Rather timely in respect to the first space tourists taking off, the Urwerk UR-100V P.02 pays tribute to the experience of piloting a rocket with a dial that tracks the typical launch and landing sequences of the Space Shuttle Program in minutes.
Now this is quite an exclusive piece: Urwerk created the piece for Collective, a California-based watch-collecting group founded by two Facebook executives, Asher Rapkin and Gabe Reilly, who shared a love of the art of timekeeping.
The Urwerk UR-100V P.02 is limited to just 20 pieces at $62,500 each and available only to Collective members. Its apertures reveal the approximate location of the space shuttle at each phase of launch and landing. Green indicates the shuttle on earth, while blue notates the shuttle traveling through Earth’s sky or lower atmosphere. Finally, red signals the moment the shuttle has reached the upper atmosphere and black registers time in space.
The UR-100V, which debuted in 2020 following the UR-100 launch, tracked kilometers traveled on the equator in 20 minutes and the kilometers the earth covered around the sun in the same period. Collective’s latest version uses two lateral apertures to track the timing of both take-off and landing for the Space Shuttle. A custom-made manual provides great detail into that process, allowing the wearer to experience the same period of time that an astronaut might have when launching or landing a mission.
“We loved Urwerk’s use of orbiting satellite hours and minute hands for the UR-100 SpaceTime launched in 2019, but we saw an opportunity to tell a different story,” says Reilly in a statement. “If Urwerk were to create a watch that was a tribute to the space shuttle prototype, Enterprise, what would that be?”