Almost vintage… Indeed, this expression may be somewhat provocative, notwithstanding, consider that what you see here is a period case, containing 20 long stretches of history. That’s right, this year the forever young and innovative brand URWERK is commending twenty years of striking and unchained horological manifestations. Along these lines, indeed, vintage… Maybe not! Incredibly collectible… Most certainly, as Christie’s Watches Online is presently offering for sale three of the soonest URWERK watches, giving you the rare freedom to get your hands on a piece of the independent scene’s history.
20 years prior, one youthful watchmaker – Felix Baumgartner – and one youthful architect – Martin Frei – chose to dispatch their own watch image , which was uncovered to the world at the AHCI corner during Baselworld 1997. Don’t be tricked by the little and very old look of these watches. Of course, they are far away from the trying looks of the brand’s later manifestations, for example, the UR-T8 or the UR-210 . In any case, once upon a time, the main URWERK was an impact. The most surprising thing in any case, is that when you take a gander at the subtleties, these three watches that Christies Watches Online is offering for deal , really have everything: the novel showcase, the non-compromised look, the Sci-Fi inspiration… These watches are the establishment, the underlying foundations of one of our number one brands and an ideal declaration to the work accomplished by these two regarded gentlemen.
Finding one of these early URWERK watches, which means the UR-101 or the UR-102, for auction is truly difficult. Right off the bat, they were delivered in little amounts. Furthermore, we as a whole realize that auctioneers are more focused on selling vintage Pateks and Rolexes than youthful clock watches from non mainstream watchmakers (more productive maybe…) Thus, it was with pleasure that we found that Christie’s, through its Online Auction page , is currently offering for deal not one but rather three “vintage/early” URWERK watches, including two UR-102 and the absolute first of them each of the, one UR-101.
The URWERK UR-101/40
The URWERK UR-101 was dispatched at Baselworld in 1997 and was the company’s first watch. The UR-101 was, plan astute, a complete surprise back in 1997. Its case is molded like Han Solo’s space make, the Millennium Falcon, from the celebrity Wars – you can as of now see here where the brand takes some of its inspiration, having always depended on Sci-Fi and space creates for its watches. The showcase was additionally incredibly creative, with meandering hours running on a semi-round moment track ( a presentation roused by 16th century Italian night-clocks made for the Pope ). Truth be told, everything the brand is known for today is here, making this watch an unquestionable requirement have in any assortment focussed on autonomous watchmaking.
The URWERK UR-101/40 available to be purchased here was created in 1999 and arrived in a restricted creation of 500 pieces made in 18k white gold. This is number 7. The case, while in extremely nice condition, shows some slight imprints, however nothing to stress over. It will be conveyed with box and unique endorsement. URWERK will offer a free complete development update to the buyer. The watch is assessed at USD 8,000 – 12,000 and is current offered (at the time this article is distributed) is USD 7,000. An extraordinary chance to claim a piece of history and an uncommon watch – recorded here .
The URWERK UR-102
Just one year after their first watch, in 1998, Frei & Baumgartner presented their subsequent creation, the URWERK UR-102. In view of a similar development and show as the primary watch – wandering hours on a semi-round moment track – they updated the case, again propelled by space creates, anyway this time no Sci-Fi except for reality. The plan of this model was enlivened by the Soviet satellite Sputnik: a completely round case and surprising approach to fix the strap, with 4 horns. Interesting account: these hauls are equivalent to Swatch watches…
The present URWERK UR-102 was created in an extremely restricted creation run and this example is number 12. The 38mm case is tempered steel, with a blue track for the minutes and a coordinating strap. The case is in acceptable condition with slight scratches and the movement is good to go at the hour of classifying and URWERK will offer a free complete development redesign to the purchaser. The assessment for this UR-102 is USD 8,000 – 12,000 and current offer (at distributing time) is USD 7,000. Once more, an incredible chance to purchase a watch infrequently seen on open deal. Recorded here .
The URWERK UR-102 “Black Series”
Probably the most uncommon and boldest of the three watches recorded here – in all trustworthiness, one that I’ve never at any point found in the metal before. In view of a similar case, development and show as the past watch, URWERK chose to give the UR-102 the all black treatment, again a style that will re-surface later on later manifestations of the brand. This URWERK UR-102 “Black Series” is amazingly uncommon, with only 10 pieces delivered. The current model is number 6.
The present URWERK UR-102 “Black Series” is somewhat uncommon as far as materials, as the case is ceramicized, anodized aluminum with platinum case back – a significant abnormal combination. The lash and the moment track are additionally done in black. The case is in acceptable condition with light surface imprints. The dark covering is for the most part in-consideration and gives little indications of wear. The development is ready to rock ‘n roll at the hour of classifying and URWERK will offer a free complete development upgrade to the purchaser. It comes with unique box. The assessment for this UR-102 “Black Series” is USD 8,000 – 12,000 and current offer (at distributing time) is USD 7,500. Recorded here .