Urban Jürgensen One Urban Blue Dial

Luxury sports watches are a tough game. They need to strike a fine balance between to distinctly opposing areas. On the one hand you have the elegance inherent in fine watchmaking, on the other you have the kind of rugged look and practicality necessary to survive a little roughness. Yep, it’s a challenge – and the Urban Jürgensen Jürgensen One more than lives up to it.

The name is a perfect fit; the Jürgensen One collection of four timepieces – three time-and-date-only, one GMT – marks a series of firsts for the independent watchmaker. Like Nomos Glashutte this year it’s their first bracelet and the GMT is Urban Jürgensen’s first watch of that type. Most importantly, all four include the watchmaker’s first in-house automatic movements.

Urban Jürgensen One Soft White & Charcoal Grey

The movement in question for the time-and-date-only is the P.5 automatic calibre. It’s a serious piece of watchmaking, with a 72-hour power reserve and an impressive frequency. It’s also finished like a work of art, resplendent in Côtes de Genève and a gold rotor, all visible through the sapphire caseback.

As for the watches themselves, they do the sports / elegance hybrid proud. The steel cases are round and tactile, not too slim nor too bulky. The four dials show off Urban Jürgensen’s artisanal skills with their barleycorn guilloche and stunning set of hands, particularly in the blue version.

Urban Jürgensen One Side

The highlight however is that first bracelet. It’s robust yet beautiful with it’s mirror-polished oval centres and links tapered to make them easier to switch in and out and the whole thing integrates flawlessly into the case. It’s a good thing it turned out so well; the bracelet took two and a half years to fully develop.

Urban Jürgensen One GMT

Of the four pieces, the blue-dialled GMT is the standout. The second time zone is shown on the 6 o’clock subdial but otherwise it’s as pared back as the simpler triplet. Regardless of which you prefer, there’s little doubt that this is Urban Jürgensen’s big horological statement. The Alfred was beautiful but this is taking things to the next level.

It had better be too; The Jürgensen One is priced at 24,500 CHF, with the GMT coming in at 33,500 CHF – that’s £18,600 and £25,500 respectively.

Urban Jürgensen One Caseback

Price & Specs:

          • Model Name: Urban Jürgensen One
            Ref: 5241, 5541 GMT
          • Case: 41mm width x 13.8 mm height, stainless steel
            Dial: Soft White, Charcoal Grey and Urban Blue

            • Movement: In-house automatic Calibre P5
              Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 vph
            • Power Reserve: 72h
              Water Resistance: 120m

              Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
            • Price: CHF 24,500 + VAT (Ref. 5241) or CHF 33,500 + VAT (Ref. 5541)

For more information visit Urban Jürgensen’s website.