The UR-CC1 is a timeless creation and the fruit of multiple inspirations: the talented and avant-garde watchmaker Louis Cottier (1894-1966); a reflexion on the myriad dimensions of time; and even fond reminiscences of the linear instrument panels found on some old American cars.
“I am interested in the perception of time. Physicists tell us that time can be warped or stretched, and our daily experiences are with the circular cycles of the days, seasons and years. But I am also intrigued that time can be ordered, even straitjacketed, to flow in a linear direction – a straight line from the past, through the present, to the future. And, because this can represent an individual’s lifeline, I feel that this linear format can be a very human way to look at time. That plus the fact that I think it looks really cool!”
LINEAR TIME INDICATIONS
On the UR-CC1, there are two horizontal indications displayed by two cylinders: one for the (jumping) hours, the other for the retrograde minutes. And don't be lulled by the apparent simplicity of the displays; the UR-CC1 is the result of more than three years of research, development, production and testing just to ensure that the rotation and instant fly-back of the large hour and minute cylinders is achieved without compromising accurate timekeeping.
White gold, caseback in titanium
Single mainspring barrel
Unidirectional winding rotor coupled to an air vane
Minutes and hours cylinders in Elox, cylinder brackets in titanium, honeycombed rack and seconds disk in nickel (LIGA process), baseplate in ARCAP, black PVD coating, vertical cam in beryllium bronze
Circular-grained bridges, P-E CVD, circular-grained movement components, micro-blasted complication components, diamond-cut and mirror polished
Linear jumping hours, linear retrograde minutes, digital and linear seconds (world first)
Super-LumiNova® on markers
Two-position winding crown