Urban Jürgensen produces some of the most attractive and elaborate time-only watches on the market today. The Reference 1140L RG Brown Limited Edition released at Baselworld is further proof of that. A chocolate brown dial contrasts with the finely-blued hands to create a sumptuous tone. Arabic numerals made of solid rose gold are hand polished and appear as if they’re floating on the dial’s surface. A masterfully guillochéd dial, cross-hatched small seconds, and teardrop lugs (which have been individually forged, heat treated, hand-polished, and individually soldered) elevate the whole dial architecture into a horological dream sequence of epic proportions.
This limited edition watch is the latest update to the Reference 1140 series that has seen a variety of dial colors and case materials since its initial inception a few years ago. Last year, we saw the limited edition Ref. 1140 make an appearance in platinum with a velvety blue dial. This year, the chocolate hue is a distinct diversion into warmer colored territory that really hammers home the level of handcraft going into each Urban Jürgensen timepiece.
Inside the watch is the hand-decorated Urban Jürgensen in-house P4 caliber with Swiss Lever Escapement, a twin barrel, and a 72-hour power reserve. Limited to 20 total pieces, the 40 mm timepiece comes on an alligator leather strap with a solid rose gold folding buckle and clasp. It’s priced at CHF 29,900.