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Tony Stark Urwerk UR-110RG for Auction

Take the opportunity to bid for this superhero watch featured in one of the most popular movies “Iron Man” and worn by the actor Robert Downey Jr. who played Tony Stark.

Apr 03, 2018 | By Andrea Sim

Urwerk UR-110RG | Images courtesy of Urwerk/Jimmy Rich

Tony Stark Urwerk UR-110RG for Auction

Released for the first time through a big screen debut in “Spiderman: Homecoming”, this Urwerk UR-110RG was once worn by Robert Downey Jr. in a film and will be one of the major highlights of the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN, taking place on May 12-13, in Geneva.

Organised by Philip auction, public will get an opportunity to acquire the superhero’s watch, featured in one of the most popular movies of the past decade, in order to help raise funds for Manusodany, a non-profit organisation which helps fund development projects for disadvantaged individuals of Haiti. Accompanied by the original box and papers as it is with all Urwerk watches sold at auction, the buyer of this watch will also receive a complementary service on the watch.

This fine and rare watch model was described by Urwerk’s CEO, Felix Baumgartner as “one of those unexpected stories that make life such a thrill… with my team, we often give our watches nicknames. Blade Runner and Godzilla are both names we use internally for some of our watches but nothing really stuck to the UR-110 until we received this unbelievable proposition.

“Our UR-110 on the wrist of Tony Stark! A character that is eccentric and passionate about science, and totally cool. That’s exactly the kind of person we wanted for this watch, but he’s the one who found us.”

The UR-110RG is made in very limited numbers and the brand has been long admired for their innovative, avant-garde designs inspired by space travel, illustrated by the revolving satellite complication with wandering hour modules mounted on planetary gears. In fact, the UR-110RG Titanium was an award-winning piece, which took home the Best Design prize at the 2011 edition of the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève.

Shown regularly on Tony Stark’s wrist, and in one particular scene, the UR-110 is used as a functional gadget for Iron Man.

According to the Swiss watchmaker, one of the major challenges posed by this complication is “working out the optimal architecture for supporting the central carousel and the rotating hour modules. We finally opted for a technical solution that is radically different from any of our other creations: instead of ball bearings, a fixed axis runs the full height of the watch, providing maximum rigidity and minimum play. The whole complication is perfectly balanced on this axis.”

The UR-110 continues urwerk’s radical tradition of telling the time using orbiting satellite complications with time telling on the right-hand side.

Encased within a black coated Grade 5 titanium case, with red gold bezel and water resistant up to 3 ATM, the UR-110RG features a UR-9.01 self-winding Calibre with 46 jewels, unidirectional winding rotor coupled to twin turbines system, small seconds on a sub dial and day and night indicator marked by a rotating disk with dark Super-LumiNova® on marker for the night and white for the day and a striped mix for dusk/dawn.

Running on a power reserve of 39 hours, the watch presents a brilliant new take on the revolving satellite complication with wandering hour modules and it features also two-position winding crown with integrated protection.

Please visit the official websites of Philips Auction and urwerk for more details on the watch.

(Source: Philips Auction)

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