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Review: Urwerk UR-T8

The first reversible Urwerk.
by Chester Lau on February 11, 2017
Positives

Interesting, fun and attention grabbing (which could be a bad thing for some). The satellite and planets time display is still as awesome, although we find the previous 110 and 210 models superior in mechanical animation.

Negatives

Some may find the reverso feature too gimmicky. Not to mention the reduced wearability from the size of the watch.

URWERK celebrates its 20th birthday with a new watch. The UR-T8. Cased in Titanium, the watch is sized slightly larger than the previous cases, and with a new reversible case mechanism. 

 

URWERK’s UR-T8 with a flip-over case in Grade 5 titanium.

 

Not unlike the reverso concept, the UR-T8 can be unlocked from the case at the depression of a pusher. It can then be flipped over to its caseback side, shaped like a titanium shield.

 

The odd shaped watch measures 60.23mm X 48.35mm X 20.02mm.

 

The URWERK UR-T8 bears the usual accomplices with the bull head type large crown, unconventional case design, and futuristic theme. Its time display is represented by a satellite complication with rotating hours modules mounted on planetary gears.

 

Similar to the reverso concept, the watch case can be flipped on its housing.

 

The mystery object on the wrist: As if the dial side wasn’t intriguing enough, the caseback offers a stealthy diamond cut finish, in the shape of a shield.

 

The Urwerk UR-T8 is powered by the selfwinding UR 8.01 movement, a single barrel 50 hour power reserve movement that beats at 28,800v/h. The time display is unique to URWERK, and can be said to be instantly recognizable. Set with 12 hours in groups of four on a three-armed carousel, the hour numerals sweep across the scale of 60 minutes to show the time both digitally and analogically.

 

The watch uses the Selfwinding UR 8.01, a single barrel 50 hour power reserve movement that beats at 28,800v/h.

 

It is the biggest and most elaborate carousel configuration yet applied by URWERK, with each arm supporting a satellite carousel bearing the four hour numerals.

Read also:   Review: Patek Philippe 5370 Split Seconds Chronograph

Another technical feature unique to URWERK is the pneumatic control of the selfwinding system. A gilded spinning vane connected to the winding rotor absorbs any sudden and violent movements of the rotor without compromising its winding efficiency.

 

The odd shape on the wrist, cased in titanium and known as the UR-T8.

 

In the words of URWERK’s designer and co-founder, Martin Frei, “the UR-T8 features all the characteristics that we have made our own: the huge crown, the organically shaped sapphire-crystal glass, the textured case that invites your touch, a strong personality and a recognisable visual signature.”

The UR-T8 is available in an initial series of 60 watches in natural titanium or with a black PVD coating. It retails at S$176,800, including GST.

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