Urwerk : Poised to swoop like a falcon


Case : satin-brushed and sandblasted steel and titanium Size : 43.8x 53.6mmx17.8mm Movement : self-winding mechanical movement (UR-7.10 calibre, 39h power reserve), winding system coupled to turbines, plate in sandblasted and circular-grained ARCAP ; satin-brushed and diamond-polished satellites ; chamfered and polished screw heads Functions : patented revolving satellite complication with wandering hours, 3D minutes, power-reserve indicator, winding efficiency indicator (patent pending), winding-rate control lever on the back Dial : hours satellite in aluminium : central carrousel and screws in grade 5 titanium, Superluminova-enhanced hour and minute markers and indexes Water-resistance : 30m Strap : black hand-stitched alligator leather

The already distinctive Urwerk watches take on a new character with the UR-210 model, which in turn stands out from previous models. With the profile of a Maltese falcon, the pointer sweeping the arc of minutes proclaims an innovative function with its purpose-built architecture. Its mission is to capture and frame the hours satellite, carrying it smoothly across a 120° arc from 0 to 60 minutes. The real action is triggered at the 59th minute. With a sharp click, the pointer flies back to the start of the scale in less than a tenth of a second to take control of the next hour. You can gauge your energy output over the past two hours by the pointer at 11 o’clock : in the green zone, ample energy is being generated to wind the movement ; in the red, the pointer indicates immobility. Depending on how active you are, you can adjust the winding rate at the back of the watch. Turning the wheel to FULL converts your slightest movement into winding power when you are less energetic. If you become more active, turn the wheel to REDUCED. The winding rotor then engages an air turbine that dampens the movement of the rotor as it spins. In the STOP position, the self-winding system is blocked and the watch can be wound by hand.

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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