Some may see Urwerk as a watch brand that foresees the future while others may consider it a watchmaker that delivers esoteric collections. Whatever the perspective may be, the fact of the matter is Urwerk continues to present watch geeks with quirky time-viewing experiences. Ever since the release of its UR-100 SpaceTime watch in 2019, the indie watchmaker has established itself as a premier brand insofar as wandering hours and satellite indications are concerned. At the ongoing Geneva Watch Days 2023, the manufacturer has released the new UR-100V Stardust watch, with production limited to 10 pieces per year. The latest timepiece can be considered a sequel to the UR-100VMagic T that the brand released in April this year.
This 49.7 mm timepiece gets snow-set with 400 brilliant-cutdiamonds on the case and the bezel; the case middle is made of steel and there is a steel crown at 12 o’clock. The new UR-100V watch not only features the signature wandering hours mechanism, but it also has a kilometre counter, representing the distance travelled by Earth on its own axis in 20 minutes (i.e. 555 km) and another counter showing the distance travelled by Earth around the sun during the same period (i.e. 35,740 km). In this way, the UR-100V Stardust watch traces Earth's journey in space.
Under the UR-100V Stardust's crystal globe, there is a minute scale, located on the upper part of the railway-type track, which is studded with 36 diamonds, painted in Super-LumiNova®. Another 24 diamonds adorn the watch crown that controls the whole movement. Also, the minutes scale, located on the upper part of the railway-type track, features 36 diamonds. The minute markers are designed in such a way that they show a crooked smile! The satellite hours are made of beryllium-bronze with Geneva crosses.
Powering this watch is the self-winding UR 12.02 movement, governed by a Windfänger airscrew, regulated by Urwerk’s Planetary Turbine Automatic System, offering 48 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the titanium and sapphire caseback. Governed by a Windfänger airscrew, the movement is attached to a bidirectional rotor, which keeps the rotor from reaching high speeds and protects it from wear and tear, if the watch is worn daily. The Urwerk UR-100V Stardust also gets a Baltimore blue fabric strap, coupled with a short blasted pin buckle in steel, enhanced by two rows comprising 11 diamonds each.