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  • Manufacturer: Urwerk
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: UR-202 WG
    Case No: 27
    Model Name: UR-202 WG
    Material: 18K white gold & titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. UR7.02, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Urwerk pin buckle
    Dimensions: 45mm overall length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a name deriving from the ancient Sumerian city of Ur, where time was tracked based upon shadows and where the year was divided into 12 units, Urwerk was established in 1997 founded by Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei. With an aim to associate traditional Swiss horological culture with futuristic ideology of the interpretation of time, the two set out to create fascinating timepieces which would stun the horological community in 2005 by launching the UR-103 with revolving satellite display. Three years later amidst the global financial crisis, the firm launched what is to be one of their iconic and statement models the UR-202.

    Technically sound with strong futuristic elements to form its unique aesthetics, the Urwerk UR-202 did not just only feature the impressive and highly complex revolving satellite display but also additional telescopic minute hands to complete the feature. Furthermore, a new and innovative winding system was developed and incorporated using compressed air, the Turbine Automatic. With its winding rate regulated by fluid dynamics, a function selector can be seen on the caseback with three modes for winding, “Stop”, “Sport” and “Free”. Though depending heavily on the level of activity, the twin turbines spin freely during normal activity and during rapid activity the turbines are regulated to reduce the winding rate by 35%. This in the long run would provide the movement with a longer life span as it reduces the amount of stress.

    Regarded as a horological revelation, the Urwerk UR-202 is arguably one of the most successful models released by the firm. The present UR-202 encased in 18K white gold features the classic color combination with neon yellow luminous material on the dial. Mechanically sound and aesthetically pleasing, the present UR-202 WG will surely impress collectors of contemporary timepieces and dedicated enthusiasts of independents.

  • 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 WG
A fine and unusual titanium and white gold wristwatch with revolving satellite complication, telescopic minute hands, twin-turbine winding system, moon phases and day/night indication

Circa 2010
45mm overall length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 310,000 
€21,500-33,400
$25,600-39,700

Sold for HK$350,000

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Yoki Chan

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