Get one before they go extinct: introducing the Urwerk T-Rex

These guys are crazy and I kinda like it

If you had all the money in the world to spend on a watch, what would you buy? Probably not an Urwerk. Or maybe you would, who knows. The great thing about watches is that if you're into the hobby, you can be equally satisfied with a £10 watch (Casio F91W) as you would be with a £10,000 watch. That's because watches, just like cars and bikes and other things, are all about visceral feelings, in a way.

I love wearing my Vostok Komandirskie, a watch that looks like it was salvaged from the bottom of the ocean and it only cost me around £30, because it's a bit unusual, a bit different. The reason I love Urwerk is their watches are mad and they're unapologetic about it. This particular piece is called the T-Rex and it is the latest addition to their UR-100 collection.

The 41 mm solid bronze case incorporates satellite wandering hours and a self-winding movement, which vibrates at 28,800 vph and comes with a 48-hour power reserve. It also features one extra complication, Urwerk's party piece, which is used to measure how in the Universe you've travelled while wearing the watch.

Here's how it works: the indicator at the 9 o'clock shows a scale of 555.55 km, which is the distance you travel every 20 minutes if you are standing on the Equator. The opposite indicator shows a scale of 35,740 km, which is the distance travelled by the Earth around the Sun every 20 minutes. Don't cheat, that doesn't count as exercise.

Only 22 pieces will ever be built, each with a CHF50,000 price tag (£41,300) not including taxes.

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Comments (10)

  • That’s an intriguing piece of case art, pity it’s bronze and costs more than a carbon fiber prosthetic leg.

      1 month ago
    • the fact that production is limited to 22 pieces is a good thing. It sort of relieves us of the semiconscious moral/psychological burden of having to decide whether we like it or not. It's our like brain is automatically telling us "it's ok to...

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        1 month ago
    • Usually the retail price determines what I “like”, especially for engineered and manufactured goods where I’m familiar with the process and supply chain. I’m just surprised they limited production quantity when they’d definitely sell...

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        1 month ago
  • Get one before they go extinct: introducing the Urwerk T-Rex 🦖 @tribe

      1 month ago
  • 😐🦕

      1 month ago
  • I’m confused. Did the watch displayed on your wrist cost £30 or £41,300?

      1 month ago
    • The £41,300 watch you see in every picture here (not my wrist, these pictures were provided by the manufacturer) is made by a brand called Urwerk. The £30 Vostok Komandirskie (referenced in the analogy) is a different watch, not pictured....

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        1 month ago
    • Thanks for the clarification. The used Vostok at £30 was a great buy!

        1 month ago
  • I want one purely because it says ‘planetary turbine’ on the back. That’s enough. Take my money.

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