Jorge Chapa

WIND POWERED WATCH: Urwerk UR-202

by , 05/01/08

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High-end watchmaker Urwerk is bringing new meaning to the term “small wind” by replacing the traditional self-winding mechanism in their UR-202 watch with miniature wind turbines. While this small scale turbine installation isn’t solving any energy crisis, it is a step towards better design, and a wind-driven move that extends the life of this distinctive timepiece. While we’ve seen wind turbine technology in many forms, from large, powerful designs that can power neighborhoods, to small hand-held devices that can charge your mobile gadgets, we can’t recall any innovation that used wind power in such a small (yet significant) detail.


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The UR-202 uses compressed air generated by the wind turbines to regulate the winding mechanism. With traditional self-winding watches use a slipping mainspring to prevent overwinding. The main rotor, which is constantly moving back and forth (as the user moves his arm), tends to wear as time goes on, due to the friction generated as it winds. What the turbines do is to regulate the velocity of the winding rotor to ensure that it doesn’t spin too fast, nor too slow. In principle, this will extend the life of the winding mechanism.

As we said, not exactly revolutionary in the big picture, but cool nonetheless. The watch is certainly distinctive enough, and has a number of features which make it quite interesting, and a little intimidating. We won’t lay claim to being watch experts, or even guess whether the extremely high price is justified, but we definitely like the idea of wind turbines being used in a watch. As well as the notion to get them into other gadgets.

+ Urwerk UR-202

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3 Comments

  1. TroyLemieur February 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t wear watches. I like my arms to weigh the same. This watch is pretty sick though. Love it.

  2. PaTrond May 1, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Some of the most stupid I\’ve ever seen after Bio-Fuel.. We already got kinetic watches. The design looks cool, ok and useless. The windturbine looks like it\’s coupled directly to a cogwheel, not for energy making..

    I\’ll rather stick to my Kinetic Omega. This wind-turbine watch is useless compared to kinetic watches.
    How does it work underwater..

    And: What on earth is the point with trying to find a recycleable power source on clocks? I mean; My former clock had a for 4years! A tiny, little round battery. This is some of the things on earth that uses less energy. Why not focus on things that aint already is better at recycling energy and is cheaper.

  3. olivierlalin May 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I do not wear watches anymore – have a tendency to find them quite boring overall until I came to this post.
    Beautiful piece of design coming from a very talented mind. So glad you did not put the price !

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