URWERK unveiled the open satellite UR-120 that furthers the codes of the UR-110 collection and reshapes its concept. The satellite display of the $101,000 timepiece draws inspiration from Mr. Spock’s (a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise) civilization, on Vulcan. It relies on rotating satellites that split open so they can spin, each on its own axis.
At 44 mm long, 47 mm wide and 15.8 mm thick, the UR-120 case features sapphire glass and a smooth upper part. The satellite splits open, revealing two rectangular studs. They take on a V shape, recreating the Vulcan salute that ultimately gave the UR-120 its name. Once separated, both studs spin on their own axis and shut, all in order to display the new hour unit.
Inside the watch, the satellite-bearing carousel spins on a central axis, each satellite counter-spins in order to remain upright and therefore readable and each stud spins on its own axis. The satellite carousel moves along the minute track sector, located at the right hand side of the case. The side shown by the satellite and its position on that scale indicates the hour and the minute.
Calibre UR-20.01, the central carousel is fitted with three arms, each one bearing a satellite. All four sides of said satellite bears an hour marker. When it exits the minute track and reaches the left part of the case, it actuates a trigger that commands the changing of the satellite face. The latter then shows its true nature with an unprecedented kinematic sequence.
The UR-120 case is made up of two interlocking parts, equivalent to a caseback and a bezel. They connect seamlessly with the help of lateral screws.
The lugs on the new watch are articulated. Inside the one located at 6 o’clock, URWERK has fitted a spring, which is part of the way the strap rests on and sticks to the wrist. The strap is made of calf leather embossed with a ballistic-type pattern.
UR-120’s first series takes on an almost entirely gray form. The upper-case part, the bezel, is made of finely sandblasted steel. The lower part is made of sandblasted titanium and opens up a new design era. A small window offers a direct view on the Windfänger, the star-shaped component which regulates the automatic winding intensity. In the center, a large medallion has two types of finishing: deep grooves all over and at 9 o’clock, a plaque bearing the URWERK monogram. The crown is made out of steel and the strap is also gray.
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