It’s very obvious to any follower of my work here at WristReview that I have an extreme passion for watches. Believe me when I tell you that there’s always at least three watch tabs open in my browser at one time. I also love all kinds of watches from vintage classics like the original DateJust to modern ultra-complex watches such as the Breguet Double Tourbillon. Heck, I even love the affordable watches such as Tudor and Longines, everyone has something to bring to the party!
But there is another passion of mine, which I can enjoy partaking in, clay pigeon shooting. The object of this sport is a clay disk is fired into the air and is shot at by someone with a shotgun; it’s a sport which is great for relaxation or competitiveness if that’s how you like it. It’s a great sport that I urge you to try, any responsible establishment will be very willing to give you instruction and safety advice, however, I realize I am losing focus here. Even the world of shotguns has it’s own Patek Philippe and friends, old English companies such as Holland & Holland and J. Purdey (owned by the Richemont group, yes, it is that one) make some of the finest shotguns around. Each one is hand crafted and fitted perfectly to the new owner upon purchase. They are also well known for being utterly beautiful, the engravings are completely hand done on a gun and each one is unique.
This is where Urwerk comes in because their new EMC Pistol watch uses the same motif that you’d find on a gun, in this case, a classic western pistol. The artisan, Florian Güllert is more used to putting this design onto firearms rather than timepieces. The movement inside the watch case can be found on the other watches in the EMC range from Urwerk, all of which share the unique ability of having a user adjustable accuracy, essentially meaning that if you notice your watch losing or gaining time you can simply rectify it yourself for most matters, something other watches simply cannot do.
The Austrian gun engraver, Florian Güllert
Felix Baumgartner, watchmaker and the co-founder of Urwerk
I simply love the complex simplicity of this watch, the way the information has been split up on the watch makes the watch easily readable and also gives Urwerk a lovely open canvas for their artisans to apply fine designs to their watches, such as this example. If you like it and 135,000 Swiss Francs is what you might spend in one sitting in a posh restaurant then this piece might just be the one for you.
For more info, please visit urwerk.com
Martin Frei, co-founder and design director of Urwerk
|Material:||Titanium and steel|
|Dimensions:||Width 43mm; length: 51mm; depth: 15.8mm|
|Water resistance:||Pressure tested to 30m / 3ATM|
|Decoration:||Engraving by Florian Güllert|
|Calibre:||Calibre UR-EMC; movement made by URWERK|
|Balance:||ARCAP P40; linear balance with an optical sensor|
|Frequency:||28,800v/h – 4Hz|
|Energy supply:||Two barrels in series|
|Power reserve:||80 hours|
|Finish:||Geneva stripes; snailing; shot-blasting; brushing; chamfered screw heads|
|Generator:||Hand-cranked Maxon® generator|
|Monitoring device:||Optical sensor linked to the balance
Oscillateur à 16’000’000hz
|Indications||Hours; minutes; seconds; rate indicator; power reserve; adjustment screw.|
HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN – CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
A keen bass guitar player, Harlan enjoys all the perks modern watchmaking technologies the industry has to offer. Although you might catch him sampling Omegas or the odd Rolex, Harlan loves all things Haute Horology, with his three favourite brands being Breguet, A.Lange & Söhne and Vacheron Constantin. He hopes to study timekeeping more in depth someday and will never be able to thank his father enough for introducing him to the industry. You can follow him on Instagram Read his articles here