As an expression of commitment to the Only Watch cause, URWERK auctioned in 2011 the UR-103 Phoenix, a unique timepiece made of white gold and hand-decorated by master engraver maker Jean-Vincent Huguenin, one of the most gifted artists in this field.
Fascinated by universal cultures and legends, Jean-Vincent did not take long to decide on the theme of this mythical bird, the Phoenix was revered in Ancient Greece as well as being a legendary hero in China and Japan.
In his steady hand, Jean-Vincent has been able to conjure up one of URWERK’s iconic creations and give it a new, universal dimension. And so, in recognition of all those engaged in the battle to save children from muscular dystrophy, the UR-103 sports that most quintessential symbol of resistance and resilience: A phoenix rising from the flames.
“In our daily lives we all have objects that are slightly talismanic,” says watch artist and URWERK co-founder Martin Frei. “We love to have them at our side, in touching distance. Without giving them a mystical value, we assign them a virtue, an ‘aura’. With this in mind, we have designed the UR-103 as a veritable talisman – a source of energy for its future owner.”
White gold, back in titanium
50mm x 36mm x 13.5mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Pressure tested to 3 ATM
Back PECVD (Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition) treated
UR-3.03 manually wound
Single mainspring barrel
Circular-grained and rhodium-plated baseplate, chamfered and polished screw heads
On the back
Control board in titanium with Power-reserve indicator
15-minute and 60-second dials for precise time setting
Sandblasted and satin-finished carousel; circular graining
Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition
Luminous hours and minutes scale
Two-position winding crown
On the back
fine tuning screw (fast/slow)