Regarded by Ancient Greeks, Amerindian civilizations, and Ancient Egyptians as a real treasure, electrum – gold and silver alloy – is one of the original precious materials. While the first coins were minted from this metal, it was gradually forgotten until now when URWERK decided to revive it in the UR-100 Electrum – the new edition of URWERK’s 100 collection.
This 25-piece edition has a case made of organic gold and palladium alloy. It boasts bright yellow color and features a structured, pleated and undulating surface.
The rhythm and rhyme of time are played out in the center of this golden arena. The UR-100 Electrum features the satellite-type hours and minutes display and once the 60th minute has passed, the minutes hand vanishes and reappears as a kilometer counter illustrating the 555 kilometers traveled every 20 minutes by every inhabitant of the Earth. This in fact corresponds to the Earth’s average speed of rotation calculated at the Equator.
On the face of the watch, hours and kilometers thus share the same status, the same scale of value. These units are illuminated in incandescent green for the hours and in blazing white for the kilometers.
This creation was inspired by a gift from my father, Geri Baumgartner, a renowned restorer of antique clocks. It is a clock made by Gustave Sandoz for the 1893 World’s Fair. Its distinctive feature is that instead of counting off the hours, it indicates the distance traveled by the Earth at the Equator. Martin Frei, designer and co-founder of URWERK, fought hard to have this indication appear on the dials of the UR-100. In my view, a watch is both a physical and abstract reproduction of our situation on Earth. It anchors us to a precise time and longitude, while at the same time testifying to the fleeting nature of that position. – Felix Baumgartner, master watchmaker and co-founder of URWERK
Beating beneath the dome of the UR-100 is URWERK Calibre 12.01 with its three-satellite time display. The satellite indicating the exact time moves from 0 to 60 along the minutes track.