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February 3, 2022    |    

URWERK Flexes its Carbon Cased UR-100V CF52


URWERK has just launched the latest iteration of its space-time telling watch the UR-100 in another 25-piece Limited Edition collection. Succeeding the “Full Titanium Jacket” version is the UR-100V C52 featuring a case made with High Resistance CTP Carbon. This extremely resilient carbon is composed of 52 layers compressed in epoxy polymer resin which is extremely light. So light that the UR-100V C52’s case weighs in at an impressive 11 grams including the titanium back.

UR-100V C52
UR-100V C52

“Carbon is a material dating back to the dawn of time. It is a raw material in the original sense of the term, a perfect UR- material. Carbon was also revered by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the pioneers of defining time as we still know it today, and a strong reference at URWERK. Enclosing and protecting the cutting-edge technology used in our models in an ageless case is a contrast that I seek out and particularly appreciate,” explains Felix Baumgartner, co-founder of URWERK and master watchmaker. ” Our carbon has all the qualities: it is resistant, light, resilient, and revisits URWERK black by offering nuances like nothing else”.

With the use of carbon, the case of the UR-100V C52 has a unique circular pattern resulting from the multiple precision-cut layers of carbon. Martin Frei, co-founder of URWERK and chief designer of the brand says: “The curves enhancing the bezel of the UR-100V C52, tracing their way from the crown to the sides of the watch passing through the lugs, are a classic reference. We find this same motif on the ancient Greek columns. Striations drawn and dug in the stone almost 2500 years ago to channel rainwater and control its flow along these ageless pillars. This motif has become the symbol of classicism. I often play with this reference. The design extends all around the wrist thanks to the original rubber strap specifically designed for this watch.”

The UR-100 was inspired by a gift received by Felix Baumgartner’s father Geri, a renowned antique clock restorer who was gifted with a clock made by Gustav Sandoz for the Universal Exhibition of 1893. That particular clock indicated the distance traveled by the Earth at the Equator rather tell the time.

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