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URWERK tracks distance traveled through time and space

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URWERK has added a steel and titanium watch to its UR-100 series that not only tells you the time on earth, but also reveals how far we are traveling through space every 20 minutes.

In addition to URWERK’s usual satellite configuration telling the time with wandering hours and minutes, the UR-100V Iron has a scale showing 555 kilometres.

The minute hand sweeps across that scale in 20 minutes, the 555km distance that you would travel if you are standing on the earth’s equator.

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On the other side of the watch, the minute hand tracks a scale of 35,740km every 20 minutes, the distance our planet travels around the sun in that time.

 

The idea for the watch came from an antique clock made by Gustave Sandoz for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1893. “Instead of showing the time, it showed the distance travelled by a point on the equator,” explains URWERK’s co-founder, Felix Baumgartner.

It is powered by a self-winding UR 12.02 movement housed in a titanium and steel case measuring 41mm wide by 49.7mm long and 14mm high.

It goes on sale this month for CHF 48,000.

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