The long anticipated revival of Urwerk’s first model has finally arrived: the UR-102 “Reloaded” is modelled on the watch Urwerk presented at its debut Basel fair in 1997.
The new UR-102 preserves the pebble-like form of the original but with enough tweaks to make it different, most notably with a larger case and revamped time display. The model makes it debut as a box set containing two UR-102s, one in titanium and the other all black.
I was looking forward to Urwerk’s revival of the UR-102. And I’m not disappointed with the result – except for the fact that it’s sold only as a pair.
The “Reloaded” version is obviously modelled on the 1997 original, but it’s also clearly a different creation. For one, it’s larger and the time display has been redesigned. Add to that the restyled lugs and repositioned crown and you have a watch that’s very much distinct.
In short, the new UR-102 is not a remake but a successful and appealing reinterpretation of the original. Leaving aside its origins, the UR-102 also has intrinsic appeal. It’s a clean, attractive design with sci-fi vibes.
But the UR-102 is being sold as a pair – both identical save for the case finish – but subsequent versions will be sold individually, making them more accessible.
Coming full circle
At 41 mm the UR-102 “Reloaded” is noticeably larger than the 1997 original that was just 38 mm wide.
The enlarged case retains the same streamlined outline that was inspired by the Soviet-era Sputnik satellite. While the original had a conventionally positioned crown, the new UR-102 has the crown at four o’clock, further differentiating it from the original.
Offered with either a matte titanium or matte, black-coated titanium, the case also featured redesigned lugs that are more angular and prominent than those on the original.
The complication remains a wandering hours but the display now includes script relating to the history of the UR-102 as well as the distance travelled by the Earth around the Sun since the model was launched in 1997.
And of course the new UR-102 is powered by a contemporary calibre, the automatic cal. 20.2 that’s most probably a Zenith Elite base movement with Urwerk’s own wandering hours module.
The two versions of the UR-102 “Reloaded” are available only in a box set that’s limited to 25.
Key Facts and Price
Urwerk UR-102 “Reloaded” (box set of two watches)
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11.3 mm
Material: Steel and titanium
Water resistance: 30 m
Movement: Cal. 20.2
Functions: Hours and minutes
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Strap: Textured rubber and fabric with pin buckle
Limited edition: 25 box sets
Availability: At Urwerk retailers
Price: CHF56,000 excluding taxes
For more, visit Urwerk.com.
Correction March 31, 2023: The UR-102 will be available individually subsequently.Back to top.