An automatic watch with an oil change indicator
'All-black' Urwerk UR-200
Urwerk is an interesting in brand, in my opinion, because it creates timepieces that have something to say. This particular model is the latest (=second) iteration of the UR-220. They unveiled the carbon edition back in September and this is the blacked-out model, coming in a combination of aluminium, titanium and stainless steel.
Unlike the carbon model, which is built up in 81 layers of carbon, the All Black version is a lot simpler, as well as a little heavier (25% more) but some people, and I'm one of those people, will think that's a good thing because when I'm wearing a watch I want to feel the weight on my wrist. Am I mad? I don't know. Maybe.
The caseback features something you've probably never seen before in a watch: an oil change indicator. This rare and unique complication was first introduced with the UR-110 a few years ago and then put on hold for quite some time before making a comeback in this watch. This is how it works: when you pick up the watch, you remove a locking pin and press a button on the back of the watch. This will automatically start a countdown which is going to be running for 39 months. After 39 months, the watch will need servicing and the magicians at Urwerk will reset the counter and replace the locking pin.
Felix Baumgartner, the brand's co-founder, said this is a lot more than just a "numerical counter. It is an additional connection with your watch. The oil change indicator is witness to the time your watch has spent on your wrist. It’s also a visible record of the energy you have put into the movement by winding it regularly".
The UR-220 features Urwerk's flagship "wandering hours", which means the hours are grouped in fours on three rotating cubes at the end of a carousel arm made from aluminium, with a bronze counterweight. There's a two-stage power reserve indicator, comprised of 83 mechanical components, for a combined range of 48 hours.
The All Black comes with a leather strap with a titanium buckle and an.. adequate price tag. Mind you, when I say adequate what I actually mean is 'blo*dy expensive'. It's CHF 130,000.