It is certainly imposing; a watch with a covering like a dinosaur’s scale; a rather predatory aesthetic that demands attention. The three-dimensionally textured case in black and bronze features soft-edged spikes that catches the glint of light when reflected upon. All these are bead-blasted and micro-blasted to achieve perfection, in the goal of achieving a perfect patina. Thus, Urwerk‘s T-Rex certainly roars with a loud arrival, with its irregular dial and truly breathtaking mechanical complications.

The watchmaker dubs this as a “measuring instrument that has made its way through time and space.” It is a reminder of how humans recognize time just by looking at the shadows–just as how the Sumerians did back in 2000 BC. Today, timekeeping is done at one’s convenience, and sometimes, pleasure. UR T-Rex represents both by creating an archaic looking watch that showcases satellite hours; something rarely, or perhaps, not yet seen in any of today’s watches. There are no numerals in the dial, only digits found at the bottom edge of the face. This features four satellites bearing three-hour numerals, parading past the minute rail.

This is not a digital watch. Urwerk successfully develops this model after years of immersing the brand into a fast-forward engineering of modern day complications. Inside the watch is a carousel tucked under the satellite structure, quietly powering up the movement efficiently and accurately. Initially, satellites were constructed on a Maltese cross topped with an orbital cross. Over time, refinements were made, and the present-day construction reveals the brand’s genius towards irregularly beautiful haute hologerie.

Urwerk is a young luxury watch company, only established in 1997. It is lauded as a pioneer in the independent watchmaking scene, sticking to its values of producing limited-edition, yet truly artisan timepieces. Exploring beyond the traditional techniques and aesthetics, Urwerk breaks walls to achieve creative freedom, touching history and cultures to engineer never-been-seen-before watches the modern day enthusiasts will surely admire.

Specifications:

  • 5.02 UR automatic winding, double turbine
  • 48-hr Power Reserve
  • 4Hz Frequency
  • 30m Water Resistance
  • Satellite hours’ indication in beryllium bronze
  • Carousel & triple main plates in ARCAP
  • Orbital structure in polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • 52 jewels
  • Sapphire crystal case with hand-patinated bronze
  • Case back in black PVD titanium

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