Introducing the URWERK UR-112 AggregatBy Suan Futt Yeo
The latest addition to URWERK’s Special Project collection is yet another feather in URWERK’s cap of radical micro-mechanical creation, an engineering exercise in presenting a different paradigm of telling time. More clearly discerned from its back view, the UR-112 Aggregat is composed of two segments: the body which houses the movement proper, and the head which is a sapphire crystal cylinder containing the triangular prisms that spin and roll to tell the time.
URWERK’s signature satellite clusters in the likes of the UR-103 have been re-configured onto a perpendicular plain in the UR-112 – think Ferris Wheel instead of Disneyworld Mad Tea Party. But instead of a single rolling register with 60 markings for the minutes, the UR-112 employs a quartet of triangular prisms engraved with minutes in five-minute increments (and filled with Super-LumiNova) that turn and spin, somewhat like an industrial-grade multi-spindle rotisserie. As the minutes move, energy is gradually built up to blitz the jumping hours on the left at the 60th minute. All this is made possible by a single driveshaft joining the aforementioned body and head of the unit.
Seconds on the upper right of the display are etched onto a silicon wafer, and the power reserve indicator is the only analogue display in this array. The watch is encased in matte PVD titanium hunter case, with hinged protective cover of titanium.
The UR-112 Aggregat is made in a limited edition of 25 pieces.
URWERK translates its brand of manic mechanics to the y-axis – that’s a watchmaking moment to be celebrated, as the envelope of conceivability is teased yet a little further. It’s something that URWERK has consistently achieved, not insane mechanical ingenuity for its own sake but in the service of a mad idea. The retro sci-fi dress is icing.
Movement: Cal. UR-13.01, self-winding, 4Hz, 48 hours power reserve
Functions: Jumping hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
Case: 42 x 51 x 16 mm, PVD-coated titanium, water resistant to 3 ATM
Strap: Fabric strap
Price: CHF 250,000 (Limited edition of 25 pieces)