At URWERK, there are recurring themes. The first and main one is that unique display, based on the satellite wandering-hours indication, which has defined most of the brand’s watches for now over 20 years. Another one is the combination of black case and bright coloured indexes. With the brand’s latest creation, the URWERK UR-105 CT Kryptonite (a variation around an already existing watch, the Streamliner), Luminosity is at centre stage.
The URWERK UR-105 CT itself isn’t a true novelty, as it already exists in two variations – one with a nude titanium and steel case featuring white accents and a black PVD-coated version with the signature bright (almost neon) yellow accents. Both versions of this NYC-inspired, slightly art-deco and targa-like watch were utterly URWERK in style and function, colours included. Today, the brand comes with a new edition of the UR-105 CT, nicknamed “Kryptonite” – and that’s a watch to bring the light when darkness surrounds.
This new version is basically just a colour variation of the existing models, at least in daylight conditions. Case, design and movement are entirely equal to the previous versions of the URWERK UR-105 CT. Thus, we find back the shield-like case that was introduced on the 2 first UR-105 models, with the crown positioned at 12 o’clock and relatively wearable dimensions (on the contrary of several other URWERK watches, you can even consider wearing the 105 as a daily watch… if you dare). Main novelty for the CT version was the re-introduction of the targa look, with a hinged protective cover on top of the watch that allows partially viewing the time display when closed and to have the mechanics at full display when opened. It somehow reminded us of various editions of the beloved 103.
The “hunter case” of the UR-105 CT Kryptonite uses again the clean, minimalistic design inspired by skyscrapers, with vertical grooves on the cover. On this new edition, the founders even claim that this sombre look was meant to remind “Gotham City”. The case is made of titanium, coated with deep black AlTiN all around. The fabric strap also relies on this non-colour to create a stealth, dark look. When closed, this watch is almost pitch black, to the exception of the hour numeral and minute track, which are here coated in white – main difference with the UR-105 CT already introduced last year.
As for the movement, nothing changed either compared to previous versions, with its wandering hours running over a 60-minute scale, and the signature automatic winding with two pneumatic turbines on the back to governing the self-winding rate, which can be set with a lever in FULL position, in STOP position or in RED (for reduced) position. The updates seen on the previous UR-105 CT are also present here: fully opened carrousel, lighter and more aerial base-plate, addition of a digital second on the left of the time display, and a power reserve sits on the opposite side.
However, the URWERK UR-105 CT Kryptonite has a second face, when darkness rises. From a rather clean and monochromatic watch, night brings a much bolder to life, as an intense green light emits from the hour markers, the minute track and a blue light glows on the second indicator and the power reserve. The contrast between the matt, AlTiN-coated case and the vivid phosphorescence of the numerals is definitely cool. And of course, this phosphorescence is even stronger when the hinged cover is opened!
The URWERK UR-105 CT Kryptonite will join the collection next to the two inaugural pieces and will retail for the same price, meaning CHF 65,000 (before taxes). more detail at urwerk.com.
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