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Urban Jürgensen - A flair for details

Urban Jürgensen A flair for details

Beneath their apparent simplicity, Urban Jürgensen watches harbor a wealth of expertise.

Since 1773, time has ticked by at Urban Jürgensen in step with handcrafted artisanship dedicated to creating exceptional timepieces. The aesthetic maintained by this centuries-old brand is resolutely classic and applies to the making of its exclusive dials and the fi nishing of its movements. The latter are indeed all exclusive and display sophisticated mechanical prop- erties on a par with the meticulous appearance of its timepieces.

Extreme care

Issued in a 30-piece limited edition, the new Reference 1140 PT Blue is entirely in tune with these guiding principles. Beneath its apparent sim- plicity lies a wealth of expertise. All the components of this watch are crafted in keeping with the noblest traditions, which implies taking time for time… The dial alone requires over 1,700 operations and no less than two full days of meticulous hand work on a guilloché lathe to create the barleycorn pattern, along with the checkered motif adorning the small seconds subdial. The dial is in one-piece solid fi ne silver that is treated to a velvet blue color that imbues it with a distinctive personality. The hands are also entirely handmade in white gold, and require infi nite accuracy right the way through to the fi nal polish. Inspired by the historical pocket-watches produced by the Maison, the large Arabic numerals call upon skills mastered by very few contemporary artisans. They are sculpted from white gold and expertly polished so as to give them a subtle yet perceptible sense of depth and impressive radiance.
These elements are framed by a platinum case, to which Urban Jürgensen has applied its hallmark teardropshaped lugs that soften the curves of the 40mm case. The alligator strap is secured by a platinum folding clasp matching the case material.

Mechanical excellence

Beating inside the 110 PT Blue is UJ Caliber P4, a mechanical hand-wound movement based on a Swiss lever escapement and operating at the frequency of 21,600 vph. It is powered by twin barrels ensuring a 72-hour power reserve. The superlative level of decoration and fi nishing on this movement includes sunburst Geneva stripes radiating from the heart of the balance, while the bridge holding the balance is openworked to highlight this motif. The outlines of the other bridges feature hand-beveled and polished contours, while likewise beveled and pol- ished blued screws coexist with jewels driven into countersunk mirror-polished holes.

Hot and cold

Reference 1140 also appears in an entirely diff erent chromatic interpre- tation, with the cool gray and blue gleam of platinum replaced by the warmth of rose gold in the 1140 RG Brown. Also driven by the UJ Caliber P4, this model is distinguished by a dial on which the guilloché silver base plate has been treated so as to achieve a soft velvety shade of chestnut brown, teamed with an alligator leather strap in the same hue. The choice of retaining the original thermally blued hands creates an irresist- ibly refi ned contrast. The hand-fi tted diamond-polished rose gold eye in the cut-out tip of the hours hand has earned it the French nickname “à pomme” (apple). Together with the rose gold center bushings, it perfectly matches and echoes that of the case.

1140 PT Blue
Case: 950 platinum, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30m
Diameter: 40mm
Movement : mechanical manual-winding, Caliber P4, twin barrels, 72h power reserve ; hours, minutes, small seconds
Dial : blue-treated silver, hand-guilloché with barleycorn and checkered motif, white gold hands
Strap: blue alligator leather, platinum folding clasp

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1140 PT Blue © Urban Jürgensen

1140 RG Brown
Case: 18K rose gold, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30m
Diameter: 40mm
Movement: mechanical manual-winding, Caliber P4, twin barrels, 72h power reserve; hours, minutes, small seconds
Dial: chestnut brown- treated silver, hand- guilloché with barleycorn and checkered motif, blued red gold hands
Strap: chestnut brown alligator leather, red gold folding clasp

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1140 RG Brown © Urban Jürgensen

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