Urban Jürgensen Reference 1140L RG Brown Dial
Urban Jürgensen presents a rich, warm new model in the Jürgensen 1745 collection.
Those who were lucky enough to bump into Søren Jenry Peterssen, owner of Urban Jürgensen, at Les Ateliers at Baselworld this year, may already have had a chance to see this new watch. He had the new Reference 1140L in red gold with a brown dial with him to test the waters. Two months later, it is clear that the warmth of this new timepiece had appealed, as Urban Jürgensen now introduces it in the regular Jürgensen 1745 collection.
The new watch is every bit the classic, just as Urban Jürgensen has been producing them for over 240 years. In the brand-new workshops opened in Bienne this month, the craftsmen have little time for machines or production quotas. Things take their time, like the painstaking finishing of the distinctive hands, which are finished and polished by hand, with the signature eye in the hour hand in solid gold, which is press-fitted on to the steel shaft without the use of any adhesives and must therefore fit perfectly.
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It is a similar story for the new brown dial, which is produced using traditional engine turning techniques. Taking two full days of hand work and some 700 individual operations, each dial is given two distinct engine-turned patterns: grains d’orge (barleycorn) and guiloché damier (chessboard). Successive heat treatment and acid baths are used to develop the rich brown that contrasts so well with the warmth of the 18-carat red gold case.
Much hand finishing will remain forever hidden from view, however, visible only to the craftsman who assembles the in-house Urban Jürgensen P4 movement. This manually-wound calibre offers 72 hours of power reserve from two main-spring barrels and is adjusted to temperature and isochronism in five positions.
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Urban Jürgensen is one of very few watch brands that have a documented history of uninterrupted watch production that dates back over 250 years.Find out more
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