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Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I wanted to say that the UR-CC1 “King Cobra” was one of the weirder Urwerk watches out there, but that is sort of like saying a guy with 3 arms is that much stranger than a guy with 5 arms. Urwerk timepieces have always been very different in style and appearance, but also provocative. Last year the brand finished developing their UR-CC1 watch that tells time via two linear dials. Based on the dashboard of some older cars, the watch tries to provide luxury, where there was once only utility. Urwerk not only knows that the UR-CC1 is unique, they even employ the uncommon method if mixing luxury watches and comics to market the collection (both the King Cobra and black version – the Black Cobra).

This is the second time I’ve covered the Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra watch – for tech specs, innards, and other details like that, see my previous post here. Telling the time in neon green on linear scales feels like something that is best matched to a Playstation racing game versus white gold. Though once you get the hang of reading the time starting with the minutes than the hours on the little bars – the watch isn’t so bad. The seconds are indicated on the top of the case in two ways. One, on a spiral and scale fit for Fibonacci, and the other via a connected numeral disc adjacent to it.

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

From the side the watch looks too much like a Kukri blade – the ‘cutting edge’ of Nepal. I wonder if the Nepalese people have to deal with any Cobra snakes. Probably not any Urwerk King Cobras. The UR-CC1 is limited to just 5o pieces, so models showing up there is an unlikely proposition. The strange shape of the watch does help with its wrist resting. It is actually quite massive and heavy given its gold case. Available in a gray or black gold alloy, the case looks like a bent rectangle – though it does have its ergonomic charms.

For the UR-CC1 Urwerk experimented with a honeycomb design for parts of the movement. A view through the sapphire crystal on the side of the case helps illustrate this. As always Urwerk outstands with its movement designs, engineering, and finishing. While the King Cobra is good looking and cool, it doesn’t feel like a traditional luxury watch. Which is weird because it is so well made, complex, and in gold. So what is wrong with it? Well that is hard to point out. I have a feeling the watch look too much like an early 1980s calculator in gold – at least thematically. This is what Bill Gates would if he was an emperor of Microsoftopia.

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What you really have is a true luxury instrument. It is luxury in the sense excess and lack of necessity are luxurious, but it is a instrument all the same. Marginally useful, but it still has its uses. It is a toy for those who like expensive toys. No one looking for a “men’s accessory” is gonna pick up one of these. When I met with Urwerk I think they did tell me the price of the limited edition UR-CC1. To be honest I forgot the price, but at the same time it makes little different. In the healthy six figures, most people can’t afford the watch, and that pretty much sums it up. I love that Urwerk does this stuff and works hard to make their dreams real. True micro mechanical geniuses, they create amazing things – perhaps with intentional limited appeal.

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  • Kris C.

    1st things 1st: how cool is this? I’m not sure, my cool-o-meter went off the scale. But it’s heavy in the cool department. I love the case design and colour schemes.

    Yes, I have to suggest something be different (were I ever to spend more on a watch than I did my house, I certainly would not look at it and think “xyz should have been done differently”. It would be immaculate), but thats just me.

    The case is in either grey or black gold. Am I alone in thinking they just look like polished and DLC steel? I am not resisting the use of gold, but you can’t say that you would see either on a wrist and guess gold first. Also, the leather strap is taking away from the tech feel the watch has, and also the comic. Too organic for the feel they are trying (quite successfully) to obtain. In looking at it close, I really don’t see how a bracelet would work properly – it would require some interesting design. But maybe a textured silicone or carb on fibre strap would have finished this off a little more appropriately. The leather is very nice, but just looks out of place on this wrist robot.

  • It’s very cool, yet very, very geeky at the same time. I’m a bit unsure who buys this watch. One would expect the market for a $300K-ish watch that looks like a Star Trek prop is quite small. 50 pieces may be too many. It’s so gadget like that it doesn’t look solid-gold luxe to me at all. If one didn’t know the status of the watch, you’d think it was something you’d pick up on tokyoflash_dot_com for $150.

  • Witch Watch

    ” I have a feeling the watch look too much like an early 1980s calculator in gold”, Nail on the head! Urwerk produce some of the craziest looking genius,bizarre watches out there. This one knocks the classic(did i just say that??) 103(the first Urwerk i ever saw) into a cocked hat. It’s NUTS!

  • Meehna Goldsmith

    This watch is actually based off of a concept by Louis Cottier, which was bought and prototyped by Patek Philippe, but never produced. And, you need a couple of numbers in that six figures to get one. I think it’s around $268K. Venomous to the pocketbook indeed.


  • Ulysses31

    More Livefyre bugs, huh?  Too easy.  Anyway, the watch is very neat.  It’d take a while to learn how to tell the time on it quickly but you could get used to it.  The design reminds me of old fashioned transistor radios, back when they were well-made and stylish products.