When taking a gander at the autonomous watchmaking scene, no two watchmaking companies could be more unique than Laurent Ferrier and URWERK . One is the pith of elegance , of customs and of top of the line, hand-completed the process of watchmaking. The other is the actual meaning of intense imagination, cutting edge show and modern plan . Who might have envisioned that one day, the two would work together to make a watch? In any case, similar to the case with attractive fields, opposites are inclined toward one another. Also, the outcome, which will be auctioned at Only Watch 2017 , is a staggering exceptional piece made by Laurent Ferrier and URWERK, named the Arpal One.
This watch is neither a Laurent Ferrier watch nor a URWERK, yet the marks of the two firms show up on its back and, shockingly, the DNA of each production is plainly noticeable throughout. The existence of this unexpected watch makes no sense since it is the joint effort of two watchmaking companies who couldn’t be more extraordinary. Each bases its character on far edges of watchmaking’s expressive range. On one side we have Laurent Ferrier, an ex-Patek representative, who has given his chance to making the absolute generally exemplary and conventional pieces you could envision. On the opposite side is URWERK, a brand that is characterized by its extraordinary satellite complication and its science fiction roused plans. Also, in spite of the fact that suprising, the consequence of their efforts is a dazzling piece, consolidating the plan of Ferrier into URWERK’s extraordinarily present day approach of watchmaking.
Basically, the thought is straightforward: take the general shape and development of a URWERK UR-105 TA , give a pencil to Laurent Ferrier and let the sorcery show up. While the UR-105 is an advanced watch, with a case formed like a Star-Wars shield, the Laurent Ferrier/Urwerk cooperation piece Arpal One is planned with bends and prolonged lines, and nearly aerodynamical shapes. These liquid lines are enlivened by Laurent’s energy for vehicles (recall that he dashed at the 24h of Le Mans), and the watch “is like smoothed out coachwork, liquid and with no attack against the eye.” The case, while imparting a general likeness to other URWERK manifestations – in terms of extents and curvature – feels more elevated, more extended, more old style as it were, without losing the innovation of URWERK. Laurent Ferrier has added to this watch his mark, by bringing class and refinement.
Such a plan requested an extraordinary material and the Laurent Ferrier/Urwerk Arpal One is made in an unexpectedly present day amalgam: ARPAL+, which has been specifically produced for this exceptional watch. It consists of 75% valuable metals and opposes wear and scratches better compared to white gold or steel. Its tone never blurs, nor does it oxidize. This combination was first created for the gadgets business where it is greatly valued for its solidarity and on the grounds that it is effectively worked. For this watch, this composite has been totally cleaned (something that can be seen on all LF watches), with no sharp points. The crown, put sensibly at 12, additionally shows a more bended shape.
On the opposite side is a development and show, inseparable from URWERK. While the case is about class and delicate quality, the innards of the Laurent Ferrier/Urwerk Arpal One are textured, sharp and current. The Arpal One depends on the meandering hours and satellite complication utilized in the UR-105. The time is appeared by four satellites, each bearing three hour numerals, which progressively clear past the track of minutes. The satellites turn on a shrouded carrousel, at the core of the progressive entry of the hours. The development has programmed twisting, with the mark twofold turbine to govern the winding. On this event, the showcase has been done in a more inconspicuous monochromatic scheme.
Overall, this Laurent Ferrier/Urwerk Arpal One is the most invigorating shock of Only Watch 2017 to date. Who might have envisioned that these two firms, restricted on so numerous parts of watchmaking, might have made a particularly exquisite, present day and imaginative watch?
Technical Specifications – Laurent Ferrier X Urwerk Arpal One for Only Watch 2017
- Case: Width 40,9mm, length: 60,8mm, stature: 20,7mm – Arpal+ compound, cleaned – sapphire gem on the dial side – 30m water resistant
- Movement: Self-winding UR5.03 represented by a twofold turbine – Satellite hours turned on Geneva crosses – 28,800v/h recurrence – 48 hours power hold – Wandering hours, minutes
- Strap: Sand-hued calfskin, hand sewed with coordinating thread
- Piece Unique for Only Watch