There is something particularly unique about the new URWERK UR-220 SL Asimov. First, it is a timepiece that marketed for low-light time-telling and second, it is inspired by a book, specifically, American sci-fi author Issac Asimov’s Nightfall.
The luxury timepiece drew its inspiration from the splendor of the brightly lit by the Stars. Like almost all URWERK’s timepieces, the URWERK UR-220 SL Asimov is very alien-like. Not organically, though. It looks like a high-tech alien spaceship, or part of it.
However, when the night falls, it becomes a luminescent installation – thanks to the molded Super-LumiNova in the watch. Not only the indexes and hands glow; other accents, too, glows, as well as the URWERK branding.
Outside of the glow, this third variation of the 220 collection also received subtle changes in materials, colors, finishes and aesthetic characteristics.
Here’s a little insight into this unique watch face:
“This new display underlines the technical nature of the time reading. It remains based on URWERK’s patented wandering hour satellite complication. The wandering hours are displayed on three rotating truncated pyramid-shaped transporters. Each in turn is inserted into a 3D minutes pointer which travels over the 120 degrees of the minute scale and at the end of the hour makes a big jump back to the “0” marker to welcome the next transporter. This powerful and swift retrograde minutes display is undoubtedly the most impressive ever in a wristwatch, notably featuring a minutes pointer openworked on all sides.”
Under the hood, the URWERK UR-220 SL Asimov is powered by URWERK-developed, manually wound Calibre UR-720 and it boasts no less than 59 jewels and 48 hours power reserve.
The timepiece further features 3D Minutes pointer in aluminum with bronze counterweight, aluminum hour transporter, grade-5 titanium central carousel and screws, carbon CTP (carbon thin ply) case, sapphire crystal, black DLC-treated titanium case back with sapphire crystal, black DLC-coated crown and crown guard, and water resistance to 30 meters (3 ATM or 100 feet).
The watch is paired with Vulcarbone cured rubber, reference “Kiska” with black DLC-coated buckle.
No words on how you get on one yet.
All images courtesy of URWERK.