Urwerk - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: 2020
    Reference No: UR-100V IRON
    Case No: G20'072
    Model Name: UR-100
    Material: Titanium and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. UR 12.02, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Nylon and Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Urwerk pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm width x 49.7mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Urwerk warranty stamped GMT Italia Srl, instruction manual, product literature, leather holder, and long traveling pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The UR-100V can be clearly seen to take its inspiration from the regular UR-100 series. The slim case and signature orbital satellite time display are all features proudly displayed on the present UR-100V Iron timepiece. The Geneva crosses suspending each of the rotating satellite hour disks are made from a beryllium-bronze alloy, while the carousel that rotates each disk is made in shot-peened aluminum. The circular brushed disks themselves, along with the baseplates, are made from an advanced antimagnetic ARCAP alloy.

    The timepiece amazingly does not only indicate the time through its satellite hours and retrograde minutes, additionally two indications are featured on both sides of the dial indicating distance travelled on earth and distance travelled by earth. The additional ‘space-time’ indications won’t be of practical use in daily life, but it is Urwerk’s vision and invitation for the wearer to imagine what a space-age universe will be like.

    Urwerk never ceases to attract its collectors attention with its daring, cutting-edge watches. This has been the case with the UR-100 V Iron, which introduced the companies recently upgraded self-winding cal. 12.02. The UR-100V Spacetime is a limited edition of 25 pieces in steel like the present example and is offered in excellent overall condition with its original accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    Urwerk

    Swiss • 1997

    The Swiss firm's name "Urwerk" is a play on the German word meaning clockwork. "Ur" is an ancient Sumerian city in which the populace used sundials for timekeeping, while "werk" is German for creation. The company started by Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei is known for their innovative avant-garde designs inspired by space travel. With their own take on time indication, like many of their contemporaries, their futuristic timepieces are rooted in high-end traditional watchmaking. Their signature floating method of time indication using rotating satellites traces back to a watch made in 1656. Producing only 150 watches per year, they have impressed connoisseurs with their innovativeness and cutting-edge technical prowess.

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Ref. UR-100V IRON
A very fine and rare, stainless steel and titanium wristwatch with orbiting satellite hours, distance travelled on earth and distance travelled by earth indication, warranty and presentation box, made in a limited edition of 25 pieces

2020
41mm width x 49.7mm length
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 35,000 
€25,600-35,900
$24,900-34,900

Sold for CHF52,920

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
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Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022