Hands-On: Urwerk UR-105CT Streamliner.

Ever since Urwerk took the stage in 1997, they’ve been showing the world just how inventive and creative they can be. From the UR-103’s unique satellite configuration to the UR-110’s asymmetrical layout, it’s all be quite spectacular. And to be quite honest with you, Urwerk is like a very welcomed breath of fresh air.

Fast forward to today, and we have the UR-105 CT Streamliner, Urwerk’s latest piece of sheer insanity. The UR-105 CT Streamliner was created in celebration of Urwerk’s 20th birthday, and for such a young watchmaker, they’ve achieved the monumental task of being accepted into the inner circle of watchmaking.

The UR-105 CT Streamliner is available in two variations. One is titanium and steel which has been mirror polished, and the other which is also titanium and steel, but as opposed to mirror polishing the steel has been treated to some black PVD-coating. Both are cool, but I’d put my money on the black version. Darker watches seem to resonate better with me. Stylistically, the UR-105 CT Streamliner is made to mimic the New York skyline. Towering skyscrapers that seem to be wedged up against each other. And the effect is really quite outstanding. The effect of these parallel lines draws your eyes instinctively to the dial at the bottom of the piece.

The dial can actually be expanded simply by sliding back a part of the case. This provides the wearer with a fairly unobstructed view of the satellite mechanism. There are but a handful of watchmakers out there with the ingenuity and daring of those at Urwerk. Can you imagine the thought process needed to conceptualise, draft out and create the UR-105 CT Streamliner? It essentially requires the artisan to think in tangibles the mere micro-meters before anything has even eventuated.

The UR-105 CT Streamliner is powered by the UR 5.03 calibre. It’s an automatic calibre made up of beryllium bronze, aluminum and a special allow called ARCAP. Power reserve is rated at 48-hours, but of course were you to be wearing this constantly then it’d basically run forever. The back of the watch shows the two pneumatic turbines that determine the rate of the piece’s self-winding. Think you’re going to go for a run? You can alter the rate by the lever at the base of the watch. Chilling by the pool with a Mojito in your hand? Yep, there’s a rate for that as well. Very smart.

The UR-105 CT Streamliner is innovative, daring and in a way somewhat polarising. The avant-garde nature of the piece can deter the hesitant, but for those who pine for a watch that is very much “outside of the box”, then the Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner is going to be your best friend. Both variations cost 65,000CHF (approx. $65,800 USD), and both are supremely wonderful.

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