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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: UR-202
    Model Name: Hammerhead
    Material: Black titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. UR 7.02, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black titanium Urwerk bracelet, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Black titanium Urwerk deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 48mm length x 43.5mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Urwerk guarantee stamped Luk Fook Macau, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.
    Literature: Urwerk is featured in Twelve faces of Time, Horological Virtuosos by Elisabeth Doerr and Ralf Baumgarten pp.186-201

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sending shockwaves to the horological community with their innovative approach to contemporary independent watchmaking. Urwerk further enhances their ante on their original design of the rotating satellites to indicate time, the UR-202 features an upgrade. This ingenious system uses revolving satellites to display time and comprises of three cubes. Each cube has four faces, with one hour numeral on each face. As time goes forward, the cubes rotate individually to show the hour. At the same time, a telescopic minute hand extends or retracts to point the exact minutes. Another additional feature is the moon phases positioned on the bottom left corner of the dial.

    Featuring a twin turbine automatic movement, a world premiere when launched and still the only firm to utilize such mechanism, the turbines are connected to the winding system of the movement that can be adjusted accordingly with a function selector on the caseback. While the wearer is being inactive, the automatic movement can be "free", meaning that the turbines spin at full throttle. Meanwhile, during sporting activities, the lever can be switched to "stop", which stops the turbines altogether.

    Cased in the firm’s iconic and unusual style, which inspired its nickname “The Hammerhead”, in black titanium with a matching bracelet, the present UR-202 belongs to a special limited edition of 50 pieces. Offered in “like new” overall condition and complete with its full set of accessories, this present example is a must have for sci-fi lovers and collectors of innovative independent timepieces.

  • Artist Biography

    Urwerk

    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-202
An impressive and eccentric limited edition black titanium wristwatch with satellite hour display, telescopic minute hand, twin turbine winding system, moon phases, day and night indication, function selector, bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box, one of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2015
48mm length x 43.5mm width
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 480,000 
€31,300-62,600
$30,800-61,500

Sold for HK$478,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)