Satellite prism for hours and minutes.
For about two and a half years, Urwerk, along with a few other independent watchmakers, has been at the forefront of time.
Although the 3D satellite cube hour has always been its iconic complication, Urwerk continues to improve its mechanical structure, resulting in similar futuristic watches, such as the UR-111C, which has a linear time display on a rotating drum. Its latest invention may be the brand’s most notable invention since the satellite cube display debuted.
As the successor to UR-111C, UR-112 Aggregat retains the same form as its predecessor, and continues to display hours and minutes in a pair of glass cylinders. But UR-112 is more complicated, the hours and minutes are indicated by a rotating prism. Its case is aggressive and military, reminiscent of the tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight movie.
Since the UR-112 is part of the Special Project Collection—the models in which are basically one-off production runs—it is out of touch with Urwerk’s recent trend toward slimmer, streamlined designs.
UR-112 is a fascinating example of watchmaking and a typical representative of Urwerk. The important thing is that it is impressive but unpretentious-it does not replicate the design of the past, nor does it attempt to become fashionable.
UR-112 is known for its fully digitized time display. It indicates the hours and minutes through a satellite prism, while the second hand is a simple, continuously rotating disc with numbers attached to it.
Undeniably, the UR-112 can be said to be simpler than the benchmark digital watch-they are all classic types-most notably the Lange Zeitwerk with constant force mechanism. But UR-112 is still extremely complicated, presenting it in an avant-garde way.
even if compared with Urwerk’s high-end timepieces and even the previous UR-111, its price is still lower than the original Special Project model, the 2009 UR-CC1 “King Cobra”. 3. UR-112 is undoubtedly the most complicated in terms of mechanics and style.
Spinning and jumping cubes
The hours and minutes are displayed in two sapphire cylinders on the lower front of the case. These cylinders are separated by a spine. This design detail is inspired by the grille of the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic coupe.
On the left is the hour, indicated by four prisms around the central axis, each prism is composed of three faces with hour numbers.
The four prisms rotate around the central axis once every four hours, and each prism rotates around its own axis once every 12 hours. In other words, continuous hours are displayed by different prisms, and 12 hours requires three cycles, which means that a whole day is six cycles.
It is worth noting that the hour display jumps at the top of the hour, which will make the observation interesting given the three-dimensionality of the prism. watches on discount
The hour prism is driven by the minute and is also indicated by the four prism holders. The prism displays the minutes in five-minute increments, and a more accurate reading is displayed on the scale on the right side of the prism. Unlike jumping time, the minute indicator keeps scrolling.
Finally, there is a small seconds display on the right side panel of the case, opposite the power reserve indicator. The small second hand is traditional, replacing the traditional second hand with a ten-digit dial.
All of this is housed in a symmetrical case with a hinged lid, which covers all displays except hours and minutes, hiding less important information such as seconds and power reserve display.
UR-112 polymer “two-color” version
Case diameter: 43 mm x 51 mm
Height: 16 mm
Material: PVD coated titanium
Waterproof performance: 30 m
Features: satellite prism time jump, satellite prism minute, second and power reserve
Frequency: 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Strap: fabric with pin buckle