For those who’ve been around the realm of watches for some time, even on a cursory level, you’ll know that Urwerk has a knack for interesting and innovative, if not memorable timepieces.
Previously known mostly for its wandering hours models, the Swiss brand launched the UR-112 Aggregat in 2021 as part of its Special Projects collection. Inspired by the Bugatti Atlantic, the UR-112 takes after the Computron-esque driving watches popular in the ‘70s, where the driver could read the time without taking his hand off the steering wheel. This means that, unlike a traditional watch, the case material on the UR-112 is important because it’s the part of the watch that gets the most exposure.
For its third edition, Urwerk has released a “Back to Black” iteration, which simply gives the watch a new case material. While the original uses PVD-coated titanium, the new model sports DLC-treated titanium and steel, giving the timepiece a stealthier look while retaining the same 42mm x 51mm case dimensions. Like the previous two versions, the “Back to Black” features an entirely unique display of the time. While the jumping hours and rolling minutes are on the edge of the watch closest to the body, the seconds (also rolling) and power reserve meter must be read by lifting the grooved case cover on top.
Limited to just 25 pieces, the UR-112 Aggregat “Back to Black” has an SRP of CHF280,000 (~$305,572) and can be purchased from select Urwerk retailers.