New URWERK UR-112 Aggregat
Featuring jumping digital hours, running minutes and secret seconds in a streamlined case, the latest creation from replica Urwerk watches Special Projects Lab has the air of a fabulous Bugatti Atlantic.
Few brands can beat URWERK's creativity, ingenuity and technical wizardry when it comes to novel ways of representing time. Since 1997, master watchmaker Felix Baumgartner and artistic director Martin Frei have made modern adaptations of displays, such as walking hours and retrograde minutes to represent the past Time for. Today, Urwerk's Special Projects collection welcomes the new UR-112 Aggregat, a compendium of sophistication, technicality and radical design. Unlike the brand's signature drifting hours, the UR-112 is equipped with a dual flying turntable with jumping triangular prisms, bringing you digital hours and minutes in a novel and typical 3D Urwerk format. The sleek black and grey titanium case hides the seconds hand under a hunter-style case.
COMPLEX DESIGN OF UR-112 AGGREGAT
Aggregat, officially known as UR-112, refers to the way in which a watch aggregates disparate elements into a whole. "The inspiration for this UR-112 Aggregat," Frei explained, "was many and scattered. The Bugatti Atlantic's grille is most evident. A great car, with a contrasting spine that emphasizes absolute symmetry." Interestingly, he should mention the rare Bugatti Atlantic, a beautiful car built by Ettore Bugatti inspired by his early 1935 Bugatti Aerolith concept. Combined with its streamlined body, the 1936 Bugatti Atlantic was constructed from aluminum, a lightweight material designed to increase speed. The curvaceous and aerodynamic Bugatti Atlantic has a seam running along the central body to enhance its symmetry, and a vertical grille with speed lines that were often seen in the mid-1930s On objects made during the Streamline Moderne period.replica McLaren watches
Like the Atlantic, the UR-112 Aggregat exhibits a streamlined fuselage with elegantly rounded curves. Like the Atlantic, it's made from a lightweight material, titanium, and even features a central seam that runs through the case from one end to the other. The dimensions of the case (42mm wide x 51mm long x 16mm thick) do not reveal the complex structure of the case made of black and gunmetal PVD-coated titanium. Viewed from the wrist, the rounded rectangular body of the case displays the hours and minutes horizontally (sort of like a driver's watch), and tapers and gradually reduces its height. Even the back of the case has central seams, which become floating lugs when it reaches the end of the case.
The digital hour and minute indications are housed in two cylindrical sapphire crystal containers separated by an intermediate seam. On the left is the digital hour display; on the right is the minute. Each indication relies on triangular prisms that move in sharp, precise jumps, almost like old airport flap (Solari) displays (without truncating numbers). All 12-hour numerals and minutes advancing in 5-minute intervals are engraved on the prism and filled with Super-LumiNova luminous material that glows blue in the dark. The operation of the jumping hour display is driven by advancing minutes. At the 60th minute, the force accumulated during the first 3,600 seconds is used to change the hour.replica Felipe Massa watches
To view the seconds hand, however, the Hunter case must be raised using the two lateral pushers on the side of the case. The hinged titanium bonnet features a horizontal speed line that echoes the Bugatti Atlantic's grille and displays a digital seconds display, also calibrated at 5-second intervals. Etched on a thin silicon disc of a micro-wafer, the tiny figures on the right advance under a magnifying glass and are framed by bright red plaques with white arrows. Perfectly symmetrical, the left side of the watch has a power reserve indicator, the only analog display on the UR-112 Aggregat.
Although this watch weighs only 25.2 grams, it is a heavyweight mechanical prodigy with 8 titanium planetary gears. To transmit the power needed to jump the hours, minutes and seconds, the UR-112 Aggregat relies on a long, thin rod, called a cardan shaft, that horizontally spans the central area between the seconds hand and the power reserve gauge. Although it's hidden in the seams, the driveshaft has dual gears - one at each end - and transmits all the energy it needs through a complex set of gears and cogs.replica Jacob Co. ASTRONOMIA SOLAR watches
As Felix Baumgartner explains: "We power all of the UR-112's displays and mechanisms from a single energy source. This power is rarely distributed, some even 'cycled', so from the digital seconds at the top of the dial to the dragged minutes and In contrast to extreme jump hours, each display received precisely the required dose of energy."
Despite the aggressive construction, this watch has a very traditional finish, with round and straight grain, Côtes de Genève and polished screw heads.
Technical Specifications – URWERK UR-112 AGGREGAT
Case: 42mm wide x 51mm long x 16mm thick - PVD coated titanium with matte grey and black finishes - Hunter style titanium hinged cover - Pusher on strap to unlock cover - 30m water resistance
Displays: Digital jumping seconds and minutes displayed on a triangular prism inside a transparent sapphire crystal cylinder - Hours and minutes engraved on the prism and filled with Super-LumiNova - Digital jumping seconds and analog power reserve displayed under the hinged hood
Movement: Caliber UR 13.01 - Automatic - 28,800vph - Flat hairspring - 48 hours power reserve - Beating digital hours, moving digital minutes and seconds, power reserve