GPHG 2014 - “Mechanical Exception” & “Innovation” Prizes Both Awarded to Urwerk

November 2014

On Friday evening, at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Urwerk was honored with both the “Mechanical exception” and “Innovation” prizes for the brand’s Black EMC timepiece.

“We are all so proud and so happy at Urwerk. These prizes are of huge importance for us. We are an independent maison horlogère and for more than 15 years now, we have been striving to express our own vision of fine watchmaking.
At Urwerk, we have a strong belief that the history of haute horogerie is a constantly evolving art. So we welcome these awards as a recognition of our work and of our approach,” declares Felix Baumgartner, master-watchmaker and co-founder of Urwerk.

Felix Baumgartner accepting the “Mechanical Exception” Prize at the GPHG 2014
Felix Baumgartner accepting the “Mechanical Exception” Prize at the GPHG 2014

Entirely conceived, developed and created by Urwerk, EMC (for Electro Mechanical Control) is the world’s first 100% mechanical, high precision watch enabling its owner to monitor the movement’s timing rate.
Moreover, EMC also enables simple adjustment of the timing to suit the daily rhythm and lifestyle of its owner.

"We have created a timepiece in which the subtleties of its mechanical precision are not just laid bare, but can be nuanced and perfected by the beholder. The information supplied by the electronics, coupled with ease of fine tuning, allows complete chronometric personalization of the timing.” Felix Baumgartner

Urwerk EMC Black
Urwerk EMC Black

In addition to EMC’s conventional indications – hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve indicator – is added a completely original performance indicator display, delta/δ, which is activated on demand by a push of a button.
This patented, ultra-high precision, performance indicator, is a world first. And the wearer can then easily adjust the movement’s precision (rate) by simply turning a screw on the back. EMC offers the horological Holy Grail: ultimate precision for each individual owner.

At its heart, EMC offers triple functionality; showing how external parameters (positional changes, temperature and pressure) influence the timing of the movement, enabling the wearer to correct these timing variations by adjusting the rate for the best chronometric performance possible and facilitating interactivity between the timepiece and its owner – the wearer of the watch also becomes its regulator.

Source: Urwerk