America’s largest luxury watch show, WatchTime New York, returns to Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 13-14 (Click here for a current list of exhibiting brands, event details, and to purchase tickets). More than 20 watch brands will be on hand to showcase their newest timepieces, from large, world-famous manufacturers to innovative independents. Among the latter is Urban Jürgensen, which will showcase its Baselworld 2017 highlight piece, the limited-edition Reference 1140 PT Blue.
Limited to just 30 pieces, the Urban Jurgensen Reference 1140 PT Blue has a round, three-piece 40-mm-diameter case made of platinum, with a convex, stepped bezel and the individually soldered, teardrop-shaped lugs characteristic of Urban Jurgensen’s 1745 collection. The dial, in what the brand calls a proprietary blue color that matches that of the semi-matte alligator strap, boasts a number of aesthetic highlights. The asymmetrically designed, tapering hands are cut from solid white gold, manually finished to ensure a perfect shape, and diamond polished. The hands are riveted to precision turned, mirror polished hand pipes (brushes) at the center of the dial. The stylized Arabic hour numerals, inspired by those on Urban Jurgensen’s historical pocket watches, are also made of white gold; to achieve their “bombé” pillow-shaped profiles, the numerals needed to be cut in a multi-step process from a solid gold sheet. The detailed hand-finishing on these hands ensures that no two dials have identical sets.
As for the dial itself, it showcases another of Urban Jurgensen’s specialties: hand-finished guilloché, in both Grain d’orges (on the main dial) and Guilloché Damier (on the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock) styles. Each dial, made from a single piece of solid silver, requires two full days of work, and 700 individual operations, on a guilloché lathe to be completed. Of particular note is the engine-turned, satin-finished chapter ring that surrounds the domed, white-gold numerals.
Powering the watch, and visible through a sapphire display back, is Urban Jurgensen’s manual-wound Caliber P4, with a Swiss lever escapement, 23 jewels, a 21,600-vph frequency, and a 72-hour power reserve stored in twin barrels. The movement, like the watch itself, is limited to 30 pieces and individually numbered. The watch’s 30-meter water-resistant case is mounted on an alligator strap with a solid platinum folding clasp; custom sizes and colors are available on request.
To learn more about the Urban Jürgensen Ref. 1140 PT Blue, to see how it looks and feels on your own wrist, and to discover the brand’s other new pieces, click here to reserve your spot at WatchTime New York 2017.