Urban Jürgensen : Two Centuries Late

Reference 2340

CASE : white gold with convex bezel, ‘cow horn’ lugs and sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : mechanical hand-winding (Urban Jürgensen Caliber P4, 60h power reserve), temperature-adjusted

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, moon phases, power reserve

STRAP : black, brown or blue semi-matt alligator leather, gold pin buckle or folding clasp on request

Selected among the finalists of the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the Men’s Watch category, Reference 2340 from the Jules collection does not reveal its entire nature at first glance, even through the numerals immediately put it in a league of its own. Clearly positioned at the peak of the watchmaking pyramid, the brand with Danish origins proudly flaunts an atelier-based approach to horology. Exactly like that practiced by the circle of renowned watchmakers to which the founder belonged over two centuries ago. An entire day to polish a single movement wheel for example, or 20 operations to craft a hand-blued and polished/satin-brushed moon-phase disk with gold moon and stars. As complex as Grand Feu enameling, the ancestral process of ‘grenage’ (graining) applied to its solid silver dial, as described by its CEO Sören Petersen to our WorldTempus.com colleague in the Tech & Test section. This traditional technique combining manual dexterity and electrochemical expertise makes each dial truly unique. The equally finely hand-crafted blued steel and gold polished hands blithely obey the dictates of the in-house caliber. The principle of “taking time for time” has rarely been so meaningful.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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