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Urwerk Unveils UR-202S Watch

Monday, May 9, 2011

In 2011, Urwerk presents a new version of its UR-202, also famous as "The Hammerhead". Now, the bold time machine demonstrates a radical full metal body on a metal bracelet. The UR-202S was born due to the brand’s close collaboration with the high-end bracelet producer, Maspoli.

Maspoli, having cooperated with the field of haute horlogerie since 1951, worked hard to come up with the Rolls Royce of bracelets. All the components, and even the tools for bracelet manufacturing, were manufactured independently by Maspoli. The bracelet creation takes 11 separate steps to reach the top level of refinement. Each bracelet is built from 22 links, only 6 of which are identical.

The UR-202S stands out among other members of the collection due to the signature three-dimensional vertical lines on the dial. Therefore, "S" in the name of the watch stands for "Stripe".

Having recently acquired the first 5-axis CNC machine, the brand independently produces 80% of the components for the watch.

The Urwerk UR-20S2 watch boasts the brand’s patented Revolving Satellite Complication that features time with help of telescopic minutes hands. The hands are incorporated by three orbiting and revolving hour satellites and with great precision adjust their length to follow the three sectors for the minutes: 0-14, 15-44, 45-60.

The hour and minute markers are provided with SuperLumiNova treatment.

The heart of the timepiece is an automatic-winding movement - calibre UR 7.03. The 34-jewel movement, operating at a frequency of 28, 800 vibrations per hour, offers 39 hours of power reserve. Besides the Revolving Satellite Complication, the mechanism animates the moon phase indicator and the day/night indicator.

The UR-202S represents the first ever timepiece watch with fluid dynamics regulating the winding rate. Back in the 18th century, clockmakers used air friction for regulating the speed of chiming clocks. Their methods were used as the base for the method of regulating the chime rate on minute-repeater watches. The creators of the Urwerk UR-202 watches improved the idea of using air friction for controlling the rate of automatic winding.

Instead of the rotating vanes that were traditionally used in the past the watchmakers have applied the innovative miniature twin turbines. You can see these miniature air compressors spinning on the back of the timepiece. The twin turbines are linked to the winding rotor and serve as shock absorbers according to the position of the selector lever. In normal activity the turbines soften abrupt movements of the rotor, thus diminishing wear and increasing the movement’s lifetime.

The case of the Urwerk UR-202S watch (46.6mm x 43.5mm x 15mm) is rendered in white gold, red gold, polished stainless steel and AlTiN (Titanium Aluminium Nitride) stainless steel. The back is sculptured in titanium. The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.


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