Urwerk UR-100 'Blue Planet'

Regular price
$73,000
Regular price
Sale price
$73,000
REF UR-100
Automatic-winding
41 MM
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SKU AS08788
Article Number 40991490
ref UR-100
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Exotic
material PVD
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Fabric
Includes Signed navy blue textile strap with signed navy blue PVD pin buckle. Includes inner and outer boxes, books, leather folder, and warranty card dated 4/9/2021.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, virtually unworn condition showing faint signs of wear from gentle use. Openwork rotating 'satellite' mechanism with luminous numerals and minute track on bottom with minute indicator arrow. Signed crown.
REF UR-100
Automatic-winding
41 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08788
Article Number 40991490
ref UR-100
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Exotic
material PVD
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Fabric
Includes Signed navy blue textile strap with signed navy blue PVD pin buckle. Includes inner and outer boxes, books, leather folder, and warranty card dated 4/9/2021.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, virtually unworn condition showing faint signs of wear from gentle use. Openwork rotating 'satellite' mechanism with luminous numerals and minute track on bottom with minute indicator arrow. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

While certain alternative time-telling displays can feel contrived, the ‘wandering hours’ complication always imparts a sense of wonder.

Developed in the 17the century, it largely disappeared by the turn of the 20th century, to be revived by Audemars Piguet in the form of its Starwheel collection in 1991. Sophisticated and whimsical, the wandering hours display forms the basis of much of high-end independent company Urwerk’s output. 

The brainchild of Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, Urwerk has been pushing the horological envelope since 1997, designing cutting-edge timepieces that beg closer examination. Its UR-100V Blue, for example, is a navy-colored, titanium and PVD steel piece inspired by Florentine artist Giotto’s depiction of the sky. And if the incorporation of a wandering hours display wasn’t challenging enough, the brand also added dual Spacetime complications. Allow us to explain…

Housed in an octagonal, 41mm x 49.7mm blue PVD stainless steel case with a titanium and sapphire crystal caseback, a domed sapphire crystal, and a crown situated at 12 o’clock, it features a wandering hours display formed by the Urwerk UR 12.02 automatic movement incorporating the Windfänger Planetary Turbine Automatic System. Each of three satellite arms contains four of 12 hour indices; the time is read by glancing at the hour displayed by the arm as it makes its way across the bottom of the dial, where minutes 1-60 are displayed in an arc. 

On the left and right side of the dial are two additional readouts that track the distance the Earth rotates at the equator over 20 minutes, and the distance the Earth revolves around the Sun during the same period of time. (Whether you incorporate this information into your daily routine is largely irrelevant — we think it’s perfectly welcome on such a whimsical and science fiction-esque timekeeper!) 

Paired to a blue technical canvas strap, the UR-100V ‘Blue Planet’ looks firmly like a device worn by an astronaut or aquanaut in a Frank Herbert or Jules Verne novel — sleek, novel, and handsome, it’s the perfect wrist companion for someone whose taste runs more to the avant garde. 

Brand Story

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One of the darlings of the high-end independent horology space, Urwerk was founded by watchmakers Martin Frei and brothers Thomas and Felix Baumgartner. Upon their debut in 1997, the brand’s first wares were unlike any the watch world had yet seen: Incorporating a poetic ‘wandering hours’ complication, they made use of cutting-edge materials housed in avant garde cases, the results of which were thought-provoking and unique.
While Thomas Baumgartner left the company in 2004, Felix and Frei would soldier on, eventually developing an in-house movement and designing a watch for Harry Winston called the Opus V. Winning the coveted Design Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, Urwerk continued to innovate throughout the 2010s, even collaborating with fellow independent maison MB&F in 2012 on the Nitro. In 2013, the brand snagged the Innovation and Mechanical Exception Watch Prizes at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for their EMC watch, which made use of an electronic rate measurement display.
Today, Urwerk’s collection is split into three distinct sub-categories: UR-Satellite, and UR-Chronometry. Whether automotive inspired, more classically styled, or completely distinct in shape, Urwerk timepieces are always immediately identifiable as such. Looking like something out of a science fiction novel, they represent the bleeding edge of horological technology and innovation.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Urwerk UR-100 'Blue Planet'

Urwerk UR-100 'Blue Planet'

Regular price
$73,000
Regular price
Sale price
$73,000
Urwerk UR-100 'Blue Planet'

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