URWERK continues its journey through time, not only measuring it but also paying homage to the cradle of ancient civilizations. The latest installment in its Time and Culture line, the UR-100V Time and Culture II “Sumer,” transports us back to the heart of Mesopotamia, to the city of Ur, where time itself took its initial form.
In the year 3000 BC, the Sumerians, denizens of Ur, laid the groundwork for modern timekeeping by introducing the revolutionary concept of 60 – 60 seconds and 60 minutes. URWERK, inspired by this ancient numerical elegance, introduces the second edition of the 100V, delving into the depths of Sumerian culture.
Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder and artistic director, draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Sumerian mythology, astronomy, astrology, and time measurement. The result is the UR-100V Time and Culture II, a timepiece that not only tells time but also narrates the forgotten tales of a civilization lost in the annals of history.
Under the sapphire dome of the “Sumer” timepiece, a Pantheon of ancient divinities stands tall, a tribute to the gods of yore. Utu, the god of the Sun, takes center stage, his millennia-old form reimagined with a contemporary twist – a four-pointed sun symbolizing the cardinal points.
Between the lugs, in the shadows but ever-present, sits Nanna, the moon god, chief deity of Ur, as if floating in orbit. The blue hue of the UR-100V, aptly named “Sumer,” pays homage to lapis lazuli – a stone associated with Innana, the goddess of Love, War, and Fertility. The infinite blue color echoes the immaterial essence of this ancient material.
The timepiece’s design extends beyond aesthetics to encapsulate Sumer’s astronomical knowledge. Space-related shapes adorn the periphery, presenting authentic sky charts and planispheres – a homage to the Sumerians’ fascination with the night sky and their foundational role in the birth of astrology.
Meticulous craftsmanship defines the UR-100V Time and Culture II “Sumer.” Fine, laser-engraved motifs, satin-brushed ridges, and micro-sandblasted hollows create a velvety finish, showcasing the precision and artistry synonymous with the URWERK name. The attention to detail, visible under a magnifying glass, is a nod to the timeless heritage the brand upholds.
Beyond the intricate design, the UR-100V Time and Culture II incorporates a unique functionality. As minutes pass, the minutes hand transforms into a kilometer counter, illustrating the silent journey of 477.29 kilometers every 20 minutes—an homage to the Earth’s rotation. This is juxtaposed with the Earth’s revolution around the sun, a staggering 35,742 kilometers every 20 minutes. In the face of the UR-100V, hours and kilometers coexist on the same scale, blurring the lines between temporal and spatial measurements.
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