Werenbach Soyuz 01 Collection: Soyuz 01 Automatic & Soyuz 01 Superlative Automatic Editions

Swiss watchmaker Werenbach transforms salvaged space rockets into prestigious timepieces. The brand has recently announced their latest Soyuz 01 watch, made from the upcycled aluminum from a booster on the Soyuz rocket that flew Sergei Valeriyevich Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor up to the ISS on June 6, 2018.

Soyuz rocket launch
The Soyuz TMA-04M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 carrying Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) / NASA Identifier: nasahqphoto-7201201862

The dial is made from rocket material that has been to the edge of space at an altitude of 45 km before being recovered from the Kazakh desert steppe, cleaned, and elaborately engineered.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Black watch

The brand has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the promotion of this new watch collection. This is the third online crowd-funding project by the Zurich based Swiss watch brand that was founded by Patrick Hohmann in 2012. The design for the new collection was chosen in a survey that 6,000 fans participated in.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Black watch hands on

This collection is available in two different movement versions: the Soyuz 01 Automatic Edition and the Soyuz 01 Superlative Automatic Edition. The basic collection incorporates the Sellita SW200 whereas the superlative models have a high-end mechanical Soprod Newton movement.

Sellita SW200 movement
Sellita SW200

The Sellita SW200 Swiss mechanical movement by Sellita is a new generation of the legendary and probably highest-selling mechanical movement in Switzerland, the ETA 2824. Sellita is famous as a manufacturer of robust and proven Swiss movements.

The Newton is a new high-end movement in premium quality developed by Jura-based manufacturer Soprod.

Soprod Newton movement
Soprod Newton

This latest generation Swiss-made mechanical movement is distinguished by its excellent precision and a ‘bridge’ over the balance. Bridges like these are generally only found in luxury brands that are manufactured to the highest standards of Swiss ‘haute-horlogerie’. The bridge also improves the watch’s shock resistance.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Black 3
Werenbach Soyuz 01 Black

Both versions offer same display layout: Three central hands (hour, minute & seconds) and a date window at 3 o’ clock. The models powered by the Sellita SW200 automatic calibre provide a power reserve up to 38 hours with a precision of -/+ 19 sec. day. The Soprod Newton is a premium-grade automatic movement that provides a power reserve of 44 hours with a precision of -/+ 6 sec. day.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Raw
Werenbach Soyuz 01 Raw

Three dial designs are also available for each model. The Soyuz 01 Automatic Edition offers Black, White and Raw (Aluminium) dial versions. The Soyuz 01 Superlative Automatic Edition is available with Raw, Black or Deep Black dials.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 White
Werenbach Soyuz 01 White

Among them, the Soyuz 01 Superlative Deep Black is a limited edition of only 999 pieces. This version features a black DLC coated stainless steel case and a black dial.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Deepblack
Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Deepblack

The dials of Soyuz 01 watches are made from original processed aluminum in black or white, polished or unpolished. The large, applied hour-markers along with the SLN X1 GL C1 Luminova treated, baton shaped hour and minute hands ensure excellent visibility of the dial indications.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Black
Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Black

Below the 12 o’ clock Arabic numeral hour marker, the dial displays the brand logo, the brand name and the collection name. At 3 o’ clock, the dial features a round shaped date window. At 9 o’ clock, the Soyuz 01 automatic edition models feature the inscription AUTOMATIC whereas the Soyuz 01 Superlative automatic edition models have the inscription SUPERLATIVE AUTOMATIC.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Raw
Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Raw

The dial also indicates some interesting details dedicated for the fans of space and rocket technology. The dial of all Soyuz 01 watches is stamped with the words ROCKET MATERIAL and below that you will find the coordinates (45° 38 N 63° 19 E) of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the launching port of Soyuz rockets.

Werenbach Soyuz O1 Superlative Deep Black Dial

The outer dial ring is inscribed with the details like attitude and flight duration related to the stage III of Soyuz rocket launch: ORBIT- 8.49 MIN – 207KM. An illustration of the Soyuz rocket launch is given below.

Soyuz Rocket_Launch_with illustration

These Werenbach timepieces feature stainless steel cases (black DLC coating is used for the Soyuz 01 Superlative Deep Black model) measuring 41.2mm diameter and 9.5mm thickness. Front glass is sapphire crystal with AR coating.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 White caseback

 

The case back of each Soyuz 01 Edition watch features a small porthole styled glass-window that offers the view of the balance wheel, the heart of the movement. In comparison, the case back of the Soyuz 01 Superlative Edition is fitted with a large sapphire crystal that offers a clear view of the movement rear side.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Deepblack caseback

The Soyuz MS-09 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 6, 2018 with three astronauts on board, heading for the International Space Station. Those astronauts were: Sergei Valeriyevich Prokopyev (Russia), Alexander Gerst (Germany) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor (USA).

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Deepblack

All Werenbach watches are made from real-life rocket material obtained from spent Soyuz rocket boosters and fairings, which are jettisoned back to Earth from an altitude of 45 and 85 kilometers respectively, where they are personally selected and recovered from the Kazakh steppe by the company founder.

Werenbach Soyuz 01 Superlative Raw

The legendary Soyuz rockets took the first astronauts and satellites up into space. Known for their dependability, they have been flown more often than any other rocket and are still in service today. The Werenbach timepieces satisfy the most stringent of quality criteria and come with a 5- year warranty.

By supporting the Werenbach Soyuz 01 Kickstarter campaign, the customers can acquire the timepieces of his/her choice in a greatly discounted price range. For example, the Kickstarter price of each Soyuz 01 model is CHF 539, which is approximately 44% less than its suggested future retail price (CHF 979).

Technical details

Case
Stainless Steel
Glass: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal with single anti-reflect coating
Diameter: 41.2mm
Thickness: 9.5mm
Lug width: 20mm
Lug to lug: 49.3mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dials
The dials, which are made of pure aluminum rocket material, not only boast a unique 3D effect but also a unique history. As part of a rocket they have left our planet and touched the edge of space at an altitude of 45 km.

100% pure aluminum rocket material from the first stage boosters
• Production method: aluminum die cast and hand polished
• Altitude: over 45km
Luminous material: SLN X1 GL C1

Movements

Mechanical Swiss movements

Sellita SW200
• Mechanical movement
• Make: Swiss Made
• Precision: -/+ 19 sec. day
• Power reserve: 38 hours
• Quality: standard

Soprod Newton

• High-end mechanical movement
• Make: Swiss Made
• Precision: -/+ 6 sec. day
• Power reserve: 44 hours
• Quality: premium (top)

Strap
Black textile strap (for all models except Soyuz 01 White)
Brown Leather strap for Soyuz 01 White model
Additional straps/bracelets can be purchased seperately

Weight
Weight without strap: 68 g
Weight with strap: 86 g

Kickstarter price
Soyuz 01: CHF 539
Soyuz 01 Superlative: CHF 969

Future retail price
Soyuz 01: CHF 979
Soyuz 01 Superlative: CHF 1700

Kickstarter campaign details

Project launched on: 17 September 2020
Pledged amount: $65,155
Project ends on: 01 November 2020
Estimated Delivery: April 2021

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rocketwatch/extraterrestrial-time-pieces-reinvented-werenbach

WERENBACH

Zurich-based watch company WERENBACH produces wristwatches using material from Russian Soyuz rockets that have flown into space. The watches are crafted in small series and are available directly from the studio or online. This young Swiss watch brand was established by Patrick Hohmann.

Patrick Hohmann, founder and CEO of WERENBACH, came up with the idea to make watches from space rockets back in 2010. In 2012 he set off on an adventurous journey to Kazakhstan, to the place where Russian Soyuz rocket engines fall back to Earth. The novel WERENBACHS UHR (WERENBACH’S WATCH) by founder and CEO Patrick Hohmann describes the adventure-packed story behind the first watch. The book is published by Bilgerverlag in German and available to buy online and in book stores.

The base material for the watch cases is sourced from the rocket’s power turbines (steel) or the outer shell (aluminium). In order to produce the watch cases, these materials must be smelted, with minimal changes to the composition of the alloys.

Criteria for adapting the alloy are:-
–    It must not trigger allergies
–    It must be workable
–    It should be as hard as possible

Two alloys specific to Werenbach were thus developed:  

•     SRE Stainless Steel: Made from the engine steel, SRE stands for “Soyuz Rocket Engine”. Partial decarburisation 0.17% carbon added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum.

•     SBS Aluminium: Made from the outer shell aluminium, SBS stands for “Soyuz Booster Shell”. Added 0.67% copper and 5.89% tin reduced 2.89% manganese.

Original material: The Booster Shell editions are built with the rocket’s shell. Its unique and visible traces of wear gives each watch a one-of-a-kind look.

The Soyuz rocket is the emblem of Russian space travel and the mother of all rockets. An early model of the modern version launched the first satellite – Sputnik – into space in 1957 and made Juri Gagarin the first human being ever to enter space in 1961. To this day the Soyuz rocket is still the most frequently flown orbital rocket in the world and continues to transport astronauts to the ISS. The material used for WERENBACH watches comes from Soyuz rockets launched in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Contact details
Werenbach AG
Forchstrasse 229
8023 Zürich
www.werenbach.ch  

Werenbach Earth Collection

The Zurich watch brand Werenbach produces quality mechanical watches with material from rockets that have been in space. All Werenbach watches contain original material from the Soyuz spacecraft. In 1961 this type of rocket launched the first astronauts into space and today still carries astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Specifically, the watch material comes from the first stage of the rocket, which was jettisoned shortly after launch and fell back to Earth. The boosters landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where they were retrieved by Werenbach founder Patrick Hohmann and transported to Switzerland. The material was prepared there and processed into precision watch components. Whereas in the models of the hand-made Atelier Collection, the case as well as elements of the dial (in some models) were made of rocket material, in the ‘Earth Collection’ original material was used solely for the dial.

The rocket determines the design – each watch is unique. The raw material used is left in its original condition and by the colour, one can easily see which part of the rocket it comes from: if the dial is white, the material comes from the fairing of the spacecraft (nose cone); if it is grey, then it was made from part of the booster.

The orange-coloured metal plate incorporated in the dials of some of the models comes from the cladding of the rocket engine. In short, the rocket determines the design of the watch. The unprocessed surface of the original rocket parts shows scratches and other signs of wear that make each watch unique.

The beating heart of the watch is Cal. STP 1-11 (Swiss Made) made by Swiss Technology Production in Switzerland.

In 2017, the brand conducted a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter and attracted an amount of CHF 768,039 for the mass scale production of these watches.

The Zurich start-up company Werenbach has been making watches since 2013 out of material from spaceborn Russian Soyuz rockets. Up to now the watches have been produced in very limited editions and sold directly. Three watches have already been unofficially tested by astronauts in space. Patrick Hohmann is the owner and CEO of Werenbach.

Werenbach Launch Sequencer

Presented at Baselworld World Watch and Jewellery Show in 2016, the latest watch in the Werenbach collection was developed for astronauts and provides information about the different stages of a Soyuz rocket in orbit.

The LAUNCH SEQUENCER is vastly different from the rest of the collection, and deliberately so, since cosmonaut requirements were a decisive factor in the design. The watch is also hugely exciting for space enthusiasts sadly denied the pleasure of a rocket flight. Thanks to the information provided on the watch – and a little imagination – a greater understanding of the flight is achieved by pressing the “Lift off” button.

The LAUNCH SEQUENCER displays the three stages en route to orbit. Information such as time, altitude and stage (rocket stages 1, 2 and 3) are arranged on the watch, giving readings not only for the point at which each rocket stage is jettisoned, but also when the rocket crosses the boundary to space (Kármán Line).

Seconds after “lift off” are measured on the side of the face and the “rehaut”, minutes are measured on the totalizer above the main hands.

– (Time) travel commences by pressing the lift-off button. The rocket is launched with a propulsive force of 4.5 megatons.
– After 1.58 minutes the first stage is jettisoned; the rocket is now at an altitude of around 46 km and flying at a speed of over 5,000 km/h.
– After 3.10 minutes it crosses the Kármán Line, which represents the boundary to space at an altitude of 100 km. The cosmonauts celebrate the moment with a high-five.
– After 4.48 minutes the second stage, known as the central block, separates. The rocket is at an approximate altitude of 169 km, flying at a speed of over 13,000 km/h.
– After 8.49 minutes the spacecraft breaks away from the rocket. It is now in orbit and coasting at a speed of approx. 27,000 km/h.

Technical details
Case: SBS Aluminium (Made from the aluminium booster shell, SBS stands for “Soyuz Booster Shell” Added 0.67% copper and 5,89% zinc, reduced 2.89% manganese)
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16 mm
Weight: 70 g
Luminous material: Superluminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM

Werenbach Solar

The Solar edition pays tribute to the sun. The design of the models with its black case and gold watch face is inspired by the magma of the sun. The SRE stainless steel with DLC coating measures 43mm diameter. The watch houses a Swiss made automatic movement to power basic timekeeping in three hands layout and date.

Technical details
Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum)
Coating: DLC Diamond like carbon
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 13 mm
Weight: 112 g
Luminous Material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Units 2015: 1 Piece
Price: 7900 CHF

Werenbach Deep Space Edition

The design of the WERENBACH Deep Space edition is inspired by the dark infinity of the universe.

Its matt black DLC coated case combined with black watch face, black hands and grey luminous material give the model its unique and original look.

Dressed in a 43mm diameter case, the watch houses a Swiss made automatic chronograph movement. The WERENBACH Deep Space Edition watch is water resistant up to 100 meters.

Technical details
Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum)
Coating: DLC Diamond like Carbon
Diameter 43 mm
Height: 16 mm
Weight: 129 g
Luminous Material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Units 2015: 3 Pieces
Price: 7800 CHF

Werenbach Booster Shell Edition – Booster Shell and Chrono Booster Shell

In the Werenbach Booster Shell edition, both the watch face and the case are made from rocket material. The face is cut directly from the booster shell of the rocket providing. Original signs of use retain its patina and make each watch unique.

The olive green colour of the booster shell lends the sporty model a slightly retro look. These timepieces are equipped with Swiss made automatic movements.

Werenbach Booster Shell

Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum)
Face: Each watch face is made directly from the outer shell of the rocket. Each watch is therefore different due to the differing signs of wear
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 13 mm
Weight: 112 g
Luminous material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Units 2015: 10 Pieces
Price: 7600 CHF

Werenbach Chrono Booster Shell

Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum).
Face: Each watch face is made directly from the outer shell of the rocket. Each watch is therefore different due to the differing signs of wear
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16 mm
Weight: 129 g
Luminous material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Units 2015: 10 Pieces
Price: 8200 CHF

Werenbach 4.5 Megatons

The design of the WERENBACH 4.5 Megatons watch is inspired by the bottom view of a rocket engine; the colour of the small display is influenced by the bright red of the Soyuz engines. The name 4.5 Megatons refers to the propulsive force of a Soyuz rocket.

The watch comes in a 43mm SRE stainless steel case made from the engine of a steam turbine. The WERENBACH 4.5 Megatons houses a Swiss made automatic chronograph movement.

Technical details
Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum).
Diameter 43 mm
Height: 16 mm
Weight: 129 g
Luminous material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Units 2015: 7 Pieces
Price: 7500 CHF

Werenbach Chrono Classic

The ChronoClassic is the first model in the WERENBACH collection – its minimalist design has been stripped back to the bare essentials. Subtle engraving on the side and floor of the case tells the story of the watch. The striking crown was inspired by the pressure valve on a Russian cosmonaut’s suit. The watch face includes the coordinates of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the launch point of the rockets.

Technical details
Case: SRE stainless steel (Made from the engine of a steam turbine. SRE stands for Soyuz Rocket Engine Decarburised 0.17% carbon, added 2.8% nickel and 2% molybdenum).
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16 mm
Weight: 129 g
Luminous material: Super Luminova GL white W2
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Automatic movement ETA 7750
Units 2015: 15 Pieces
Price: 6900 CHF