Urwerk‘s UR-100 is an exploration of time and space, two concepts at the very core of the young, independent watchmaking brand. The timepiece’s orbiting satellite hours and minute hands display both time (hours and minutes) and space (distance travelled), merging them in the creation of the all-new UR-100 SpaceTime. Inspired by a nineteenth-century pendulum clock offered a present to Felix Baumgartner -one of the brand’s founders- by his father, the watch does not follow regular timepiece rules, as its regulator-style dial does not show time. Instead, it shows the distance of the Earth’s rotation at the equator.
The UR-100 SpaceTime features Urwerk’s iconic orbital hour satellites; however, rather than the red-arrow-tipped minute pointers on the hour satellites disappearing after 60 minutes when replaced by the next, the UR-100 minute arrow passes beneath and between subsidiary dials, reappearing to display intriguing new astronomical indications: distance travelled on Earth and distance travelled by Earth.
The distance-calculating timepiece is powered by the automatic Caliber 12.01, with baseplates in ARCAP and a power reserve of 48 hours. The automatic winding rotor is regulated by a flat turbine, the Windfäng (Swiss German for “air trap”) that minimizes shocks to the rotor bearing and reduces over-winding and wear and tear. The design and construction of the URWERK Caliber 12.01 required incredibly high precision because of the extremely tight tolerances between the minute hand and three different dials and domed sapphire crystal it passes between.
Those who know Urwerk well since its birth will notice the shape of the case resembles the aesthetics of the brand’s early watches.