Urwerk EMC – The Pistol18 November 2015
The EMC watch, constructed by the URWERK company, is a milestone in luxury watchmaking as the first and only mechanical watch in which the rate can be checked electronically at any time simply by pressing a button. The 2014 Geneva Grand Prix d’Horlogerie awarded the EMC two first prizes in the “exceptional mechanism” and the “innovation” categories.
The Urwerk EMC – The Pistol has brought together the leading craftsmen and the most skilled hands to do justice to these five unique watches. Florian Güllert (specialized in engraving firearms) was responsible for the engraving, Joséphine and Sylviane (specialized in crafting high-grade leather straps) took care of the leather work for the strap while URWERK’s artistic director, Martin Frei, and master-watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner, have unstintingly given of their best to create this watch. The EMC Pistol is the fruit of this exceptional alliance.
The EMC has the aspect of a control panel with four separate dials. Prominent is the seconds dial at 2 o’clock. This is one of the key elements of the EMC that serves as the benchmark of its rate and accuracy. To its left at 10 o’clock, the rate is indicated in seconds a day. Below, at 8 o’clock is the 80 hour power-reserve indicator. The hours and minutes are shown conventionally by hands at 5 o’clock, a new departure for URWERK. The EMC’s movement can be seen at the back through a sapphire-crystal glass.