UR-102 «reloaded»

On 10 December 2022, Urwerk will dedicate a one-of-a-kind creation – the #1 of the UR-102 “reloaded” – to the Swiss Institute of New York.

This timepiece will be auctioned under the auspices of Phillips during the TimeForArt event.

This single-piece edition stems from a collaboration with Cooper Jacoby, an American contemporary artist known for drawing attention to the functionality of the systems governing our lives. Using innovative treatments of materials such as nickel, copper, rubber and silicon, the artist creates electrifying sculptures, transforming what is often left invisible into striking and vibrant perceptions. He reinterpreted one of the most emblematic and decisive Urwerk creations: the UR-102 in its new “reloaded” version.

In this instance, Jacoby revisits the notion of graduation. This first UR-102 “reloaded” displays a wandering hour that counts down time in both analog and digital formats. On the dial of this one-of-a-kind watch, Jacoby uses thermochromic pigments to embody one of the body’s most essential regulatory systems: temperature. The dial of this UR-102 is thus transformed through a range of infinitely variable color tones, interacting with and changing in response to thermal variations. A “reloaded” UR-102 immersed in a state of regular flux.

Engaged in a process of perpetual renewal, the Jacoby and Urwerk creation marries the systemic precision of chronometry with the harmony of human biology.

December 01, 2022