URWERK introduces the limited-edition UR-100V “Blue Planet” timepiece that tracks the earth and our solar system. Limited to just 25 pieces the watch case is sandblasted with a blue PVD. The blue color of the UR-100V tells the story of a trajectory transitioning between earth and space.
We have miniaturized and reinterpreted our solar system. We get lost in the depths of the rotating carousel of the UR-100V. It is a plunge into space, a fall into nothingness. It’s a new horological odyssey with our head in the stars and feet on the ground. It’s a reverie in blue. – Felix Baumgartner, URWERK Co-Founder
Under a large observation dome of the timepiece, where, upon finishing indicating the minutes in the 0-to-60 arc along the bottom of the dial, the vivid green and yellow arrowhead hand (one of three) disappears and then reappear at 9 o’clock to track the 555.55 kilometers the earth rotates at the equator every 20 minutes. The hand then emerges again at 3 o’clock to display a kilometer counter tracking 20 minutes of the earth’s revolution around the sun (35,742 kilometers).
The steel case, the atypical movement,the orbital carousel of the UR-100V are wrapped in blue. Evoking the color of our planet, URWERK’s blue is deep, dense, and matte.
When I create and when I paint, all colors resonate in me, but particularly blue. During my education at the Academy of Arts and Design in Lucerne, I had the chance to study the great Florentine artist Giotto. He was the first who, at the end of the Middle Ages, painted the sky blue — dethroning Byzantine gold — and launching the ‘realistic’ style of painting is normal today. I love the color of Giotto’s blue sky; it’s the same sky as ours. Blue is a color that surrounds us, that encompasses us. – Martin Frei, URWERK Co-Founder and Designer
Almost all of the elements of the movement, including the automatic rotor regulated by its Windfänger turbine and the entire satellite hour display system, are also blue – as are the technical canvas strap and buckle. The most visible screws are in flame-blued titanium. Against the blue background, the fluorescent yellow and green arrowhead hand is a shooting star.