URWERK is twenty years old. What better time to go down the memory lane? The UR-105 CT Streamliner takes us on the thrilling ride.
The story started twenty years ago. 22-year-old Felix Baumgartner set foot in New York, where Martin Frei had made his home. The New York of the time was a vibrant cosmopolis. Is it possible to capture that essence in a watch? Turns out…it is. The UR-105 CT Streamliner evokes those very emotions.
URWERK, the brainchild of Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner has finally come to its own. Twenty years in the industry and the brand has created a niche that clearly distinguishes it apart. With the UR-105 CT Streamliner, the brand once again reasserts its unique position in the horological world.
UR-105 CT Streamliner
The unique shape of the watch- that is, the octagon with deep grooves along its length is the very first conspicuous feature that strikes you. The geometric angularity and symmetry alludes to a clear Art Deco inspiration.
To put it in the words of Martin Frei: “The Streamliner has a minimalist design with few frills and clean lines. In the initial drawings, I thought of the Empire State, the Chrysler and the Comcast buildings. That is why it has that vertical structure that seems to go on forever.”
You have to slide the catch on the top of the case to reveal the mechanism of the UR-105 CT. It’s a new wandering hour indication based on an openwork carousel, which carries the four satellites, each bearing three numerals for the hours. The hours successively sweep past the minutes scale for an analogue and digital display of the time.
Why should Streamliner be an apt name for this watch? “The UR-105 CT is a watch with a flexible design. When it is closed, it looks austere, with only the time indication visible. Open the protective cover and you delve into a metallic environment that is quite cold, yet you perceive a notion of speed and an effort at efficiency. The Streamliner’s carousel has been completely redesigned, becoming lighter, stronger and far more effective,” says Felix Baumgartner.
The digital seconds
Another interesting dial-display are the digital seconds. These indicate tens of seconds. The mechanism was made using a photolithographic process, with each marker openworked to make it as light as possible. It thus weighs less than a tenth of a gram.
The UR-105 CT Streamliner indeed welcomes you to a different New York…the one that lives in the hearts and minds of Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei!