Some think that watches are obsolete because we can get the time from so many other sources—like our cellphones. But the rise in popularity of watches shows that people aren’t in it for the time so much as they are for the style and complexity of precise mechanical instruments.
That having been said, there certainly isn’t anything obsolete about the Urwerk UR-110.
The UR-110 indicates time by means of a revolving satellite complication on planetary gears featuring three parallel hour/minute modules resembling torpedoes. The time is displayed on the right side of the watch, with the satellites following a vertical line – 0 to 60 minutes – in a downward motion. The ingenuity of this layout lies in allowing the wearer to view the time discreetly and elegantly without the need to pull back a cuff.
Enveloped in a secure titanium case, a central carousel provides the complication with stability and equilibrium, while planetary gearing keeps the three counter-balanced time modules in parallel formation. The dial side Control Board features small seconds; an “Oil Change” indicator to alert the user when it is time for a service; and a Day/Night indicator to help keep track of changing time zones. Visible on the back, twin air turbines minimize wear in the automatic winding system.
Price is TBA at the moment, but if other Urwerk creations are anything to go by, this timepiece is going to be only for the mega rich.