In the nineties, when my love for watches shifted from just an interest into an obsession, my friends and family knew me as a one brand guy. I followed the watch industry closely, but when it came to adding something to the collection, I always came home with my first love in watchmaking: Cartier. A habit that many guys have and that we see not only in the world of watches, but also with cameras and even cars. While my collection gave me loads of pleasure, and is definitely part of my personality, I felt a strong need to one day own something completely different. It had to be the opposite of what I was wearing, something new, less traditional and maybe more exotic and possibly even from a whole new brand.
Many of the independents we know today, were not established at that time. It was around the year 2000 that many young watchmakers left the established brands they worked for, to start their own brand. One of them was watchmaker Felix Baumgartner and his friend, Industrial designer Martin Frei who teamed up to start URWERK. Around 2004 when I discovered URWERK, the brand had just launched their third model: the UR-103 and while the first 103 touched me, it was the UR-103.03 that gave me sleepless nights. That really impossible curved and U shaped mineral glass, was something that attracted me the most and maybe even more than the discs that were turning around along the minute scale to tell the time.
Fifteen years ago, the fun was mostly on the front-side of a watch and the back was usually closed or had sometimes a display window to see the caliber. Not so with the URWERK UR-103. The fun continued on the back since there you could find the power reserve window, two indicators with minutes and seconds facilitating accurate time-setting and the fine adjustment, in case the watch would run too fast or too slow. With an URWERK everything is so different from what I was used to and that’s exactly what attracted me so much to the UR-103.03. For me it is a timepiece like no other watch in my collection and I still feel the same excitement when I strap on my UR-103.03, even after the 10 years of ownership.