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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 65

    Urwerk. A large, rare and unusual black PVD-coated titanium limited edition electro-mechanical wristwatch with power reserve, precision indicator and box

    SIGNED URWERK, BLACK EMC MODEL, NO. 9/55, CASE NO. Z13-132, CIRCA 2014

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    Urwerk. A large, rare and unusual black PVD-coated titanium limited edition electro-mechanical wristwatch with power reserve, precision indicator and box
    Signed Urwerk, Black EMC Model, no. 9/55, case no. Z13-132, circa 2014
    MOVEMENT: electro-mechanical, cal. UR-EMC, 30 jewels
    DIAL: four black sectioned dials for hours and minutes, constant seconds, 80 hour power reserve and precision indicator
    CASE: large UR-EMC case, round push button to activate the precision indicator and folding handle to generate power for the precision indicator in the band, large crown at 6 o'clock, push button on the back to set, sapphire crystal display back secured by four screws, 43.5 mm. wide
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: large Urwerk black titanium buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Urwerk metal setting pin, spare crocodile leather strap, Owner's Manual, presentation box and outer packaging


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    The present "Black EMC" wristwatch is number 9 of the limited edition of only 55 numbered examples of the model, launched in 2014. Consigned by an important private collector it is furthermore preserved in close to new overall condition.

    The electro mechanical control or EMC movement was result of about 6 years of research and development. Mixing mechanical timekeeping with a digital accuracy checking device allows the wearer to check the accuracy of the watch at any given moment, without having to connect the timepiece to an external machine or any other testing apparatus.

    It is the world’s first fully-integrated mechanical watch with built in ‘artificial intelligence’. Changes in position and temperature, as well as shocks, can all adversely affect the isochronism (timing regularity) of a wristwatch. But thanks to EMC’s unique and pioneering monitoring unit, not only can the wearer obtain the precise timing rate on demand, they can then use that information to accurately adjust the precision of their watch to suit their own personal rhythm.

    The ingenious “Black EMC” was awarded the “Mechanical exception” and “Innovation” prizes at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in October 2014.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Lots 65 & 66: The Property of an Important Private Collector