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.