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Urwerk UR-100 Electrum Showcases an Ancient Precious Metal

URWERK UR-100 Electrum

Urwerk’s UR-100 design might be familiar to us all, but now it’s been reimagined with a new case in an ancient material: electrum. It reinvigorates the model with a shiny glow akin to the historic treasures of Egypt and Greece, so let’s take a closer look.

As mentioned, the watch itself isn’t new, but being an Urwerk it’s worth a quick refresher. Central to this model are the satellite hour and minute display, which it converts into the unit of distance equivalent to the speed of Earth’s rotation and orbit. It’s incredibly nerdy and technical, which is completely in line with Urwerk’s MO.

URWERK UR-100 Electrum

However, the new model is entirely about the new case and it’s 41mm x 49.7mm x 14mm of electrum. But what is electrum? Well, it’s an organic alloy of gold and silver that can have colours ranging from pale to bright yellow and was used by early civilizations for coins and valuable artefacts. However, in the intervening years it has been used less and less in favour of other materials, making the UR-100 Electrum a rare beast for using it.

URWERK UR-100 Electrum

The material has a naturally occurring texture that has been emphasised on the case by the introduction of ridges, which add a geometric aesthetic to the design. It’s perhaps fanciful to describe the ridges as a flattened version of the tiered seating found in grand, Greek amphitheatres, but I’m a sucker for classical design and looking into the historical significance of electrum may have got to me.

URWERK UR-100 Electrum
URWERK UR-100 Electrum

UR-100 Electrum is a fusion of Urwerk’s typical technical and modern appearance with a shiny material that has a long history. And honestly, it works, if that’s the kind of crazy horology you’re into. The UR-100 Electrum is limited to 25 pieces and is priced at CHF 62,000 (approx. £49,500).

Price & Specs:

Model: Urwerk UR-100 Electrum
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter x 14mm height, satin brushed 18K Electrum yellow gold case
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house UR 12.01 calibre, automatic, 39 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48h
Functions: Satellite hours, minutes, Earth’s rotation on its axis at the Equator in 20 minutes, Earth’s revolution around the sun in 20 minutes
Strap: Leather
Price/availability: CHF 62,000 (approx. £49,500 / tax not included), limited to 25 pieces

More details at URWERK.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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