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10.10.21 - 10 am Geneva Time, we are announcing our next charity auction, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UR-110 model.
We take great pride in introducing you to the UR-110 'BAKELITE' Unique Piece. The auction taking place on October 15th at 10 am Geneva time on the certified URWERK Pre-Owned website will be open to bids for 48 hours.
What is Bakelite?
Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, better known as Bakelite, is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. The Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland developed it in Yonkers, New York, in 1907.
Its properties made it suited for a wide variety of purposes. For example, it's resistant to heat. It does not conduct electricity, so it is an excellent insulator—which made it particularly useful in the automotive and electrical industries emerging in the early 1900s.
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The majority of the proceeds will go to the Swiss Red Cross charity. Part of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement acting in accordance with its seven Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. The Red Cross help particularly vulnerable and underprivileged individuals and groups because everyone has the same rights and is entitled to their place in society. To learn more about the Red Cross, click here >> https://www.redcross.ch/en
First launched in 2011, the UR-110 was an evolution in design for URWERK, named the Torpedo. It has a satellite-based movement that took the entire team almost two years to develop—consisting of a central carousel providing the mechanism with stability and equilibrium; planetary gearing assuring the parallel rotation of the three-hour satellites and the orbit around the dial. The three counter-rotating hour modules - each comprising an hour satellite, minute hand, and counterbalance - are mounted on a planetary gear. These three modules are in constant counter-rotation to counteract the direction of rotation of the central carousel.
Winner of the 2011 Grand Prix d'Horologerie Design prize, the UR-110 sure turned heads with its asymmetrical case and the three arrow-shaped "torpedoes" flying in formation to indicate the time the UR-110 came with serious attitude. A silent ballet of time from the satellites as they point out the time along a 60-minute track. An "Oil Change" indicator alerts the user when it is time for a service; also equipped with a "Day/Night" indicator to keep track of changing time zones, all visible through the wide panoramic sapphire crystal aperture.
Turn the UR-110 over to see the twin turbines on the back through two portholes, these turbines minimize wear in the automatic winding system.
The UR-110 graced the front covers of multiple major watchmaking magazines and more recently faced evil on the wrist of Marvel Studios Iron Man, the most badass Superhero of them all! Now it is time for its final mission.
This UR-110 Unique Piece features a titanium case and an original bezel made of Bakelite, resembling tortoiseshell brown, smooth and caramel coloured. This highly technical one-off model is the last UR-110 to leave the URWERK workshops.
Now is your chance to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UR-110 by bidding to help raise funds for the Red Cross.
Bidding will start Friday 15.10.2021 at 10 am Geneva time. Please, we invite you to take part and bid responsibly. Remember to bid; you need to create an account first on the URWERK Pre-Owned website. Email updates will be sent to you during the auction to know if you're outbid. We suggest you take advantage of automatic bidding by choosing your highest bid amount to avoid missing out if you're not online. The site will place the minimum bid required to be the highest bidder up to a limit you set.
Bidding will close Sunday 17.10.2021 at 10 am Geneva time.
Felix Baumgartner - "Bakelite was one of the first high-tech materials ever developed. Its properties were and remain multiple and revolutionary. Insulating and heat-resistant, it was present in all everyday objects at the time, from eyeglass frames to radios."
Martin Frei - "The UR-110 was a logical evolution of our creations. We imagined time as a 'silent journey' where the hour satellites make a full rotation of the dial. But it is a velvet revolution; between rotation and counter rotations, the effect is subtle and fluid. Things are happening on the dial that is not obvious at first glance. Everything looks normal; however, in fact, they are everything but."
The UR-110' BAKELITE is one-of-a-kind; this is one of your chances to own an exceptional piece of URWERK history! From all the URWERK team, good luck and happy bidding!
SOLD FOR 120,000 CHF.
*Bid price displayed does not include taxes. This will be payable by the winner upon delivery.
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