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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: UR-110
    Movement No: 9’103’762
    Case No: 53/55
    Model Name: Torpedo
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. UR-9.01, 46 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Urwerk pin buckle
    Dimensions: 47mm width x 51mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Urwerk guarantee dated 29th April 2011, stamped by Hong Kong retailer, Carlson Watch Co. Ltd, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Packed with attitude and a true sense of style, the ultimate vessel UR-110, also known as the “Torpedo” is not only avant-garde in its armor, its futuristic cutting-edge technicality has created a universe of its own and wooed many. With its winning title of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve for Best Design watch in 2011, the UR-110 is at the forefront of watchmaking excellence and the rebellion of radical expression on time telling of the 20th century.

    Equipped with a three hour-satellites that orbits in planetary motion around the asymmetric dial, the time is displayed on the right side of the timepiece. Underneath features a control board with day/night indicator, small seconds sub-dial and an oil change indicator that alerts the wearer of when a service is due. The momentum is supported by a central carousel that provided stability and equilibrium throughout.

    Deceptively complex in its exterior, the timepiece is essentially exceedingly simple and legible. The intuitive asymmetric layout allows the wearer to view the time discreetly and elegantly without the need to pull a cuff or sleeve back. Encased in its Grade 5-titanium armor, the timepiece is light in weight and wears with incredible stealth.

    Produced in a limited series of only 55 pieces, the present example numbered 53 is offered in excellent condition. Boosting with innovation and fluidity in design, the UR-100 is the go-to watch for the enthusiast that’s bold enough to be different.

  • Artist Biography


    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-110
A very rare and unusual limited edition titanium wristwatch with satellite time display, day and night indication, oil change indication, guarantee and fitted presentation box, numbered 53 of a limited edition of 55 pieces

Circa 2011
47mm width x 51mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$478,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021