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Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch

Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch Watch Releases

When it comes to high-end avant-garde watches, those coming from the crew over at Urwerk really need no introduction. They are wonderful flights of fancy, showing what can be done with imaginative recasting of the elements of a watch, while taking things in a very hard-edged sci-fi direction. For all that futurism, their latest, the Urwerk EMC Pistol, brings in a very old-school type of finishing.

Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch Watch Releases

That, of course, would be the hand-engraving on the Urwerk EMC Pistol watch. The Pistol portion of the name comes directly from that technique, actually. The man who does that work on the cases, Florian Güllert, more often performs his craft on firearms. Now, this is not the first time we have seen this applied to watches, but all the same, I am a fan of this type of handiwork on a watch case. Likely because, no matter the make, it simply gives the watch a look you do not see many places these days.

Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch Watch Releases

Under the skin of the Urwerk EMC Pistol is the “same old” (said rather tongue in cheek) movement the other parts of the Urwerk EMC lineup have. Being able to tweak and adjust the accuracy of a watch when you are not a watch maker? Well, that is just about the epitome of cool for folks like me who would be the proverbial bull in a china shop were they to open the caseback of a watch, let alone a luxury piece like this. Instead, that ability to test and adjust the accuracy is made available externally on the watch, giving us the ability to feel like we can actually do something to our wonderful time-keeping machines.

Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch Watch Releases

There is a lot to like about the Urwerk EMC Pistol. I like the technology behind the movement (and adjustability), and the artistry behind the case engraving and hand-made straps. That all said, for me personally, this particular design just does not do it for me. While I am entranced by the Urwerk 210 and 105, the EMC just has the feeling of one of those oversized, inexpensive watches that shoehorn a few different movements in for the sake of looking complicated. This is not a knock against the Urwerk EMC Pistol, but a realization that if I draw this sort of mental association, others likely will as well.

Urwerk EMC Pistol Watch Watch Releases

Then again, for those in the know (and who can spring for the 135,000 Swiss Francs price tag) that is likely not a worry, or a type of watch they would even concern themselves with. Hopefully for them, it is more a pure appreciation of what has been developed here, and the sort of “gee whiz” fun that should come with being able to set the timing of your watch.


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  • loydb

    I think that type of engraving brings to mind a certain aesthetic, and they haven’t carried that over to the dial portion. I realized that I really liked the last pic (just the case), but I absolutely hate it once the movement is in.

  • iamcalledryan

    I do agree with loydb about the style continuity issue, but I still love this thing.

    URWERK is one of my top 5 brands, without a doubt. It isn’t just about their satellite hands, although that’s a big one, its about the way you interact with their watches. Even the EMC, which has extremely normal hands, is URWERK through-and-through, with the ability to take super geeky readings from the watch (in this case the rate test) and directly influence the rate of winding or the frequency. Even with the oil change function, which is basically just a 5-year indicator, they have made these mechanical things speak to us in a more personal way and invite us to interact with them.

    Hat is indefinitely off, sirs.

    • JimBob

      I always love the Urwerk stuff. It’s a good weird.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I would buy it,…..but i wouldn’t wear it.

  • Marius

    It`s strange to see an Urwerk without the traditional sattelite display. I really like engravings, but on watches with polished steel cases such as the Panerai presented earlier this year, or some Rolexes. On an Urwerk it doesn`t really work because it clashes with the very modern design of the case, which in most cases is brushed.
    Lastly, I find it very hard to understand the price. I mean, the time and power reserve are displayed in a conventional manner. The main selling point would be the adjustability aspect, yet, I am not sure if that is fully functional, or just a semi-gimmick, giving you the impression that you can tweak your watch.

  • SuperStrapper

    URWERK is one of my favourite all-time brands, but I have no time (excuse the pun) for this watch. Stick to what you know.

  • wallydog2

    Wow! I’d love to have one…but I don’t think I’d have the nerve to wear it. I’d keep it under glass on a red velvet covered curio table. $200,000 (sales tax incl.)? Not bad. Maybe I’ll get two.

  • DanW94

    This engraved mess sullies the clean industrial lines found on the original emc case. Not sure what they were going for here mixing these two design elements. The engraved portion looks like a design someone Goth like Marilyn Manson would like….lol

  • john coleman

    I’d buy it just for that amazing strap !

  • Nelson

    I like the the engraving but i think the sculpted case does not match the modern design of the dial and the hands. I prefer the original EMC case.

  • Simon_Hell

    If i was a pimp, id buy this. Seriously i think the pimp market has been neglected for too long. Well no more.

    • I_G

      Jacob & Co. are already all over that market.

  • Mark Baran

    Looks massive. I guess in a pinch, you could wrap it over the dorsal side of your lower fingers. Sure beats a palm full of quarters.

  • And it’s called the “Pistol” because naturally pistols are adorned with gauges and dials?

  • Shinytoys

    The engravings are sweet. But if you want to see amazing firearm engraving for which this artist is known google Florian Güllert engravings and have an eyeful of what this man can create. Jury is still out on the combination of these two companies coming together in the world of watches…

  • Ulysses31

    Love the artistry, and I was quite fond of the original version of this watch too, though i’m not sure how well the two styles mesh.

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