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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: UR-100 IRON
    Case No: G190219
    Model Name: UR-100 Space Time Iron
    Material: Titanium and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. UR 12.01, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Urwerk pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm width x 49.7mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Urwerk warranty stamped Cellini, instruction manual, product literature, leather holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The UR100 launched in 2019 takes its inspiration from a clock made by French clockmaker Gustave Sandoz and gifted to Felix Baumgartner by his father. Interestingly, the clock doesn’t indicate time but shows the number of kilometers the Earth has rotated each day at the equator. The brand symbolic satellite time display with orbital hour satellites are embodied in this new release.

    Time is read via 4 three-dimensional orbiting and revolving hour-display satellites, a red hand above the discs indicates the minutes. The same hand disappears into the case and indicates – via two apertures on each side of the case - the number of kilometers the Earth has rotated at the equator over a 20-minute period, up to a total of 555 kilometers and how many kilometers the Earth has travelled along its orbit, for a total of 35,740 kilometers in every 20-minute period.

    The additional ‘space-time’ indications won’t be of practical use in daily life but it’s Urwerk vision and invitation for the wearer to imagine what a space-age universe will be like, The UR100 Spacetime is a limited edition of 25 pieces in steel like the present example and is offered in excellent condition with its full accessories.

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

Circa 2019
41mm width x 49.7mm length
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed

HK$210,000 - 420,000 

Sold for HK$352,800

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Thomas Perazzi
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022