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Urwerk UR-105 TA ‘Turbine Automatic’ Watches In Fancy Colors

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

With the new-for-2015 Urwerk UR-105 TA collection, the Swiss brand is making one of their most appealing timepiece collections even better. In 2014, Urwerk first unveiled the UR-105M watches which introduced a great new design as well as a new entry-level price point for the brand. The next model in the family is the Urwerk UR-105 TA “Turbine Automatic Knight Watches,” which extends the range with not only new visual styles, but a totally different movement. Whereas the UR-105M was a manually-wound timepiece, the Urwerk UR-105 TA (UR-105TA) contains an automatic winding movement (Urwerk’s “Turbine Automatic” system).

Why “Turbine Automatic?” Well, most Urwerk automatic watches have a oscillating rotor which is connected to a set of turbines that visually spin with the rotor. Part of this is just for fun and showmanship, but it is also part of a system which allows the rotor to spin either easily, with a bit more resistance, or to stop it all together (when you expect the Urwerk UR-105 TA watch to experience “serious movement” and potential shock). There is a switch on the back of the Urwerk UR-105 TA case that allows the wearer to select between automatic winding modes.

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

There isn’t a clear winner between the Urwerk UR-105 M (UR-105M) and the Urwerk UR-105 TA (UR-105TA), if one needed to make a comparison. The watches share the same case design which has different finishing options and some material changes, but is mostly in titanium at 39.5mm wide, 53mm long, and 16.8mm thick. The Urwerk UR-105 case is also extremely comfortable and cool looking. The only Urwerk case I like just a little bit more is that of the UR-210 (see the Urwerk UR-210S here).

The UR-105 M contains the manually wound Urwerk caliber UR 5.01, while the Urwerk UR-105 TA uses the new caliber UR 5.02 – which has 48 hours of power reserve and operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph). From the “dial” of the watches, it could be easy to confuse the two models, but there are changes here as well as internally, and the movements offer rather different displays. The dial is covered with a custom-shaped sapphire crystal and you only have the time with hours and minutes using a version of Urwerk’s popular “satellite” time display, which has turning discs with hour markers on them that drag across an arched minute scale. It is a very different way of telling the time as compared to standard hands, but ends up being remarkably easy once you get the hang of it. The faces themselves, between the UR-105 M and the Urwerk UR-105 TA, have some different textures and coloring (both have lume).

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

Where things start to appear different is when you turn the watches over and view the caseback. However, let’s start with the side of the case, which is devoid of indicators on this new Urwerk UR-105 TA, whereas on the UR-105M, there is a second power reserve indicator as well as a seconds indicator. The back of the existing UR-105 M has a power reserve indicator, service indicator (when to send the watch in for service), as well as a screw that allows you to fine adjust the movement, tweaking the accuracy (a feature borrowed from the interesting Urwerk EMC). The Urwerk UR-105 TA has none of that – instead, opting for a movement that displays just the time with hours and seconds, and offering automatic winding with the selection indicator.

It would have been nice for Urwerk to at least maintain the seconds dial on the side of the case. The power reserve indicator would have been appreciated, but it is easy to live without given that this is an automatic watch. The price for the two watch models is remarkably similar, so it is clear that Urwerk simply wanted to expand on the collection while adding more options, versus going up or down the pricing scale. What is additionally interesting is, for what is the first time I can think of, Urwerk is offering some bold colors with the Urwerk UR-105 TA Black Lemon and UR-105 TA Black Orange. With that said, there are four versions of the Urwerk UR-105 TA in total which includes more traditionally sober colors that the brand is known for.

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Fancy Colors Watch Releases

Urwerk nicknames the Urwerk UR-105 TA the “Urwerk Knight,” which sort of translates humorously when you think of the “Black Lemon Knight” in yellow armor. If you look at the brand’s official Urwerk UR-105 TA video, you’ll see that their personification of a knight for this new model has become a futuristic knight, while that of the UR-105 M was a more traditional medieval-style knight. In any event, whether or not you prefer the more sober black, the black and 18k red gold model, or the black and orange or black yellow models, I think the Urwerk UR-105 TA is a very appealing model with the rare combination of extremely avant-garde looks and daily wear versatility.

Price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA “Knight” as the Black Lemon or Black Orange is 58,000 Swiss Francs. Price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA “All Black” is 64,000 Swiss Francs, and price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA in black titanium with an 18k red gold bezel is 66,000 Swiss Francs.

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  • Awesome. Seriously. I’ll always prefer the URWERK displays that have the pointer indication over this disc-y approach with a line on it that hits the chapter scale, but the bold colours and ballistic straps offered here are a very interesting and refreshing relief for this brand that I do love dearly.
    A URWERK watch will find its way into my collection one day, that much I promise.

  • iamcalledryan

    I am a total fanboy for Urwerk. These watches, not to mention those nuts fabric and wood ones, further cement the brand as the Lambourghini of the watch world – space age, a little nuts, colourful yet dark. I am in a real bind here because I actually HAVE to own one, yet can’t afford it.

  • hatster

    Brillaint. Kids watches that I would love to own. But will not ever be able to afford. However, what a lot of fun!

  • bnabod

    pretty cool I would have liked a different color for the hour vs minute scale to make the legibility better but I do like the whole black one with yellow numbers.,
    the 55 truncated though, that is a shame almost like the minute scale was an after thought. The back is super neat with the two turbines. really just a different kind of watch.

  • BasilofBakerStreet

    These are awesome looking. If I could afford one I would gladly pick one up. I wish wild designs like this were in the more affordable range.

  • BrJean

    Urwerk and MB&F are my favorite ‘modern’ watch brands. However last creations from MB&F (especially that stooopid robot ) were kinda disappointing for me. But Urwerk never stops to amaze. I only wish they introduce more color variations: e.g. royal blue with golden digits would look awesome.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Some of your readers may remember prizes at the bottom of Cracker Jacks boxes.

  • MarcusMak

    Always being a fan of URWERK’s engineering & design DNA, however since MB&F were mentioned by some posters, i would still prefer MB&F as they combine traditional watchmaking with modern philosophy. Urwerk on closer examination present beautiful milled finishing. I just feel a little too industry finished piece of watch. No doubt UR105TA present a fresh approach in their arsenal.

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  • Shawnnny

    No red and black, no deal!

  • thornwood36

    This company annoys me

  • bichondaddy

    Maybe I can use my “old Jedi Mind Trick” to get them to send me the orange version for free!!! LOL

  • spiceballs

    CG  I’ll take the bike, thx – nice.

  • TobiasWuersch

    Why? I think its a matter of personal taste of like like their designs but at least they always try to do something diffrent.

  • shinytoys

    Fraser Petrick OUCH 🙂

  • shinytoys

    Love this company and their products.

  • thornwood36

    Difference is great. Without different the world would be a very boring. Which is exactly what I think about when looking at this particular time piece. The basic roots of the movement hasn’t changed from one difficult to read to piece to the next. Please excuse the phrase. But they are sooo far up their own arse to see it.

  • TobiasWuersch

    thornwood36 Yeah I think you have a point there. It seems like higher priced watches tend to be a lot more difficult to read. Just look at the Richard Mille RM 60-01 (featured on the site a few days ago) or something from MB&F.
    On the other side, such expensive pieces are far more than a device to read the time, they are a piece of art. I respect your opinion, but I would love to own something like the ur-105 or ur-210 just to stare at it (and wear it of course) 😉

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