URWERK UR-105 Raging Gold
Limited Edition of 22 Pieces
The Gentlemen over at URWERK have created another masterpiece in the URWERK UR-105 Raging Gold!
Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder and designer is also a self-confessed victim of the lure of gold: “There’s always this little inner voice that reminds me how much I love this metal. Beyond the march of technology, changes in fashion, new functions, new materials; gold is always gold. It’s forever. It’s the metal that lights me up.”
“Once again, we try to engage all your senses,” explains Felix Baumgartner, URWERK’s co-founder and master watchmaker. “Our UR-105 “Raging Gold” should not only be a pleasure to look at, but a pleasure to touch. The lines and the texture of the case go back to classic principles. The pattern derives from the hobnail motif “Clou de Paris” that was popular in high-class watches. It’s a little bit like my “Madeleine de Proust”. Embed this little touch of history in a disruptive model gets me a thrill from bringing a conservative style to a revolutionary watch.” said Felix Baumgartner.
This 105 version incorporates the latest developments on Urwerk’s wandering hour principle. The most intricate part of the mechanism, the carousel, which carries the hours in groups of three on four satellite discs, is hidden. “In our earlier models,” recalls Felix Baumgartner, “the satellites were mounted on Maltese crosses and suspended from the rotating arms. We’ve found a way to improve on this idea. You can feel the result in your fingertips when you set the time. There’s no friction, no jolts, just the dance of the satellites. Our efforts have been absorbed into a much more fluid transmission.”
The case, in 18kt red gold and titanium, with black PVD coating, measures 39.5mm x 53mm x 16.8mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
Movement is the Swiss automatic URWERK in-house caliber UR5.02 with 52 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 48 hours. Materials: satellite hours turned by Geneva crosses in beryllium bronze. Orbiting structure in PEEK (PolyEtherEtherKetone). Carousel and baseplates in ARCAP. It features circular and straight graining, sanding and chamfered screw heads.
Indications are: wandering hours, minutes. Hour numerals and minutes track handpainted in SuperLuminova.
On the back of the UR-105, turbines control the selfwinding system. Switch the lever to FULL and the winding rotor reacts to your slightest movement to wind the mainspring. In the RED (reduced) position, the rotor’s movements are dampened to avoid excessive tension in the mainspring. In the STOP position the selfwinding mechanism is disengaged and the watch can be wound manually with the crown.
It comes on a black alligator leather strap with a titanium buckle.