Urwerk UR-100 Gold Edition

Felix Baumgartner (not that one) and Martin Frei, the duo behind Urwerk, could well be spending their weeks of isolation giving seminars on industrial design; between their huge, machined cases and unique orbital complications, they show up any other watchmaker that tries to dabble in it.  That said, their latest take on the UR-100 takes a more luxurious bent than we’re used to.

The UR-100 is the latest model in Urwerk’s collection, with a space-ship shaped case and one of their signature orbital timekeepers, open to show all its revolving, orrery-like parts. So far we’ve seen it in a trio of industrial finishes: steel, blackened steel and gunmetal (more on that here). Now the whole 41mm machine has been draped in yellow gold and it is stunning.

Urwerk UR-100 Gold Edition

Urwerk UR-100 Gold Edition

More C3PO than Death Star, the whole thing is milled from a solid block of 18K yellow gold with a soft, satin finish across the board. From the top the silhouette lies somewhere between a classic flying saucer and the Millennium falcon, complete with the crown placed right where the starflight engines would be. It’s a solid chunk of metal, though manages to keep to 14mm thick, impressive given the obvious complexity of the movement.

Urwerk UR-100 Gold Edition

That movement doesn’t just tell minutes and hours – though even those it does in Urwerk’s signature wandering way. It also shows the distance travelled by the Earth around the sun at 2 o’clock and the distance the Earth has rotated at 10 o’clock, both in 20-minute segments. You know, just in case the space-faring theme wasn’t quite clear enough.

Urwerk UR-100 Gold Edition

This is the most luxurious Urwerk we’ve seen in a while, despite the fun, sci-fi inspirations and obvious horological geekiness innate in the design. After silver, black and grey it’s a nice change besides; here’s hoping we see plenty more of this side of the UR-100 in the future. I can’t imagine anyone missing it.

Price & Specs:

Brand: Urwerk
Model: UR-100 Gold Edition
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter x 14mm height, 18k 2N yellow gold
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Calibre UR 12.01, automatic
Functions: Satellite hours and minutes, spacetime indications with Earth’s rotational and orbital distance
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48h
Strap: Alligator leather
Price: 58,000 CHF (Swiss Francs), limited edition of 25 pieces

More details at Urwerk’s website.