Geneva based independent luxury Swiss watch brand URWERK has added a new version to its EMC Time Hunter series.
Nicknamed as Desert Sage, this new model features a military style exterior teamed with a camouflage canvas strap.
Termed as URWERK’s most ‘chronometric’ collection, EMC Time Hunter watch incorporates a hybrid electronic/mechanical system for achieving the outstanding precision. In simple words, we can say that the EMC is a mechanical watch, optimised with the help of an electro-optical circuit.
On the one hand, its hand-wound movement stems from the mind and hands of URWERK. Designed exclusively for the EMC collections, the UR-EMC2 calibre is entirely crafted, finished, assembled and adjusted by URWERK.
On the other hand, it incorporates an electronic module whose function is to measure the rate of the mechanical part. It has its own power source, separate from the rest of the movement. Positioned on the side of the case, a large retractable lever raises a dynamo which feeds the control micro-circuit.
Thanks to its laser diode, it is able to collect two essential data relating to the movement. Pointing towards the balance, it reads its amplitude (an indicator of the movement’s state of health) and the rate deviation (which is an indicator of accuracy), while comparing them to an internal clock. The latter takes the form of a processor operating at a frequency of 16 MHz and serves as a reference oscillator, i.e. a benchmark.
These two most important organs are integrated, nested and URWERK has created a means of access to both that makes EMC Time Hunter the world’s only truly wearer-adjustable watch. A timing adjustment screw makes it possible to manually fine-tune the oscillation speed of the balance and thus to correct the variations in rate that inevitably appear over time and are intimately dependent on the use made of the watch by its wearer.
This corrector is located on the back of the watch and is duly indicated by the engraving “Fine Tuning”. It manages the performance of the movement by modifying the length of the regulating balance-spring.
The EMC Desert Sage is crafted from steel and its case-back from titanium. In addition, its stainless steel body is micro-bead-blasted and then given a hard, matt ceramic lacquer-type treatment. As a result, the surface of the EMC Time Hunter Desert Sage has a grainy finish reminiscent of military equipment.
The dial with its matt black surfaces ensures high visibility. Each indication zone has its own clearly marked space. Each unit is painted with fluorescent green Super-LumiNova®, a neon-type colour frequently used by URWERK due to its perfect contrasts.
In addition to the main dial with its chequered hand grenade pattern, which displays the hours and minutes, the EMC Time Hunter features a small disc-type seconds hand at 1 o’clock, graduated in five-second increments and located at 1 o’clock. It is complemented by a power-reserve indicator at 7 o’clock, which provides information on the state-of-wind of the hand-wound movement offering a maximum 80 hours of autonomy.
The indications linked to the chronometric (precision timekeeping) monitoring function are concentrated at 11 o’clock and indicated by the “EM Control” marking on the screw-down bezel. The rate accuracy is graduated from -15 to +15, using seconds as the measurement unit for the daily rate deviation. The amplitude ranges from 180 to 330, measured in degrees.
The URWERK EMC TimeHunter Desert Sage is available in a limited edition of five pieces. Retail price is CHF 115’000 (Swiss francs) excluding the taxes.
Model: URWERK EMC TimeHunter Desert Sage (five-piece edition)
Ceramic-lacquered grade 5 titanium and stainless steel
Dimensions: Width 43 mm; length: 51 mm; thickness: 15,8 mm
Glass and case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressured tested to 30 m/3 ATM
Finishes: Satin-brushed; micro-bead-blasted
Calibre UR-EMC2, designed, developed and produced by URWERK
Escapement Swiss lever escapement
Balance: ARCAP P40; exclusive design; coupled with the optical sensor
Frequency: 28 800 vph – 4 Hz
Energy source: Series-coupled twin vertical barrels
Power reserve 80 hours
Winding: Manual winding
Finishes: Côtes de Genève motif; snailing; micro-sandblasting; bevelled screw heads
Generator: Maxon® hand-wound generator charging the accumulator
Control organ: Optical sensor controlled by an integrated circuit; reference oscillator operating at a frequency of 16 MHz
Hours, minutes, rate deviation, amplitude and chronometric performance indicator δ, power reserve, fine tuning screw
CHF 115’000.000 (Swiss francs / tax not included)