By Jovan Krstevski

It has been 18 years when the first of Urwerk’s iconic satellite indication watches appeared. At that time it must have been weird-looking at a new way of telling time but come to think about it, according to the owners of Urwerk watches, it gets so much easier. Like it or not, we all envy how Urwerk successfully changed the playing field from standard watches to out-of-this-world looking watches. It’s practically easy to say that URWERK is of an alien origin but who cares, as long as it looks crazy cool and performs crazy good, it’s a hell of a watch to have. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the new Urwerk UR–105 TA sporting an automatic winding movement compared to its manually-wound predecessor, the UR–105M. If you care about the difference between these two movements, it has all to do with Urwerk’s proprietary Turbine system which to the naked eye is an oscillating rotor connected to a set of turbines that gyrates with the rotor; it’s quite cool looking at the movement which is a way for Urwerk to show-off their mechanical prowess.

URWERK UR-105 TA 1

UR-105 TA RG

The case comes in different designs; UR–105 TA RG – black PVD titanium case, red-gold bezel, UR–105 TA “All Black” – black PVD titanium case, black PVD steel bezel, UR–105 TA “Black Lemon” – titanium case, black PVD steel bezel, and UR–105 TA ”Black Orange” – titanium case, black PVD steel bezel.

URWERK UR-105 TA 2

UR-105 TA “All Black”

Personally, I like the “all black” version where the titanium feel really stands out. The size is not that different compared to other standard watches, it comes in 39.50mm x 53mm x 16.80mm. Personally, it doesn’t appear to be bigger than most watches but the dial’s shape kinda looks like an alien device for all I care.

URWERK UR-105 TA 3

UR-105 TA “Black Lemon”

The dial is covered by a custom shaped Sapphire Crystal and it looks really nice when blended with the rest of the case. Oh and there is a bezel alright and of course lugs too, same old technology but unique presentation. The UR–105TA displays the time with hours and seconds in its satellite inspired presentation. It appears harder to get used to but I think if you use it in a day or two, you can easily get the hang of it.

URWERK UR-105 TA 4

UR-105 TA” Black Orange”

Placed at the traditional 12 o’clock is the big crown, it looks kinda big but totally blends in with the overall design. If you wonder about the dial’s materials, they’re made of top-notch metals — the Satellite hours are driven by Geneva that crosses in beryllium bronze, there’s the Orbital structure of PEEK (polyetheretherketone), and the Carrousel and triple main plates in ARCAP.

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The new introduction of course comes with the new double turbine regulated Caliber 5.02 UR automatic winding movement. It has a power reserve of 48 hours and has 52 Jewels. The winding mode can be manually selected just behind the case when you want the watch to experience some “serious movement” and potential shock. The case back may not be fully see through but it looks cool and the twin turbines are lovely to look at. Oh and the straps are sporty too! Overall, the new Urwerk is really tough to beat. For more info, please visit urwerk.com

Technical details
Movement
Caliber: 5.02 UR automatic winding regulated by a double turbine
Jewels: 52
Frequency:  28,800v / h – 4 Hz
Power reserve:  48 hours

Materials
Satellite hours driven by Geneva crosses in beryllium bronze;
Orbital structure of PEEK (polyetheretherketone)
Carrousel and triple main plates in ARCAP

Surface finishes
Perlage, bead-blasting, satin-finishing
Beveled screw heads

Indications
Satellite hours; minutes – hour and minute markers treated with SuperLumiNova

Case
Materials
– UR-105 TA RG – black PVD titanium case, red gold bezel
– UR-105 TA “All Black” – black PVD titanium case, black PVD steel bezel
– UR-105 TA “Black Lemon” – titanium case, black PVD steel bezel
– UR-105 TA” Black Orange” – titanium case, black PVD steel bezel

Dimensions: width: 39.50mm; length: 53mm; height: 16.80 mm
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: Pressure tested to 30m / 3ATM

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JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’  His passion for horology jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. P.S. He is also a huge fan of The Man of Steel/Superman. Read his articles here.