Urwerk’s new EMC watch (“Electro Mechanical Control”) is comprised of a manually wound movement, as well as an electronic rate monitor. I was given a sneak preview of the UR-EMC caliber back in May at Baselworld which left me scratching my head, but now we have a complete picture.
Watch aficionados well know that changes in position and temperature, as well as shocks, can all adversely affect the isochronism (timing regularity) of a wristwatch. What Urwerk has done with the EMC is enable the wearer to not only obtain the precise timing rate on demand, but also to then use that information to accurately adjust the precision of the watch. Capability of this sort is the preserve of professional watchmakers and their Witschi machines, but now anyone with an EMC watch will now have similar capability thanks to the watch’s incredibly complex hybrid electronic/mechanical architecture.
These things said, while I can appreciate the concept, for a watch that will reportedly sell for around $120,000, it all seems a bit frivolous to me. You can decide what you think of the Urwerk EMC after reviewing the pics and info below.
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Not a fan of diamond-decked watches, but must say this one goes well in a baguette-set. There are even diamonds on the satellites. Time on the UR-202 is displayed using telescopic minute hands operating through the middle of three orbiting and revolving hour satellites. The UR-202 is also the first to feature an innovative new winding system regulated utilizing miniature, adjustable turbines which are coupled with the rotor to absorb shock and reduce wear. Check ‘em out at http://www.urwerk.com/
Urwerk UR-202 Baguette
Coming October 201, the Urwerk Maltese Falcon. You saw the first look at the Urwerk Maltese Falcon here at Perpetuelle just a couple weeks ago, and now here is some live video of the piece, courtesy of Urwerk. Watch closely at around the :27 second mark and you will see the retrograde hand snap back. There is also another look at the :55 mark.
Urwerk UR-210 Maltese Falcon (Live Video)
Price 137,000 CHF (~$145,000 US at current f/x)
World First: “Winding Efficiency Complication“
Never has a timepiece displayed such feedback and attachment to its owner: “The UR‐210 embodies the symbiotic relationship between man and his watch.” says Urwerk co-Founder Martin Frei. Or, put another way, this is one brilliant watch. A year after presenting the UR-110 Torpedo, which replaced the watch that launched the brand (the UR-103), Urwerk now unveils the successor of the 200 series, the UR-210, aka the “Urwerk Maltese Falcon” as it is so dubbed.
From the aggressively styled case to the world-first winding efficiency complication to the Opus V-like retrograde minute indicator inspired by the beak of the Maltese Falcon, there’s a lot of ground to cover — but the journey is well worth it.
Follow along as Perpetuelle brings you the first look and an in-depth examination of the new Urwerk UR-210 “Maltese Falcon”.
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