Urwerk Stormtrooper: This Is Undoubtedly the First Stormtrooper-Impressed Luxurious Watch We have Ever Seen
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The clock: Urwerk’s Stormtrooper-inspired EMC TimeHunter
The best thing about this watch: This white ceramic version of Urwerk’s EMC TimeHunter model is inspired by Star Wars’ unfortunate Imperial lackeys. Stormtroopers are by nature anonymous, unified defenders of the Empire – but every now and then a special one comes along and breaks the mold. Much like John Boyega’s Finn in the latest trilogy, this new Stormtrooper-inspired watch from Urwerk is anything but ordinary.
The backstory: As the artefact clocks Area 51 designed by them clearly show, the Urwerk founders Feliz Baumgartner and Martin Frei are science fiction fanatics. Star Wars in particular has already been an executive on some of the brand’s pieces. The spaceship-shaped UR-220 was named the “Falcon Project” after Han Solo’s beloved Millennium Falcon, while a gold version of one of the brand’s earliest pieces was named C3PO. Stormtroopers weren’t exactly a threat to the galaxy, but much like a Brooklyn creative who launched a podcast this year, they looked great and stylish even when they failed. “The Stormtrooper was designed to be intimidating, but also to look super cool and super clean,” Urwerk said in a press release. The same pure white coating that made Stormtroopers look chic works on this beautiful EMC too.
And before you start morphing into ethical knots and wondering if you should wear a watch in support of evil Empire friends, Baumgartner and Frei have an answer. “Just like Luke Skywalker and our hero Han Solo in Stars Wars when they dressed in Stormtrooper armor to save Princess Leia,” the brand wrote. “The EMC Stormtrooper is 100% pure rebel inside.”
This piece is important in the world of watches because: If you suspected that EMC stands for “Electro Mechanical Control”, you got it. While the Urwerk EMC is a mechanically driven clock, an electronic circuit board buried next to the clockwork distinguishes this piece. The system helps monitor the accuracy of the watch and then spits the information out on the dials in the upper right corner of the watch. The first scale tells the wearer whether the mechanical time the watch is measuring is 15 seconds ahead or behind the watch, and the second measures the amplitude of the movement. Think of this as a control light for your watch. The beauty of all this Byzantine information on your wrist is that Urwerk provides instantly accessible knowledge that normally requires a visit to your local watchmaker to uncover. Urwerk has also added an adjustment screw to the back so that if the watch deviates from real time, the owner can play around with it until it is back on track. Or, as the Urwerk philosophers put it: “This allows the owner to adjust the time to his own lifestyle.”
Did you just convince me to buy a Stormtrooper-inspired 1: 5 clock valued at $ 129,000? Yes George Lucas, I did.
Where and when to buy it: The watch is now available online in various boutiques.