Independent luxury Swiss watch brand URWERK presents UR-102 “Gaïa”, a one-of-a-kind creation dedicated for the Only Watch 2021 Charity auction. This unique model in asphalt-coloured anodised aluminium with a platinum caseback has been newly enhanced with a midnight blue lacquer. It will be auctioned on 6 November 2021 on behalf of the “Only Watch” charity to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
URWERK UR-102 is an iconic model, jealously safeguarded until now at the heart of the watch Maison, since it marks the beginning of the URWERK adventure in the 1990s. Co-founded by Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, URWERK unveiled their fist timepiece, the UR-102 at the Baselworld watch fair 1997 on the booth of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants).
Recently, URWEK co-founders Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei have won the ‘Gaïa’ prize by the Musée international d’horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds. To celebrate this historical milestone, they have named their Only Watch model ‘Gaïa’.
This UR-102 is unique in many ways. It is undoubtedly one of the first watch creations to honour a mixed-genre approach merging the common metal aluminium with the nobility of platinum. Framed by precious platinum, the caseback features an interpretation of the Gaïa prize, a dazzling flight of fancy symbolising URWERK’s unswerving resolve to reach for the stars.
Model: UR-102 “Gaïa
Based on the historical UR-102
Original design by Martin Frei
Mechanism development and assembly by Felix Baumgartner
Case design and hand machining by Thomas Baumgartner
Finishing: Satin-brushed and rhodium-plated
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Hours indication by satin-brushed, rhodium-plated and engraved disks
Hour-marker engravings filled with matt black lacquer
Case middle and lugs in mistigris anodised aluminium
Screw-down caseback in circular satin-brushed platinum, Gaïa logo filled with glittering hand-applied blue lacquer
Diameter: 38mm; thickness 12mm; lugs 16mm
Glass: Special-shaped sapphire crystal
Strap hand-sewn in Geneva (1 x black Baltimora and 1x black Alligator)
Sandblasted, polished and satin-brushed pin buckle