Urwerk founders Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner introduced its latest breakthrough creation, the TimeHunter X-Ray, a limited edition of 15 watches. Housed in titanium with black steel PVD case measuring 43mm x 51mm x 15.8mm, it has double sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30 meters. Inside is the Calibre UR-EMC designed and manufactured by Urwerk; It has a Swiss lever escapement, ARCAP P40 linear balance with a optical reader balance wheel, beating at 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 80 hours.
“We have perfected one of the most reliable way of regulating a 100% mechanical watch by making mechanics intelligent,” explains watchmaker Felix Baumgartner, co-founder of URWERK. The intelligence comes from the interactive dialogue that links the watch to its owner. “In the EMC TimeHunter we have conceived and developed a purposefully accurate movement with an unusual balance-wheel and twin mainspring barrels for a constant power output,” he adds. “We then grafted on to this mechanism an electric monitor that tells the owner how his watch is performing. With this information, he can effectively control his EMC, adjusting it to the second. Our EMC TimeHunter relies on the mechanical movement that we have designed and built in our workshops; the function of the electronic module is to challenge its performance in real time and provide the most accurate information possible.”
“Simply by pressing a button you get accurate and reliable information on the timekeeping status of your EMC TimeHunter, hitherto only available from a professional,” Felix Baumgartner explains. “Thanks to this system, you can safely interact with one of the most exhilarating mechanisms invented by man — the mechanical watch.”
The extremely limited edition Urwerk TimeHunter X-Ray is priced at 125,000 CHF (approx. $128,750USD). For more info, visit Urwerk’s website.