URWERK, UR-102 "GAÏA"
URWERK, UR-102 "GAÏA"
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URWERK, UR-102 "GAÏA"

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URWERK, UR-102 "GAÏA"
Model name: UR-102 "GAÏA"
Case: Case middle and lugs in anodised aluminium; Screw-down caseback in circular satin-brushed platinum; Gaïa logo filled with glittering hand-applied blue lacquer
Calibre: UR-102
Bracelet: Black Baltimora
Dimensions: Diameter: 38mm / Thickness: 12mm / Lugs: 16mm
Specificities: This UR-102 is unique in many ways. It is undoubtedly one of the first watch creations to honour a mixed-genre approach merging the common metal aluminium with the nobility of platinum.
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This lot is offered without reserve.

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Lot Essay

This UR-102 is unique in many ways. Its full, round shape is seamlessly smooth. Framed by precious platinum, the caseback features an interpretation of the Gaïa prize, a dazzling flight of fancy symbolising URWERK’s unswerving resolve to reach for the stars.

It is an iconic model, jealously safeguarded until now at the heart of the watch Maison, since it marks the beginning of the URWERK adventure in the 1990s. The foundation stone.

A watch of almost disconcerting simplicity, with a wandering hour as its only marker of time. The UR-102. This one-of-a-kind model in asphalt-coloured anodised aluminium with a platinum caseback has been newly enhanced with a midnight blue lacquer.

HISTORY OF THE BRAND
“We don’t try to bring out new versions of existing complicated mechanisms,” explains watchmaker Felix Baumgartner, co-founder of URWERK. “Our watches are unique because they are all designed as original works, which makes them rare and priceless. Our main aim is to go beyond the traditional horizons of watchmaking.” The original styling of each URWERK model is signed by chief designer Martin Frei, the company’s other co-founder. “I come from a background where creativeness has no limits. I am in no way prisoner of the traditional constraints of watchmaking, and I can therefore be freely inspired by my cultural heritage.” Although URWERK is a young company established in 1997, it is recognised as one of the forerunners of the new wave of fine watchmaking. Producing just 150 watches a year, the company sees itself as a craftsman’s studio where traditional expertise coexists with avant-garde styling. The company manufactures modern and complex watches that are unprecedented and in keeping with the most demanding criteria of fine watchmaking: independent design and research, advanced materials and handcrafted finishes.

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