Now it has gone blue, with the new UR-100V “Blue Planet” in a blue PVD steel case with a blue PVD sandblasted steel crown, and a titanium case back. The case dimensions remain the same – 49.7mm long x 41mm wide x 14mm thick, with water resistance of 30m.
Along with the blue exterior, colour extends to the movement, almost all of which, including the orbital carousel, satellite hour display and rotor, are matte blue. You’ll also note some screws in blued titanium, which have a familial touch that is line with the familial link story that came with the first UR-100 – the method of flame-bluing derives from Felix Baumgartner’s father, who used Corsican sand in his process.
In contrast with the dominance of one colour, there is the use of fluorescent yellow and green on the arrowhead (which URWERK are calling a ‘shooting star’), and of course there Super-LumiNova on the hours and minutes hands.
To recap how the watch works, for those who are unfamiliar with it – using the brand’s orbital satellite hours and minute ‘hands’ with an open-worked carousel, the UR-100 series displays both time (hours and minutes) and space (distance travelled). However, rather than what we are all familiar with i.e. the minute pointers on the hour satellites disappearing after 60 minutes to be followed by the next, the minute arrow passes beneath and between the subsidiary indications, reappearing to display the distance travelled on Earth, and distance travelled by Earth. The indications are orbital hours; minutes, distance travelled on Earth’s equator in 20 minutes, distance Earth travels around the sun in 20 minutes.
The first indicator at 10 o’clock relates to the distance in kilometres and is based on the average speed of the rotation of the Earth on its axis at the equator, covering a distance of 555 km every 20 minutes. At 2 o’clock there is the indicator for the distance travelled by Earth whilst orbiting around the sun every 20 minutes.
Making all this happen for the first four UR-100s was the automatic Calibre 12.01. However, the UR-100V Iron used a modified version movement, the automatic Calibre 12.02, beating at 28,800 VPH and with a power reserve of 48 hours. It featured a redesigned carousel, with the hours closer to the minutes. The Calibre 12.02 is also the movement for this new model. The satellite hour carousel is Aluminium, and the plate, rotor, turbine, and planet carrier all have blue PVD treatment. Finishing includes sandblasting, micro-beading, and perlage.
Coming on a blue canvas strap with a blue buckle, the RRP of the new limited edition (twenty-five pieces) UR-100V “Blue Planet is CHF 48,000 (excluding taxes), the same price as the aforementioned UR-100V Iron from last year.
[Photo credit: URWERK]