The analog dials and displays used to fly NASA’s 40-year-old space shuttle have inspired new avant-garde watches.
The UR-100V P.02 watch, presented on Tuesday (July 20), combines the unique approach of the Swiss watchmaker Urwerk to time display with the aesthetics of the pilot’s cockpit of the Enterprise space shuttle. This watch is the result of a partnership between Urwerk and Collective Horology, a watchmaking club from Silicon Valley, and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, which exhibits the former Enterprise.
“I knew they wanted to create a classic space shuttle in black and white and the like,” said Eric Boehm, Aviation Curator at Intrepid, about Urwerk co-founder and chief designer Martin Frey. “I see looking at [Enterprise’s] the instruments that Martin got his inspiration from. “
“I’m a huge fan of the cockpit and the tools that come with it,” Frey said. “I can look at it as an aesthetic language that serves more than just pilots. For me it really is a style. “
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If you are not already familiar with Frey’s work, the appearance of the UR-100V P.02 can be confusing at first, unlike any other wristwatch you’ve seen before. Instead of the traditional hands pointing to a single set of digital markers around the dial, Urwerk watches use orbiting satellites to display the hour, while the hands indicate minutes and other data.
“The only thing I want people to feel when they look at this is research and whatever they are brave about,” Frey said. “When you have an item from everyday life and you make it look different – timing works differently – it somehow shows you that things can be different. It can look different, but it can also work differently and can carry you and make you go into space. “
Earlier UR-100 models used a clock mechanism to determine the position of the Earth in the solar system. In the UR-100V P.02, the owner can get an idea of what it was like to put the space shuttle into orbit and return to the runway for landing.
“You have these two additional side markers on the sides, which we use to represent space travel on one side and travel back to Earth on the other,” Frey said.
In addition to the minute-by-minute guidance, these holes show the approximate location of the space shuttle at each stage of launch and landing (exact times varied from mission to mission). Minutes marked in green represent a spaceship on Earth. Blue means the shuttle is moving across the Earth’s sky or lower atmosphere. Red represents the upper atmosphere, while black represents time in space in low Earth orbit.
“When you get your hands on P.02,” Boehm said, “you have an immediate impulse to watch the complication of the hour of wandering play out. As you watch a hand wander through a typical space shuttle launch sequence, you can really think about what seven minutes sitting on top of a rocket should be like. “
The manual included with the UR-100V P.02 not only explains how to read and use the watch, but also delves into some of the shuttle flight details.
“What we love and what we find exciting is that a watch is a creative canvas on which to tell stories. We do not fancy ourselves as watch designers, but because of our marketing experience, we really do consider ourselves storytellers, ”said Asher Rapkin. , who co-founded Collective Horology with Gabe Reilly.
The UR-100V P.02 commemorates the 40th anniversary of NASA’s space shuttle program, which first reached space in 1981. The last and 135th mission returned from space 10 years ago on Wednesday (July 21).
Available exclusively for sale Collective watchmaking the sale of the UR-100V P.02, limited to only 20 units and priced at $ 62,500, will also help ensure Intrepid can take care of the Enterprise space shuttle for years to come.
“We and Goldsmith & Complications, an Authorized Dealer, are going to donate a total of $ 50,000 of proceeds from this project to the company. Fearless Museum to ensure that stories of Enterprise courage and innovation are told for generations to come, ”Rapkin said.
“I was thrilled to help bring the P.02 to life,” Boehm said, “drawing inspiration from the instrumentation in the Enterprise’s cockpit to help tell the story of some of the most dramatic moments of the shuttle program.”
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