwerk.com.