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Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

Someone seeing their first Urwerk watch might have their mind blown by looking at these pictures, but followers of the brand will find a lot that’s familiar. For everything crazy and awesome about the new Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite watch, it mostly represents a subtle cosmetic change to existing Urwerk products. Specifically, the Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite emphasizes strong and ample luminant and its contrast with a darkly finished titanium case.

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

More specifically, the Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite is apparently an even more lumed-out version of the UR-105 CT Streamliner watch released in 2017 that came in steel or black titanium, itself a twist on the existing UR-105 watch family. The Kryptonite name refers, of course, to the meteorite from the Superman universe that glows like the watch’s luminant (and makes Superman un-super). Urwerk has often been remarked upon to fit into comic book and other sci-fi universes, particularly Batman, but I can see this one as reminiscent even of Blade Runner or Tron, maybe. That slightly retro element of its retro-futuristic feel comes at least partly from the Art Deco design inspiration the brand says is taken from the architecture of New York (aka “Gotham”).

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

Compared to the PVC black titanium version of the UR-105 CT Streamliner mentioned above which uses a yellowish lume, I believe, the Super-LumiNova colors on the Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite are a combination of crisp, minty blue and green. Different types, colors, and brands of luminescent glow with varying intensities, but the amount of luminant applied also makes a big difference in its brightness. Urwerk doesn’t specify more than the the use of Swiss Super-LumiNova, but the brand’s materials do quote co-founder Martin Frei mentioning that the Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite’s lume is so strong that on full charge it can almost be used as a flashlight in a dark room. We’d like to test that for ourselves, but one should generally expect high quality from Urwerk – and for the high five-figure price.

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

The lume is applied to all of the displays, being the hours and minutes as indicated by Urwerk’s signature satellite (“wandering”) hours, a digital seconds display, and a power reserve indicator. If you don’t already know, the satellite hour indication (in this particular iteration) consists of four arms, each with a disk that rotates to bring the current hour forward and simultaneously point to a minutes scale. The seconds are indicated also on a disc in tens by a red frame, and the power reserve indicator (48 hours) is off to the right-hand side of the minutes scale.

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

The lume color (and possibly the volume that is applied) is, in fact, the primary difference between the PVD black Streamliner and the Kryptonite, as far as I can tell (not even sure a new name was necessary). In a titanium case with black AlTiN-coating that measures 39.5mm wide by 53mm long by 17.8mm thick, the specs and UR 5.03 movement inside are all the same. Titanium is nice and light so it should help make a big watch like this more wearable. We have had a chance to write about each of the features found here numerous times, but they include the movement with its “twin turbines” system that gives the wearer more control over the automatic winding efficiency via a lever on the underside of the watch. You can see more about that in the article linked to above along with caseback pictures (which Urwerk did not provide for this particular release).


Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

A view of the movement doesn’t require turning the watch over, however, but rather sliding the button on top to open the “hunter-style” case cover like the hood of a car. Still covered by a sapphire crystal, it will be particularly cool to see the glowing parts even as they are tucked away inside the movement. With how unusual an Urwerk looks on the wrist anyway, just imagine then popping open the case cover to show inquisitive friends. However, when the hour changes, I do wonder if the indicator’s lume will be insufficiently charged due to having been under the case cover – it’s not that big of a deal, but the lume is especially emphasized on this version.

Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite Watch Watch Releases

More variety and more lume for the Urwerk UR-105 CT is surely a good thing. Personally, if I were watch shopping in this price range, the Urwerk UR-105 would be at the top of my list and this particular aesthetic execution represents the brand’s character well to me. If you already have a Batmobile or something similar, this might be the perfect accessory and you can probably afford it too. Priced the same as the Streamliner, the Urwerk UR-105 CT Kryptonite watch has a pre-tax price of 65,000 CHF.

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  • SuperStrapper

    Gotham is Chicago, not New York.

    Regardless, love this brand. I thought maybe this watch had a partnership going on with Black Badger, as we saw in some MB&F watches and those incredible Sarpenava Northern Lights pieces, as that is likely the best lume in the business (still hopeful that AM will ressurect themselves from the relative anonymity they’ve achieved and make email luminescence great again). The brightness of the lume here (assuming the photos aren’t too heavily filtered/touched) is amazing but equally noteworthy is the quality and consistency of its application. Crisp, firm lines and a perfectly uniform consistency are absolutely critical elements if you want to flex your lume and I see no issues with either here.

    URWERK (possibly through actual customer/user feedback) seems to put a lot of extra effort into this line, maybe it’s just the most wearable. In terms of a vertically-posed URWERK I’d prefer the more dedicated technical look in the 210, but the best URWERK is still the horozontally-displayed 110 (which to be fair is not without its iterations as well). On this particular one I might suggest that the hunter style case is neat, but should be fully convertible if someone wants to just always have the most exposure (I would), and that cover could just be added or removed completely at will by the wearer.

    Regardless, fantastic watch from one of the industry’s best and coolest brands.

    • Joe

      Looks so cool. Shame it’s out of my price range (as with many cool watches).

      The case back doesn’t look very comfortable though.

      • SuperStrapper

        If you are in an area that has an AD within a reasonable distance, go try on one. The first time I got to know the brand that was one of my initial impressions as well, that the caseback makes them more novelties than wearable watches, but all of the edges and features are well considered and finished. I put one on and buckled it one hole too tight and even at that the caseback wasn’t a problem. I’d own one and wear it regularly without question

        • Joe

          Hmmm…no AD in pre-Brexit Britain, it seems.
          Maybe it’s an excuse to visit Baselworld or SIHH next year 🙂

          • SuperStrapper

            Wow. Surprised.

            But yes, if that’s all you need to get to either (or both) shows, encouraged.

          • Gokart Mozart

            I think they have turned up at Salon QP at least once?, But not sure, as I am not that big a fan.

            Although this one with all the lume looks cool.

    • Kuroji
      • SuperStrapper

        Wikipedia schmikipedia.

        The artists that draw batman comics for decades use Chicago as a reference. Far more conclusive than someone’s opinion in wikipedia.

        • Kuroji

          I share your distaste for Wikipedia, but it is frequently the fastest and easiest way to silence the know-nothings. For you, I will spend the two minutes to find something more authoritative.

          • SuperStrapper

            That was an interesting read, thanks for sharing. I believe you linked it to say that there is no settled science on what city Gotham is supposed to be, as the article puts up arguments for many cities, and the most telling snippet may be this postion:

            “…But Gotham also has been hit by earthquakes (1999’s No Man’s Land story arc at left), sits in the Central Time Zone (Man-Bat #3), and was a cowboy town in the 1800s (2011’s All-Star Western). Heck, if we interpret all of the above criteria extremely loosely, Gotham City could sit on South Padre Island, where Batman rescues co-eds year round from their own vomit…”

            So, there is no such real city in the US that shares all of those traits, and Gotham really is just basically Springfield on the Simpsons: any city it needs to be at any one time, and relatable to almost anyone.

            My comment that it is Chicago is based solely on the comments of the core art team that has been with the brand for near 50 years: when the conjure image to draw from, they go to Chicago. At the end of the day, there is no official location and all of our opinions are just that.

          • Kuroji

            Two items. One, the article’s mention of “Gotham”
            “Urwerk has often been remarked upon to fit into comic book and other sci-fi universes, particularly Batman, but I can see this one as
            reminiscent even of Blade Runner or Tron, maybe. That slightly retro element of its retro-futuristic feel comes at least partly from the Art Deco design inspiration the brand says is taken from the architecture of New York (aka “Gotham”).”

            Now, your contribution:
            “Gotham is Chicago, not New York.”

            If you feel like chasing down the origin of Gotham as New York, you find this (linked from the second Wikipedia URL I posted):
            “The most populous city in the U.S. also goes by the name Gotham, which was first used by Washington Irving in an 1807 issue of his literary magazine about the legends of an English village named Gotham.”

  • Raymond Wilkie

    These have never exited me. I get the geekyness of them and all that buy i wouldn’t be seen dead with one on.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    My favorite bonkers movement ‘wandering hours’. Love it, though secretly I’d prefer the vintage AP version.

  • DanW94

    I love Urwerk. So many cool variations on that UR design. I’m still partial to the EMC watch with the precision indicator.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Not sure who is more a one trick pony, Rolex or Urwerk?

    • Omegaboy

      Are you kidding? What’s so OTP about Rolex?

      • Gokart Mozart

        They are only known for the Oysters, and they them selves virtually ignore there other watches. When was the last time you saw an advert for a Prince?

        The Oyster is basically the same watch that Rolex have somehow managed to convince people are separate ranges. Same basic case design and architecture just with slightly different size and bezel. No real innovation, just refinement.

        Every year they make slight changes to the watch colours or hands or etc. Look at an Oyster in the last 20 years unless you really know your Rolexs you can’t tell the difference.

        If you compare it to for example to AP all the Oyster ranges would be covered in Royal Oak range.

        AP also do the Audemars range, Piguet range, the Millenary, the concepts, the different ladies ranges etc.

        And yet Rolex make probably more than 10 – 15 times the number of watches each year compared to AP.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

    Too much money for a child’s watch.

  • Kryptonite? I could never wear it. It would kill me in 20 minutes. I would urge them to use Unobtainium.

  • Sam Soul

    Lex Luthor approves.

  • Pete L

    These are cool but there are a lot of versions of the same thing really. Also too much for the novelty factor for me.

  • spiceballs

    Cool indeed, but not E65K cool for me.

  • joe Shmoe

    sorry, not a michael bay fan.