While this isn’t the all-black UR-110 Torperdo watch from URWERK (that I discussed hands-on here), this is a special limited edition version closer to that with a black coated dial and caseback. The original version was in naked titanium. It looked interesting but many people claimed that it looked a bit unfinished. Eagerly awaiting a black-coated model, URWERK has now presented this UR-110 ZrN Torpedo model to us. The black coated dial does look very nice – especially with its red and electric green elements. Rather than a black case front, it is now titanium coated with Zirconium Nitride (ZrN).
The result is a color that looks a bit like champagne. Because of this URWERK calls the watch the Torpedo “Champagne Supernova.” With such a lofty title, I do hope that the watch does not live up to its highly destructive name. Imagine the bubbles and pieces of cork being hurled millions of light years in each direction.
Limited to just 12 pieces the UR-110 ZrN Torpedo Champagne Supernova will be available at just four retail locations around the world. Price is $135,000 (105,000 Swiss Francs).
Technical Specifications UR-110 ZrN Torpedo
An Édition Spéciale of just 12 pieces available exclusively from Chronopassion (Paris), Marcus (London), The Hour Glass (Singapore) and Westime (Los Angeles).
Grade 5 titanium with bezel in 316L sandblasted stainless steel treated with *Zirconium Nitride
Dimensions: 47mm x 51mm x 16mm
Two-position winding crown with cover
Water resistance: Pressure tested to 3 ATM
Calibre: UR 9.01 self-winding
Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz
Balance spring: Flat
Power: Single mainspring barrel
Power reserve: 39 hours
Winding system: Unidirectional winding rotor coupled to twin turbines
Finish: Circular graining and diamond polishing
Chamfered and polished screw heads
Revolving satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears
Control Board: Day/Night indicator; “Oil Change” indicator and running seconds
*Please note that ZrN (Zirconium Nitride) is an industrial treatment that can result in variations in and the color/hue on the bezel and between individual models.