New Models – Urwerk-103

Urwerk is a young Geneva-based watch company headed by watchmakers Thomas and Felix Baumgartner and designer Martin Frei.

Their latest work, the 103 was unveiled at Baselworld 2003. According to Urwerk the “103’s futuristic design is a wholehearted endorsement of the ‘hands-off’ principle. There are no hands – only the hour figure traversing its arc across the watch face, as the sun does over our visible horizon. In any one hour, the sweep of the relevant digit simultaneously gives precise information on how many minutes have ‘passed’ over the same period.”

The case is in 18kt yellow or white gold, with a crown at the “12 o’clock” position is an eye-catching – and highly unusual – style element. The hand-wind movement uses the massive crown as its power source for up to a 42-hour power reserve.

Another innovation of this watch is that there are three separate display fields on the underside of the watch, this “control centre or dashboard” has a second hands, a 15-minute revolution indicator, the power reserve and the unique running control.

Dimensions are 36mm x 14mm x 50 mm.