Saturday, January 21, 2017

URWERK UR-106 Flower Power

The UR-106 Flower Power is a New Year gift from URWERK which celebrates 20th anniversary. Produced in a limited edition of only 11 pieces, this timepiece is a perfect example of poetic mechanical jewellery: a happy marriage between steel and diamond, technique and gentleness, manual dexterity and mechanical precision.

The UR-106 Flower Power casing houses no fewer than 239 Top Wesselton quality diamonds making a total of 2.53 carats (crown included). Its execution was supervised by the house of Magnin located in Geneva, who have specialised in watchmaking assembly since 1959.
Run a piece of fine silk over this part encrusted with diamonds and the fabric slides smoothly over the casing. This is the cruellest and most uncompromising of tests, which the UR-106 Flower Power passes with flying colours. The effort, the hours of work, must be imperceptible. The gemstones fit neatly into the material. They are not constrained, but held in place, highlighted in the hollow of the metal.
Added to this decorative work on the casing is the beautiful workmanship carried out on the UR-106 Flower Power carousel itself.   A Lotus flower acts as a pivot to the satellite indication of this UR-106.  A delicate flower that houses no fewer than 30 diamonds, all adapted to fit by the expert hand of the jeweller. The only indication that this is a technical as well as an anaesthetic item is hidden in the heart of the motif, a watch screw with a perfect finish. Three ornaments in gold and diamonds complete this bucolic picture. Each is composed of five mounted petals; they fit delicately in between the hour satellites. These three flowers are like a pause in this perpetually-moving carousel. Flowers that the watchmaker gently affixes to his mechanism, ensuring a fragile balance.

This indication of the wandering hours, so dear to URWERK, consists of three satellites, each one carrying 4 indexes. One after another, they parade along the path of the minutes, showing the time in both analogue and digital fashion. A phase of the moon completes the UR-106 dial.

Technical details
Model: UR-106 Flower Power - Limited edition 11 copies

Movement
Calibre: UR 6.01 self-winding, 48 hours of reserve power
Finishes: Beading, sanding, satin-finishing & Bevelled screw heads
   
Dial   
Central flower in white gold set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.184 ct); 3 small flowers in white gold set with 6 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.522 ct)
Sanded and satin-finished platinum
Hour satellites and carousel in titanium sanded and satin-finished by hand
Serrated minute track
Phases of the moon
Handed-painted hour and minute indications - SuperLuminova

Indications   
Hour satellite; minutes, lunar phases
   
Case   
Materials: UR-106 Flower Powersteel casing and diamond set titanium crown
Dimensions:    Width 35 mm; length: 49.4 mm; thickness: 14.45 mm
Glass:    Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressure tested to 30 m / 3 ATM

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