UR-110 Torpedo, the brand new micro-mechanical wonder from independent watch brand URWERK, features an unusual asymmetrical case and three arrow-shaped hour satellites resemble “torpedoes” flying in formation with the mission of indicating the time.
Enveloped in a secure titanium case, planetary gearing keeps the three hour satellites in parallel formation as they take turns to indicate the time as they pass the 60-minute track. An “Oil Change” indicator alerts the user when it is time for a service; a “Day/Night” indicator helps keep track of changing time zones; and twin turbines on the back minimize wear in the automatic winding system.
This new complication is made possible thanks to a construction with three levels of complexity:-
– A central carousel providing the complication with stability and equilibrium
– Planetary gearing assuring the parallel rotation of the three hour satellites as they orbit the dial
– Three counter-rotating hour modules – each comprising an hour satellite, minute hand and counter balance – are each mounted on a planetary gear. These three modules are in constant counter-rotation to counter the direction of rotation of the central carousel.
The UR-110 continues URWERK’s radical tradition of telling the time using orbiting satellite complications. In the UR-110, the time is always shown on the right side of the watch. The satellites follow a vertical line, graded from 0 to 60 minutes, in a downward motion. The ingenuity of this layout lies in allowing the wearer to view the time discreetly and elegantly without the need to pull a cuff or sleeve back.
Calibre: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding
Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz
Balance spring: Flat
Power: Single barrel
Power reserve: 39 hours
Winding system: Uni-directional rotor regulated by double turbines
Finish: Matting, circular graining and diamond-cuts
Satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears Control Board: “Day/Night” indicator ; “Oil Change” alerting service intervals and small seconds
Case in Grade 5 titanium with bezel in 316L stainless steel
Dimensions: 47mm X 51mm X 16mm
Two position crown with integrated protection.
Water resistance: 3 ATM