Launched last year, the Urwerk EMC combined electronics and traditional watchmaking. Originally available only in steel, EMC buyers now have the option of a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated steel case with a titanium back. This combines an matte black case with neon yellow markings to create a look favoured by fans of the brand.
The base movement of the EMC is entirely mechanical and conventional – hand-wound with twin barrels and an 80 hour power reserve – with an integrated electronic rate monitor. That uses an LED light and sensor to measure the oscillations of the balance wheel, which is then compared with a quartz oscillator built into the rate monitor.
With the difference between the actual rate and quartz reference shown on the sub-dial at at top left corner, the wearer can then adjust the rate of the movement via a screw in the back.
In order to generate the power needed to run the electronic rate monitor, a hand crank is built into the case – five to 10 turns of the crank generates enough energy for five rate measurements. We explained the EMC in greater detail last year.
|The hand crank extended from the case|
Available at retailers now, the EMC Black is priced at 118,000 Swiss francs, or about US$126,000.
|Urwerk co-founder Martin Frei with the EMC Black|
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