Luxury watch maker URWERK has turned to an unlikely source of inspiration when making the URWERK UR-105M. While most watch makers tend to draw ideas from sports or art, The URWERK UR-105M was inspired by knights from the middle ages and their armour.
The UR-105M has a titanium body which is reinforced by steel armour and the watch comes in two versions: the ‘Iron Knight’ with a titanium case and steel bezel and the ‘Dark Knight’ with a titanium case and AITiN-treated steel bezel. The watch has URWERK’S UR 5.01 manual-winding mechanical movement and is water resistant to 30 meters.
The back of the UR-105M has URWERK’s signature ‘Control Board’ which houses additional displays and functions: an ‘Oil Change’ indicator alerting when it is time for a service; 42-hour power reserve indicator; plus the fine-tuning screw allowing adjustment of the rate.
Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder and artistic director, says “The case of UR-105M was developed as an armor. The visible screws on the bezel not only bring a distinctive esthetic to the watch, but also tack the steel armor onto its titanium body. This shield protects the movement (the heart of the watch) from the outside world’s aggressions. For me, the parallel with the chivalrous imagery is obvious. You have the power of the bezel-armor generating a feeling of invincibility.”