The Swiss watchmaker URWERK, known for their innovative mechanics and innovative designs, unveiled the new UR-105M just over a week ago. The Urwerk UR-105M is inspired by the Medieval period, an era of knights. An era when knights in shining armor lived for honor, glory, faith, sword and only a shield by their side.
We can see that all of URWERK’s futuristic “spaceship” design codes from the UR-210 and the UR-103, are present in the new Urwerk UR-105M. It’s available in two versions: the ‘Iron Knight’ with a titanium case and sand-blasted steel bezel and the ‘Dark Knight’ with a titanium case and AITiN-treated (similar to PVD) bead-blasted steel bezel.
Time is indicated by four aluminum-forged satellite hours, which are gliding along the minute scale in a slowly orbit. The satellites are visible during their 60 minute journey across the dial, indicating the minutes. The canopy is made of a special material ultra-lightweight and highly-resistant polymer, called PEEK (PolyEtherEthercetone) with openings which enhances the current hour. Once the hour has elapsed, the satellite hours driven by a bronze beryllium Geneva crosses, which rotates and continues around its orbit for another three hours before returning to the center stage.
On the side of case are two protruding curved sapphire windows indicators set into the case band; a seconds indicator, and a power reserve. The running seconds, shown on a red disk with a marking every two seconds and numbers every 10 seconds. And, the other one is for the power reserve, which is white when full and turns black as the hours of the power depletes. Both of these use aluminum components to make them lightweights, decreasing their drain on power.
The case measures 39.50mm x 53mm x 16.65mm and at 12 o’clock there is an oversized crown. While the watch isn’t small, Urwerk’s cases tend to be ergonomic and easier for the wrist than they might look. Protecting the “dial” is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and surrounding the titanium case, is a large steel “shield” (on ‘Iron Knight’) or the PVD (on the ‘Dark Knight’) “shield”. The six distinctive bolt heads on the bezel are very functional as they attach the bezel to the case.
The case-back of the Urwerk UR-105M features URWERK’s signature ‘Control Board’ houses additional displays and functions: a a five-year ‘Oil Change’ indicator which tells the owner when it’s time to send the watch for a service, a 42-your (or perhaps our) hour power reserve indicator and the fine-tuning screw allowing adjustment the rate of the movement, for better accuracy.
The caliber UR 5.01 is manually-wound via the oversized crown and the movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour/4Hz, 38 jewels and 42 hours of power reserve. The watch is also water-resistant to 3ATM / 30m.
The Urwerk UR-105M comes fitted with a black alligator strap with pin buckle which goes very well with the rest of this super cool watch. The ‘Iron Knight,’ is available for CHF 58,000 and the ‘Dark Knight’, comes at a price of CHF 63’000 and are each limited editions of 77 numbered pieces across the globe. Hefty prices, but they are still the most affordable choice in URWERK’s collection.