URWERK has released a new watch series named UR-100V Time and Culture. As the name indicates, this collection takes inspiration from history and cultures. The debut timepiece from this new line is based an original idea of Su Jia Xian, the founder of watchesbysjx.
The watch in the 100V Time and Culture line takes us to the lands of Central America, around the year 1479. The pediment of this timepiece features the motifs of the “Sun Stone”, one of the most emblematic works of Aztec art, now preserved in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. This monolith is a sculpted disc approximately 3.6 metres in diameter. This masterful work refers to the Aztec calendar, with the third circle representing the 20 days of the month, the fourth the 260 days of the year.
This pattern is therefore repeated on the copper-coloured dome of the UR-100V Time and Culture I. The result is exquisitely delicate. The milling cutter used for the engraving has a 0.05 mm-thin point. The work must therefore be admired with a magnifying glass to appreciate its precision. The ridge lines of the motif are satin-brushed, while the hollows are micro-sandblasted to obtain a velvety finish, in order to highlight the volumes and honour this priceless heritage.
On this UR-100V from the Time and Culture line, a new piece of information is added to the hours and minutes display. Once the 60th minute has passed, the minutes hand disappears and reappears as a kilometre counter. It illustrates the 524.89 kilometres covered every 20 minutes by any person located in Mexico. This is the average speed of the Earth’s rotation calculated at Mexico City. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Earth’s revolution around the sun is displayed, i.e. 35,742 kilometres per 20 minutes.
On the face of the UR-100V, hours and kilometres thus share the same status, the same scale of value. These units are lit up in incandescent blue when reading the hours.
Model: UR-100V Time and Culture I (on an original idea by SJX)
Calibre UR12.02 with automatic winding system regulated by the Winfänger system with its streamlined propeller
Frequency: 28,800 vph – 4 Hz
Power reserve: 48 hours
Aluminium satellite hours mounted on beryllium bronze Geneva crosses; aluminium carousel; ARCAP dome
Circular graining, sandblasting, microblasting, circular satin finishing
Chamfered screw heads
Hour- and minute-markers painted with Super-LumiNova®
Satellite hour display; minutes; distance travelled to Mexico City in 20 minutes, revolution of the Earth around the Sun in 20 minutes
Material: Steel bezel, titanium back
Width: 41 mm
Length: 49.7 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressure-tested to 3ATM (30m)
Baltimora strap with pin buckle
CHF 68,000.00(Swiss francs / excluding tax)
20-piece limited edition