8 May
Swiss timepiece featuring sand-blasted matte black platinum

Swiss watchbuilders Urwerk update their UR-110 model with a matte black and red colorway dubbed the PTH. The headturning timepiece hides a secret under its dark, sandblasted matte black robe however: it is actually made of platinum. Urwerk pioneered the process of matting platinum with their UR-103 Blackbird back in 2006, and the UR-110 PTH is the latest watch to undergo the process. As can be seen by simply glancing at the watch, all UR-110 models also feature a very unique movement:

“The architecture of the revolving satellite complication of the UR-110 has three levels of complexity: a central carousel providing the mechanism with stability and equilibrium; planetary gearing assuring the parallel rotation of the three hour satellites as they orbit the dial; and three counter-rotating hour modules – each comprising an hour satellite, minute hand and counter balance – mounted on a planetary gear. These three modules are in constant counter-rotation to counteract the direction of rotation of the central carousel. Small seconds, a Day/Night indicator and an Oil Change indicator complete the complications.”

Launched in 1995 by brothers Felix and Thomas Baumgartner, Urwerk was named after the city in which the concept of time keeping was first seen (Ur, in Sumeria) and Werk, the German word for work, or create. Fitting for such a stunning timepiece. No word yet on price, but you know it won’t be cheap.

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