MECHANICAL WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Urban Jurgensen Alfred 42mm

Urban Jurgensen Alfred White Background

Few watchmakers sweat over the tiniest details like Urban Jürgensen. It speaks with reverence about the teardrop shape lugs on the 42mm stainless case of its brand new Alfred, perhaps because it is named after Jacques Alfred Jürgensen,  the last watchmaker of the Jurgensen family to work in the business.

The dial also rewards the closest inspection. It is made using the grenage technique that has its lacquer numerals and other inscriptions recessed into a single piece of silver before being polished smooth using powers, salts and oils. The Alfred’s distinctive hands are also handcrafted, with a single set needing some 50 manufacturing steps and over a day of work to bring them to their blued, mirrored finish.

Under the hood is a Jürgensen  Caliber  P4  that can be seen through a sapphire glass case back. The watch retails for €14,200 (£12,750) and can be collected in person from Urban Jürgensen’s new atelier in Bienne, Switzerland, where customers will also be taken on a tour of the atelier.

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