Urwerk is an independent watchmaker who manufactures less than 150 pieces per year, and therefore each model is available in very limited numbers.
Due to such a low production volume to manufacture entirely new timepieces at Urwerk – the old models must be discontinued. This is not such a bad thing in an industry that tends to produce way too many referrals per brand. The management and marketing of excessive SKUs can lead to reduced efficiency and profitability which in turn can be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices, and perhaps worse than anything if the watches do not turn quickly enough, discounts are often applied which ultimately reduces the resale value of the watch.
Fortunately, with minimum SKUs and annual production barely exceeding a dozen watches per month, at Urwerk and many independents you probably won’t pay for slow-selling models that inflate the prices of the most basic watch SKUs. more sold, you also don’t have to deal with poor resale problems.
That being said, today Urwerk announced the UR-105 TTH “Tantalum Hull” which will be available in a limited edition of 12 pieces for a retail price of $ 88,000. Made from tantalum, a precious metal that has a distinctive blue-gray hue, and with a weight comparable to platinum (heavy), the natural look is similar to something that has been given a gray or charcoal coating – but it’s is the natural color of the metal.
As with other Urwerk watches, the cover (or “shell” in this case), opens to reveal the mechanics below. The time indications can be read with or without the cover closed. The hours are indicated by a rotating carousel with the respective current large Arabic time visible on the satellite, and with the current minutes indicated on the horizontal retrograde minute track via the vertical dash below each hour marker. The seconds are indicated by a wheel combined with a blue frame surrounding the current 10 second increment as the seconds wheel spins in a circle. A crescent-shaped power reserve display sits in the lower part of the dial, opposite the running seconds.
Turn the watch over and you can see the two turbines that regulate the automatic winding of the watch. They can be fine-tuned to maximize performance by adjusting the level between “FULL”, “RED”. (REDUCED) and “STOP”.
The Urwerk UR-105 TTH tantalum shell measures 38.5mm in diameter, 53mm in length and 17.8mm in thickness. Water resistance is rated at 30 meters. Each watch is associated with a Vulcarbon © rubber strap, reference “Kiska” with black DLC buckle. This is the latest edition of UR-105 CT, and ends line 105.