Watches: Urwerk UR-210Y Black Hawk (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on March 14, 2014
Today, I would like to present one of the latest creations to emerge from the Urwerk workshop. The brand remains faithful to its highly recognisable high-tech dials and the satellite complication that has made its fame. It also seems that Urwerk has found a new passion for birds of prey. Indeed, in 2012 the brand released the UR-210 Maltese Falcon Titanium and Steel, followed by the UR-210 Black Maltese Falcon Titanium and AlTiN-Coated Steel last year. For 2014, another bird of prey has been chosen as a nickname for a UR-210 model, the “Black Hawk”.
The UR-210Y Black Hawk is also housed in a 53.60 x 43.80 mm case crafted in titanium and AlTiN-treated steel but for the first time, the brand paired it with a black fabric strap instead of the usual alligator leather. Still secured by a titanium folding buckle, this new strap gives a sportier look to the watch and provides a nice alternative to the elegant strap traditionally used by the brand.
Inside the watch beats the UR-7.10 calibre that also powers the previous versions. This high-end movement tells the time through a satellite complication display with wandering hours and retrograde minutes. An aluminium minutes hand with a yellow arrow tip forms the frame for the hour satellites and indicates the minutes on a 120° yellow minute track arc; At the end of the 59th minute, in less than one tenth of a second, the hand flies back to its “0” position to begin another one-hour journey. The tri-part satellite features the hours on each of its four-sided arms and rotates to indicate the correct time.
The watch also includes a sectorial power reserve indicator at 1 o’clock as well as the brand’s unique “winding efficiency” indicator at 11 o’clock. This ingenious complication lets you see if you have been active enough in the last two hours to “refuel” the watch with energy via the automatic winding system or if it actually runs on stored energy. For this information to be really useful, Urwerk coupled it with a system that allows you to adapt the winding efficiency of the rotor so that it matches your daily rhythm.
The UR-210Y Black Hawk is an impressive watch limited to 75 pieces and retails for $175,000. Enjoy the live pictures of this great-looking watch: