Introducing the one-of-a-kind Urwerk UR-110 Bakelite, the last of its kind

Introducing the one-of-a-kind Urwerk UR-110 Bakelite, the last of its kind

The Low-Down

Ten years ago, Urwerk forever altered the horological landscape with the launch of the UR-110, an evolution of the brand’s signature satellite time display system. But now, exactly 10 years after it launched, it’s time for the final Urwerk UR-110, which will be auctioned off on the 15th of October, with proceeds supporting the Swiss Red Cross.

In 2011, URWERK was awarded the "Best Design" prize for the UR-110.
In 2011, URWERK was awarded the "Best Design" prize for the UR-110.
The brand new Urwerk UR-110 Bakelite
The brand new Urwerk UR-110 Bakelite

IMHO

The UR-110 has made quite an impact over the years, not only winning legions of fans, a GPHG award for best design, and even a spot on Tony Stark’s wrist. It’s an incredibly important model for the new generation of independent horology — a novel time-telling display in a futuristic form, complete with miniature robotic arms holding the satellites, with minutes being read off a fixed minute track. Over the years, the UR-110 has been deployed with a full suite of materials, both retro and futuristic. This edition might well be the first time the watch has featured a material that is both; Bakelite. Urwerk founder Felix Baumgartner explains: “Bakelite was one of the first high- tech materials ever developed. Its properties were and remain multiple and revolutionary. Insulating and heat-resistant, it was present in all everyday objects at the time, from eyeglass frames to radios”. This pioneering thermosetting plastic was hard-wearing, and made from a combination of phenol and formaldehyde, originally derived from coal tar and wood alcohol. It’s also a material with a rich history in watches, famously used on the early bezels of Rolex GMT-Masters. The bezel on this Urwerk is no less striking, adding a surprisingly organic feel to the otherwise precisely machined lines of the final UR-110 ever.

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Urwerk UR-110 Bakelite

The model is being sent off with a bang too, as Urwerk is auctioning it on their own site,The auction will start on October 15 and will close two days later. On October 17 at 10:00 am Geneva time. Most of the proceeds will be donated to the Swiss Red Cross.

Tech Specs

Movement: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding, 39 hours of power reserve
Functions: Satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears Control Board: “Day/Night” indicator; “Oil Change” alert for service intervals and small seconds
Case: Grade 5 titanium, 47mm x 51mm x 16mm, bezel in bakélite
Strap: Black textile
Price and Availability: Unique, to be auctioned at urwerkpreowned.com/website.

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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