Swiss luxury watch maker URWERK celebrates its 20th birthday in 2017 in style. The UR-T8, which marks the 20th anniversary of the brand, is URWERK’s first transformable watch. A series of precise actions unlocks the case from its cradle, flips it over and returns it with a satisfying click to protect the time beneath a titanium shield.
From its shape and its intriguing, highly textured pattern, it is impossible to guess that this mysterious creation is a wristwatch. Squeeze again the two buttons on the side of the case to release it, lift it vertically, rotate it 180° about its axis and click it back into its cradle to return to the present time.
The UR-T8 boasts a new version of URWERK’s trademark wandering-hour indication. The 12 hours in groups of four on a three-armed carousel successively sweep across the scale of 60 minutes to show the time both digitally and analogically. It is the biggest and most elaborate carousel configuration yet applied by URWERK, with each arm supporting a satellite carousel bearing the four hour numerals. A complex planetary gearing transforms a tangle of wheels, screws and jewel bearings into a meticulously orchestrated ballet.
Another technical feature unique to URWERK is the pneumatic control of the selfwinding system. A gilded spinning vane connected to the winding rotor absorbs any sudden and violent movements of the rotor without compromising its winding efficiency.
Established in 1997, URWERK creates wristwatches that are revolutionary in both design and engineering. The UR-T8, an exemplary expression of that vision, is available in an initial series of 60 watches in natural titanium or with a black PVD coating.
Calibre Self-winding UR 8.01
Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz
Balance spring: Flat
Power: Single barrel
Power reserve: 39 hours
Winding system: Uni-directional rotor connected toa spinning vane
Finish: Brushed, circular grained and diamond-cuts
Satellite complication with rotating hours modules mounted on planetary gears
Flip-over case in Grade 5 titanium
Dimensions: 60.23mm X 48.35mm X 20.02mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM