Urwerk - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: UR103.09 WG
    Case No: 111
    Model Name: UR-103
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UR3.03, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Urwerk pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm width x 50mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Urwerk warranty stamped by retailer Lavish Attic Hong Kong dated 27th November 2015, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented in 2003, Urwerk debuted one of the most enduring and iconic watch of modern haute horlogerie, the UR-103. With an adventurous approach and ground-breaking complication, the timepiece features four three-dimensional orbiting and revolving satellites hour-display, a game-changer to time reading. Operated by an oversized crown at 12 o’clock, the control board sits on the reverse of the timepiece, it features a 43 hour power reserve indicator, a chronometer with minutes and seconds to facilitate accurate time-setting, and to gain optimal precision, an adjustment screw enables the wearer to fine tune and regulate adjustment to +/- 30 seconds per day.

    The UR-103 was in production until 2010 and was made in a range of metals and styles, the present example sculpted in white gold is preserved in an attractive futuristic appeal with its sinuous form. Designed with coherent details throughout, the bright green glow of luminous material against the matte black dial enables maximum legibility, hugging wearer’s wrist with extreme comfort and style with its curved case shape. More than a horological sculpture, the UR-103 is an icon of 21st century watchmaking and a must have in a collection of independent creators.

  • 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. UR103.09 WG
A fine and rare white gold chronometer wristwatch with three-dimensional satellite hour display, power reserve indication, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2015
36mm width x 50mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$155,000 - 310,000 

Sold for HK$327,600

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022