Urwerk - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2008
    Model Name: UR-103
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, UR3.03
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Urwerk crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Urwerk buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The innovative UR-103 was in production from 2003 until 2010 and available in a range of metals and styles. The present UR-103.09 wristwatch is highly innovative and takes the 103 series to an entirely new level. It features four 3-dimentionsal orbiting and revolving satellites hour display that was designed enabling the wearer to read the time with ease in all occasions. These four hour satellites of the 103.09 edition are crafted in aluminium to minimise mass and thus maximise chronometric efficiency. The case back is fitted with a control board that features a 36 power reserve indicator, a chronometer with minutes and seconds to facilitate accurate time-setting and a precision adjustment screw enabling the owner to regulate the timing of their own timepiece according to their own needs.

  • 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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A fine and rare white gold chronometer wristwatch with 3-dimensional satellite hour display and power reserve

Circa 2008
36 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$160,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$200,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016