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URWERK UR-105- Retrospective Let's see how Urwerk is chasing themes with their watches We've had the pleasure of handling quite a few Urwerk UR-105 timepieces over the past 6 months. From Iron Knight to Tantalum Hull, these are the masterpieces of Urwerk creators Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner. Since the launch of the watch in 2014, the designer x watchmaker duo has experimented with different materials, designs and colour palettes across all 9 models of the UR-105. Now, the series ends with the latest UR-105 TTH released last May. Martin and Felix are moving forward with new ideas and designs - something exciting is about to happen for Urwerk and its fans. We all had the opportunity to dive deep beneath the surface of their ideas, designs and pursuits with Urwerk. Here, too, a lot. On the evolution and themes of Urwerk “Whenever Urwerk timepieces are retired, there is nothing to do,” Martin said. In this case, the duo have completely exhausted what they think is worthy of their design and watchmaking attention. They are just ready for new ideas and inspiration. It was immediately clear from the conversation, though: it's impossible to talk about the retirement of any Urwerk timepiece (in this case, the UR-105) without discussing the core themes of evolution and the brand. As Martin puts it, "Every previous model is within the next. Sometimes, it's a smaller step. Sometimes, it's a bigger step. But every Urwerk timepiece is related, or belongs to a lineage." Collectors and lovers of the brand will immediately see the truth in these words. You don't need to think too much about whether a timepiece is an Urwerk watch - it just has such a unique "ambience". This "ambience" is a by-product of Martin and Felix's pursuit of certain themes - it is rooted in their watchmaking pursuits. Some of these patterns are very specific - the satellite roaming time indicator is one of them. Others are much more subtle. As Martin points out, one of the major but subtle issues arises in UR-105: interactivity. UR 105 Maverick Wandering Hour Satellite Movement interactivity "We want to create timepieces that make you want to touch them. We want to create timepieces that surprise you." It's not immediately obvious to the average onlooker, but Martin and Felix have been trying to redefine how people interact with timepieces. On the one hand, this has to do with the visual representation of time. The wandering satellite hour indicator is intuitive, making time appear linear, just as our brains conceptualize time. On another level, the interface is also tactile. The brand usually emphasizes this with a huge crown. In watchmaking, crowns are often an afterthought. Something unimportant or distracting from other important things on the watch. In the case of Urwerk, the protruding crown at 12 o'clock and the often larger size of many of its timepieces is a repositioning of the crown's importance. After all, in the case of a hand-wound watch, the crown gives life to the watch when it dies. But interactivity doesn't stop there. Urwerk 105 replica replica Bremont Kingsman Watches Jacob & Co Twin Turbo replica Watches copy replica watches From the service indicator to the on and off function of the automatic rotor, Martin and Felix want you to do things with a watch away from simply setting the date and time. "Armor" or the way the watch is protected Another important theme in Urwerk's DNA is the founders' pursuit of novel ways to better protect their timepieces from everyday wear and tear. The case or "armor" of Urwerk timepieces is constantly evolving. There is no better example than the UR-105 T-Rex and UR-105 CT. First, the Tyrannosaurus rex. In a catalog full of stunning futuristic aesthetics, Urwerk's T-Rex model stands out. The UR-105 was the first iteration of the T-Rex. While the T-Rex's aesthetic is very modern, we were delighted to hear that it was inspired by one of watchmaking's most traditional forms of craftsmanship: guilloche. On a macro level, the T-Rex "armor" exists to provide greater protection from strong impacts and scratches. Here, you can see Martin and Felix changing history in new ways, while better pursuing new forms of protection for watches. Like T-Rex, this theme does not preclude brands from being interested in interactivity. If Martin and Felix wanted to play with your tactile expectations and surprise you when you touched the watch, the softness of the sandblasted T-Rex case created the cognitive dissonance the pair wanted. The look and feel of the watch simply don't match - it looks fierce and sharp, not soft and lovely to the touch. Between the quest for better "armor" and surprising interactivity, the UR-105 CT is another shining example of Urwerk's themed quest. For the CT models in the collection, the duo introduced "shields" - adjustable lids that can be closed or opened on the watch dial. Such a shield is reminiscent of a pocket watch and serves as a wonderful interactive experience within a larger historical design complex of the brand. In all models prior to the UR-105 CT, collectors were either forced into an open dial, with the inner workings of the satellite hours exposed, as was the case with the UR-202, or adopted the closed-dial single spaceship aesthetic of the classic Micro Han , found in UR-101. The on/off shield on the UR-105 CT is a vandalism to that on-off binary. As Martin mentioned, the shield on the UR-105 CT is an evolution from the UR-103 Targa. If you look side by side, the same inlet on the face of the UR-103 Targa dial has been converted to the mechanism on the UR-105 CT for opening and closing the shield. How can I give the watch better protection while still seeing the joy of its inner workings? With the UR-105 CT, you get the best of both worlds. The synthesis in these designs is the tiniest detail to the untrained eye and is often overlooked. It is here, however, that you will find this unique Urwerk "ambience" brought to life. Martin and Felix are reinterpreting existing designs and forms and intentionally create the "bloodline" mentioned in Martin's quote above. replica RICHARD MILLE Rafael Nadal replica watches price fake replica watches move forward "You know, Hitchcock was fundamentally looking for how people relate to each other. He made a lot of movies and they were all looking for the same thing. Again, we're always looking for the same themes in our projects." — —Martin Frey When an Urwerk collection is retired, Martin and Felix are ready to explore their favourite themes of novel interaction and horological conservation on a new canvas. An evolution suited to their historical work, their historical pursuit of the same subject. Taking the UR-105 series as an example, the duo used CT to break the duality of opening and closing dials, launched T-Rex, a common icon in the brand’s design language, and conducted more in-depth research on new materials and bronze for the first time. No single model has as much as any other series to date. This means that designers and watchmakers have a lot to explore and experiment with during the UR-105's 7-year life cycle. It's hard to imagine exactly what's coming next - Martin and Felix are good at surprising us in the best possible way. One thing is for sure, they will delve deeper into their area of interest, the Urwerk topic.