If You’ve Ever Wondered What The Love Child Of A Reverso And A Tyrannosaurus Rex Might Look Like: Presenting The Urwerk UR-T8 ‘Transformer’ (Live Photos + Video)

Quill & Pad
Jan 15, 2017 · 5 min read

by Ian Skellern

It’s no exaggeration to say that here at Quill & Pad we are big fans of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (see Why I Bought My Wife An Engraved Reverso Classique . . . And Why You Shouldn’t (Even Though I’m Happy) and Why I Bought It: Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute To Reverso 1931).

Naturally, the concept of a haute horlogerie watch that you can flip over while on the wrist so as to protect the crystal and dial from damage while playing robust sports like polo is an enticing one.

But, thought Urwerk’s Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei (they didn’t really think this, but it makes for a better story, doesn’t it?), the Reverso covers polo players, but what about people involved in really dangerous activities like rodeo riders and stunt men?

What they need is a watch that when flipped over protects like the hide of a Tyrannosaurus Rex . . . in titanium!

Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

Urwerk UR-T8 Black
Urwerk UR-T8 Black

Urwerk UR-T8 Black

Presenting the Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

Urwerk UR-T8 in the process of reversing
Urwerk UR-T8 in the process of reversing

Urwerk UR-T8 in the process of reversing

As Frei explains, “Our UR-T8 of course recalls the Reverso watches, we have unstructured the concept to create a genuine Urwerk model. The UR-T8 features all the characteristics that we have made our own: the huge crown, the organically shaped sapphire crystal glass, the textured case that invites your touch, a strong personality, and a recognizable visual signature.”

Urwerk UR-T8 at the halfway stage of reversing the case
Urwerk UR-T8 at the halfway stage of reversing the case

Urwerk UR-T8 at the halfway stage of reversing the case

Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-color transforming
Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-color transforming

Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-Color in the process of transforming

Satellite within satellite system

Assembling a UR-T8 at Urwerk's atelier in Geneva
Assembling a UR-T8 at Urwerk's atelier in Geneva

Assembling a UR-T8 at Urwerk’s atelier in Geneva

The carousels within which the planetary gearing rotates are made from aluminum and titanium for maximum strength and rigidity for minimum mass.

Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

Back of the Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-color
Back of the Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-color

Back of the Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-Color

Turbine-regulated winding

Reversible case

Felix Baumgartner modeling the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Felix Baumgartner modeling the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Felix Baumgartner modeling the Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

A clever security mechanism ensures that the case cannot be lowered back into position unless perfectly oriented to avoid jamming or scratching. And that perfect position is easy to find because it can be clearly felt.

Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Reversing the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

It’s when operating the reversing case that you can feel the quality of the mechanism: it is engineered like a Mercedes S Class.

The “8” in T8 comes from the fact that the case plots a figure 8 course as it lifts, rotates, and descends.

Urwerk UR-T8 on the wrist, protective shield side up
Urwerk UR-T8 on the wrist, protective shield side up

Urwerk UR-T8 on the wrist with the protective shield side up

The UR-T8 does not just transform itself from a piece of fine watchmaking displaying the time to a masculine shield against anything that may try to hurt it; it also represents the end of one era and the transformation of Urwerk toward a new one.

The pushers left and right release the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer" enabling it to be reversed
The pushers left and right release the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer" enabling it to be reversed

The pushers left and right release the case of the Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer,” enabling it to be reversed

After two decades of creating a fantastic collection of timepieces unified by their satellite indications, Urwerk is now developing watches that will indicate time in other ways. More on that will be revealed at Baselworld 2017.

Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

The Urwerk UR-T8 is the Reverso for those playing rougher sports than polo!

Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"
Urwerk UR-T8 "Transformer"

Urwerk UR-T8 “Transformer”

Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-Color
Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-Color

Urwerk UR-T8 Bi-Color

For more information on the UR-T8, please visit https://www.urwerk.com/en/.

Quick Facts
Movement: Caliber UR 8.01, automatic winding with pneumatic regulation
Indications: hours and minutes via double rotating planetary gears
Case: 60 x 48 x 20 mm, grade 5 titanium, reversible, water resistance 30 meters
Limitation: 30 pieces in natural titanium, 30 pieces in two-tone black PVD and natural titanium
Price: 100,000 Swiss francs (tax excluded)

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