While it isn’t always the case that competing watch brands are friendly with one another, it most certainly is the case with high-end independent brands MB&F and Urwerk. The cooperation between two of the world’s most innovative watch brands is unique and the result is simply awesome! C3H5N3O9 Experiment ZR012 Watch, the name itself gives you idea, that it is some different and unique watch.
The watch was inspired by the Wankel engine, which features orbital Releaux polygon rotors rather than the reciprocating pistons that power the majority of our cars and machines today. For car lovers, the Wankel concept is used in Mazda’s RX-8 rotary engines.
The principles uses a sort of triangular engine rotor that moves in an eccentric pattern. C3H5N3O9 takes two of these rotor style discs on top of one another to indicate the minutes and hours along linear paths. Its like a Wankel sandwich with watch gears in the middle. While the movement and design is brand new, it follows the same basic concept Urwerk uses in most of their watches to indicate the time. The movement is manually wound with a 39 hour power reserve, and power reserve indicator displayed on the rear of the watch case. Other amenities include a 60 component titanium case with zirconium lugs, 42 jewel movement and water-resistance up to 30 meters.
Right now there will be just one model in two versions. The watches are called the Experiment ZR012 and RG012. They are the same watch but with a zirconium or 18k red gold case. The Experiment ZR012 will be limited to just twelve pieces for 2012, at a price of $115,500. Next year, there will be an additional twelve pieces made, this time in red gold, and that will be the entire production – no black editions, no collaborations with Chinese artists, just 24 pieces and out.
The ZR012 is sold exclusively through the C3H5N3O9 website, and the first pieces will be ready for delivery in just 2-3 weeks!