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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 103.09
    Case No: 16
    Model Name: UR-103
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UR3.03, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 50mm length x 36mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Urwerk certificate, 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, the control board sits on the reserves 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, furthermore paired with a black crocodile strap with matching green stitch, the watch hugs the wearer’s wrist with extreme comfort and style. 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. 103.09
A fine and rare white gold chronometer wristwatch with three-dimensional satellite hour display, power reserve indication, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2003
50mm length x 36mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$160,000 - 240,000 

Sold for HK$403,200

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Thomas Perazzi
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+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021