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April 24, 2014

URWERK introduces UR-105M “Iron Knight” and “Black Knight”

By Chris Boyle

UWERK UR-10M Black KnightThe new watch from URWERK, UR-105M, is inspired by the Middle Ages. An era when knights in shining armor would risk their lives for honor and glory with only their faith and shield for protection. The UR-105M embodies their gallant valor in the form of a titanium and steel face, the satellite revolving hours conquering time in eternal celestial orbits.

All of URWERK’s iconic codes are present in the UR-105M. Satellite hours gliding slowly along the minute scale and a darkened over-sized crown at 12 o’clock endow a subtle, technical feel.

The UR-105M features an impressive titanium body reinforced by steel armor. At the heart of its time display four forged-aluminum satellites slowly orbit. Each of these satellites, visible during their 60-minute journey along the minute scale, is suspended under a circular PEEK (PolyEtherEthercetone) canopy that highlights the wandering hour. Once the hour has elapsed, the satellite – guided by a Geneva cross – rotates and continues around its orbit for another three hours before returning to the center stage. Completing the indications, running seconds and power reserve are displayed laterally on the caseband.

At the back of the UR-105M, URWERK’s signature ‘Control Board’ houses additional displays and functions: an ‘Oil Change’ indicator alerting when it is time for a service; 42-hour power reserve indicator; plus the timing regulation screw allowing adjustment of the rate to maximize precision.

Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder and artistic director, explains: “The case of UR-105M was developed as an armor. The visible screws on the bezel not only bring a distinctive esthetic to the watch, but also tack the steel armor onto its titanium body. This shield protects the movement (the heart of the watch) from the outside world’s aggressions. For me, the parallel with the chivalrous imagery is obvious. You have the power of the bezel-armor generating a feeling of invincibility.”

The UR-105M is available in two versions: the ‘Iron Knight’ with a titanium case and steel bezel and the ‘Black Knight’ with a titanium case and AITin-treated steel bezel.

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