While there are many luxury watch brands that offer thoroughly modern designs, Urwerk has a very distinctive design language that is unmatched by anything else in the industry. Overtly technological and space-age in their overall appearance, Urwerk watches often feature modern materials and unconventional displays that put the mechanical technology front and center of the watch, creating timepieces that look almost like screen-worn objects straight off the set. Hollywood science fiction movie. A space-themed mindset is an integral part of Urwerk’s underlying spirit, and for years, the brand has hung a Star Trek sign in its Geneva workshop that reads “Live Long and Prosper” with the famous Vulcan hand gesture from the television show. Its palm was extended forward and its fingers parted in the middle. The now famous Vulcan salute serves as the basis for the design inspiration of the new Urwerk UR-120 AKA Spoke watch, which expands on the core design of the UR-110 with a redesigned satellite system and updated case structure. A new approach to a familiar and fan-favorite case profile.
In the case of the Urwerk UR-120 Spock watch the same overall asymmetrical design can be observed in the UR-110, but with several updates to create a slimmer and more streamlined overall look. Measuring 47mm wide and 44mm lug-to-lug, with an overall thickness of 15.8mm, the case of the new Urwerk UR-120 Spock watch features a two-part design with a sandblasted stainless steel upper section paired with a sandblasted titanium lower section. It joins together with hinges and lateral screws on both sides to help create 30 meters of water resistance. The underlying structure can be seen as similar to the core case architecture of Gérald Genta’s Patek Philippe Nautilus, and the Genta inspiration was publicly acknowledged in a press release by Urwerk chief designer and co-founder Martin Frei, who stated that he admires it. An approach to case formulation from a technical perspective. The top of the case is fitted with an asymmetric convex sapphire crystal, and the bezel around it is completely smooth with no screws or notches, creating seamless and uninterrupted space-age lines.
The titanium back of the case features a small arc-shaped sapphire window that offers a view of the windfanger – the star-shaped part that controls the automatic winding intensity of the movement, while the center of the caseback is deeply decorated. Groove pattern and engraved Urwerk logo. Additionally, unlike the existing UR-110, the Urwerk UR-120 AKA spoke watch has lugs (a unique design feature among Urwerk’s various models) and the lugs at 6 o’clock have a special spring to ensure the case sits comfortably on the wrist. Finally, a strap made of calfskin embossed with a ballistic-type pattern is attached to the two articulation lugs. The strap resembles one of the brand’s regular straps, crafted from a synthetic technical fabric, while its calf leather construction offers users increased comfort and convenience.
Like most of Urwerk’s watches, there isn’t really a “dial” in the traditional sense of the word, as the UR-120 spoke watch’s redesigned satellite system is front and center in the case, rendering the whole three-dimensional and highly mechanical. beauty Featuring a mostly monochromatic gray profile with small pops of white, gold and red, the watch’s display features the model’s signature three-armed satellite system, with a vertical arc-shaped minute scale mounted on a protruding section on the right. side of the case. Mounted on 24k gold PVD treated lyre-shaped springs, each of the three orbiting satellites is formed by two rotating blocks that rotate on their own independent axis and diverge in a V shape in reference to the famous “Live Long and Prosper” hand. signal. The current time is displayed by the satellite on the right side of the clock, which is formed by two rotating blocks to display the numerical reading of the hours. Minutes of time are indicated by the relative position of the satellite pointer against the fixed minute scale on the right side of the display. The 60-minute marking for the scale is bright red, while the three satellites and the remaining markers on the minute scale are white and bright, emitting a bright blue glow in the dark.
Powering the Urwerk UR-120 AKA spoke watch is the brand’s UR-20.01 self-winding movement, which is still based on a traditional Swiss lever escapement and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) with a 48-hour power reserve, despite the highly unusual satellite display. While the view of the movement through the small caseback window is limited to Urwerk’s unique automatic winding mechanism, the watch’s dial side and highly dynamic satellite provide plenty of visual intrigue for the mechanically inclined. Individual satellites split to reflect the shape of the Vulcan salute hand gesture when not displaying the current time. When it comes to finishing, the Urwerk UR-20.01 movement powering the UR-120 spoke watch features several modern materials, including beryllium-copper, various PVD treatments, ARCAP, titanium and LIGA-processed nickel; However, it also incorporates many traditional watchmaking finishing techniques on its visible and invisible parts, including circular and straight graining, polished screws, sandblasting, and Geneva strips. While the core function of the Urwerk UR-20.01 movement may be similar to other designs in the brand and may appear similar even at a quick glance, the unique way the satellites diverge required a significant redesign of their core functionality and ultimately resulted in the Urwerk UR-120 Spock watch having its own unique design.
As a brand founded in 1997, Urwerk is a modern brand that produces thoroughly contemporary timepieces rather than classically inspired watches like many other Swiss luxury companies that have been around for centuries. Urwerk has a modern approach to traditional mechanical timekeeping technology, and while the watches look straight out of a space-themed movie, the underlying technology behind them unites the brand’s creations with the industry’s rich traditions. Way back to the earliest days of human timing. At official retail price $108,000 USD, the Urwerk UR-120 spoke watch is far from what could be considered even remotely affordable, although it’s worth noting that it’s not even the brand’s most expensive offering, despite the dynamic way the satellites diverge in a V shape. To reflect the Vulcan salute. The Urwerk UR-120 AKA Spoke Watch will not be limited in production to a specific number, although it will be a limited production model due to the company’s natural production limitations and its output capacity. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.