Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner is Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner’s way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of their carefully nurtured brand. So if the watch reminds you of some other Urwerks from the past two decades, then you are right.
We started with UR-103.01, which is a super stylish watch with slender vertical lines on the shield. This is also the first watch made in the iconic shape that we now associate with Urwerk without hesitation.
The thing is-and this is why so many modern watches have transparent backs-when people are attracted by what Martin and Felix do for the first time, they want to see the magic of this mechanism and make Urwerk The taste of roaming time becomes possible. The concept of satellite time turning on the carousel.
But, of course, in UR-103.01, its beautifully made shield hides its mechanical devices. Therefore, in late 2005, Martin and Felix continued to create UR-103.03, in which they pulled back the well-known-and literally-shroud, revealing the hidden hour satellites and the four-claw carousel that fixed them. .
It was not until later in 2006 that Urwerk tried to launch a completely open top watch: UR-201. There is no shroud here, only a transparent sapphire crystal glass, most of the mechanical devices of the watch are exposed, which is amazing. For UR-103, we did not receive the same treatment until UR-103T was released in 2008.
To commemorate their 20th anniversary, creating a watch that can trace its must-go journey—from the UR-103.01 in 2003 to the increasingly bold watchmaking industry today—sounds like a daunting task. But you better believe that this is exactly what UR-105 CT Streamliner can do.
First, in its static state, it is very reminiscent of UR-103.01-although it is a more aggressive version with the same vertical lines on the front, they are deeper and wider.
Then you will notice this grooved part of the shield, almost like what you see on the battery box buckle on an electronic device. That is why, you will have to touch it. Press this switch lightly, and the hood will pop out like the hood of a car, exposing the engine inside.
The engine on the UR-105 CT Streamliner-the movement-is usually based on the typical Urwerk caliber, but has some major new features. You can now see the power reserve indicator and running seconds next to the minute track. However, if you are worried that the wandering satellite will cover the power reserve indicator and the number of running seconds as it passes by, don’t worry-the satellite has been skeletonized to solve this problem. When these technical solutions finally increase the overall beauty of the watch, you will love it.
If you ask Martin and Felix about the UR-105 CT Streamliner, they will say that they have put a lot of the city where copy Urwerk was born in their watch: New York City.
In early 1997, Martin had just graduated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design and moved to the Big Apple. When Felix was still in Geneva, these two friends created Urwerk and launched their first watches, UR-101 and UR-102.
As popular as these watches, Urwerk’s early days were also difficult. With doubts and concerns about the brand’s future, Felix decided to join Martin in New York, hoping to get close to each other and find new vitality and inspiration for their next watch. This fake watch is under a lot of pressure, because in any case, it will determine their fate.
Look, about five years later, New York finally became their biggest source of inspiration, which gave birth to UR-103.01. The rest is history-although only 20 years of value, there will be more in the future.
Technical specifications: URWERK UR-105 CT Streamliner
Automatic winding UR 5.03, the system is controlled by twin turbines; walking hours with minutes, digital seconds and power reserve indicator; 48 hours power reserve
UR-105 CT titanium and mirror polished steel or black titanium and PVD coated steel; width 39.5mm; length: 53mm; thickness: 17.3mm; waterproof depth up to 30m