In URWERK’s U-Research Division – the brand’s ‘experimental laboratory’ – some wild projects emerge. This innovative, anti-establishment spirit has now been channelled into a watchmaking Holy Grail: fully interactive, EMC (Electro Mechanical Control) is the world’s first precision mechanical watch in which the timing can be both monitored and adjusted by the user to suit their lifestyle.

“EMC allows you to obtain reliable and accurate data about your timepiece at the touch of a button, information that until now has been the preserve of professional watchmakers. Using this information, you can fine-tune one of the most exciting, most jubilant mechanisms invented – the mechanical watch – all by yourself.” 


Felix Baumgartner

“Mechanical exception”
and “Innovation”
prizes awarded to URWERK EMC
by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

On the night of 31 October 2014, before the VIP audience of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, URWERK was honored with both the “Mechanical exception” and “Innovation” prizes for the BLACK EMC !
“We are all so proud and so happy at URWERK. These prizes are of huge importance for us. We are an independent maison horlogère and for more than 15 years now, we have been striving to express our own vision of fine watchmaking. At URWERK, we have a strong belief that the history of haute horlogerie is a constantly evolving art. So we welcome these awards as a recognition of our work and of our approach,” declares Felix Baumgartner, master-watchmaker and co-founder of URWERK.




Electro Mechanical Control (EMC) is the world’s first fully-integrated mechanical watch with built in ‘artificial intelligence’. Changes in position and temperature, as well as shocks, can all adversely affect the isochronism (timing regularity) of a wristwatch. But thanks to EMC’s unique and pioneering monitoring unit, not only can the wearer obtain the precise timing rate on demand, they can then use that information to accurately adjust the precision of their watch to suit their own personal rhythm.

Technical details


Case material

Titanium and steel


43mm width x 51mm length x 15.8mm height


Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Water resistance

Pressure tested to 3 ATM


Satin finish; shot-blasting 



UR-EMC calibre conceived, developed and manufactured by URWERK


Swiss lever escapement

Balance wheel

ARCAP P40, linear balance coupled to the optical sensor


28,800 vph - 4Hz

Balance spring


Power source

Vertically mounted double mainspring barrels, connected in series

Power reserve

80 hours


Manual winding

Surface finishes

Côtes de Genève, snailing, micro-bead blasting, polished bevels on screw heads

Artificial intelligence


Maxon® generator with manual winding charging super capacitor

EMC system

Optical sensor controlled by an integrated circuit board; 16'000'000hz reference oscillator


Hours, minutes, seconds; precision delta, power reserve.
Super-LumiNova® treatment on markers


Two-position crown
Winding handle to generate electricity to power the δ precision indicator
Button to activate the δ precision indicator
On the back: Crown release button and Fine-tuning screw to adjust the rate