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Urwerk the EMC Pistol

Marina Milojević | 11.17.15 | 02:45 AM

URWERK has brought together top craftsmen and skilled hands to glorify five unique timepieces

On the occasion of the 2014 Geneva Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, Urwerk’s EMC model was awarded first prizes in the “exceptional mechanism” and the “innovation” categories. This exceptional model, which set a new milestone in the world of watchmaking as the first and only mechanical watch in which the rate can be checked electronically, is now available in a special rendition decorated by the hands of the most skilled craftsmen. The latest version of the EMC – named the Pistol – is hand-decorated by Florian Güllert, who was in charge for the engraving, while Joséphine Morf and Sylviane took care of the leather work.

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

The case of Urwerk EMC Pistol is transformed into the work of art by Florian Güllert, who specializes in engraving firearms. “Engraving is a way of capturing light,” he explains, “It bares the metal and creates zones of shade. The metal is forcibly worked and astonishingly that is what makes it beautiful… You can compare engraving on metal with calligraphy, while hammer peening creates such subtle nuances that they cannot be reproduced exactly. Each mark you make is unique and definitive. That is the beauty of craftsmanship.” For this particular project, Florian Güllert chose scrolls and arabesques that would break up the rectilinear silhouette of the EMC. He even had to find special tools to employ the traditional method on the unusually hard steel used in the EMC case.

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

Martin Frei, co-founder and chief designer at Urwerk, is responsible for the distinctive architecture of the EMC Pistol. He is the one that envisioned a watch that showcases contrasting styles. The minimalist top part of the case features raised engravings, with smooth and satin-finished surfaces of the upper part highlighting the decorative work of the lower section.

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

Finally, the highest-grade leather strap was made in the little workshops of the Place Simon-Goulart in Geneva’s old watchmaking district of Saint Gervais - the Portalès leather company. Joséphine Morf, and Sylviane, her co-worker, have designed five unique straps for the EMC Pistol. As Joséphine explains: “URWERK’s order at first took us by surprise… They wanted a part of the skin that we very seldom use because it is in relief. The straps we made are truly three dimensional with a series of small ridges... “We have made five unique straps, which in my view are among the finest created by our company.”

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

Finally, the watchmaker Felix Baumgartner is responsible for the ingenious mechanism of the Urwerk EMC. This model represents it Holy Grail. Based on Urwerk’s in-house movement, the mechanism is transformed in an electronic device that monitors the sprung balance at its heart. As a result, the owner can adjust the timepiece by himself, to achieve the best possible performance. This mechanical watch features a control panel with four separate dials. Located at 2 o’clock position is the large seconds dial, to its left, at 10 o’clock is the rate indicated n seconds a day. Below, at 8 o’clock is the 80-hour power-reserve indicator, while the hours and minutes are shown conventionally by hands at 5 o'clock.

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

All five unique pieces of the Urwerk the EMC Pistol series are made from titanium and steel. The watches measure 43mm in width, and 51mm in length, and they are water resistant to 30 meters. The cases accommodate manually wound Caliber UR-EMC movement, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement is finished in the finest tradition of watchmaking, with Geneva stripes, snailing, shot-blasted and brushed finishes. A sapphire crystal on the case-back reveals the astonishing clash of classic finish and futuristic performance.

Urwerk the EMC Pistol

The price for Urwerk EMC Pistol is 135,000 CHF. For more information, please visit Urewrk’s website.

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