Continuing to previews of the one-of-a-kind watches to be auctioned for Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction, today we look at the Urwerk UR-103 Phoenix. The uniquely designed watch comes in a white gold case, hand-decorated by master engraver and artist Jean-Vincent Huguenin.
The rotating satellite complication is the heart and soul of the 103 series of watches. The time on the UR-103 Phoenix is indicated by the orbiting hour satellites as they pass the arc of the minutes. The slanting sides of the hour satellites ensure an unencumbered view of the time without turning the wrist – even while driving – while bold SuperLumiNova provides excellent visibility by both day and night. High-tech grade 2 titanium is used extensively throughout the satellite complication including in the construction of the orbital cross and the Geneva crosses.
The Control Board on the back of the 103 features the following indications and functions: the Chrono Meter with its dual 15 minute and seconds dial for maximum precision when setting of time, the 36 hour Power Reserve indicator, a Fine Tuning screw which allows the user the possibility of adjusting the watch’s timing +/- 30 seconds per day.
- Calibre: UR 3.03 manually wound
- Balance: Monometallic
- Frequency: 21,600v/h, 3Hz
- Power reserve: 36 hours, single mainspring barrel
- Surface finishes: Circular-grained and rhodium-plated baseplate; chamfered and polished screw heads
- Material: White gold, back in titanium
- Dimensions: 50mm x 36mm x 13.5mm
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Water resistance: Pressure tested to 3ATM/30m
- Surface finishes: Polished case; Hand engraving; Back PECVD (Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition) treated
- Back: Control board in titanium with Power-reserve indicator; 15-minute and 60-second dials for precise time setting
- Surface finishes: Sandblasted and satin-finished carousel; circular graining; Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition; Luminous hours and minutes scale