This new series of watches by Urban Jurgensen, the Jules Collection, just blows us away with the subtle elegance of its presence and restrained case designs. When you add that to a beautiful dial, crystal and hands, in house movement it certainly punches above its modest price position by weight!
With a domed crystal and hand turned convex-concave case with teardrop lugs it is almost hard to imagine a watch from any brand that compares for its beautiful lines. The lathe is not where it leaves the maker’s hands as it is then hand polished for many hours and the perfect home for the exquisite hand made silver engraved grenage dial.
The dial is made of a piece of solid silver in the fashion and with the techniques of dials of the 1800’s. It requires many hours to cut the dial properly of one piece of silver, then covered with ultra-precise engravings. The numbers, markings and other distinguishing attributes are then filled with lacquer and hardened. This is followed by polishing with diamond paper and a layer-by-layer application of salts, silvers and other secret chemicals in an electro chemical reaction to give the final grainy deep matte surface.
The brilliant moon phase at twelve o’clock and the crafted and gold polished hands create a whole that is far superior to the sum of its parts.
This not to omit the 31 jewel precision engine that drives this beautiful timepiece. The P4 base movement is heavily modified to accommodate the moon phase and long power reserve with a double barrel system that assures sixty hours of autonomy before you must interact with the crown again. The UJ Jules collection is a gateway into the world of haute horology that is as easy on your wrist as it is on your wallet and certainly has etched its way into a future classic.
The condition of the watch is very near Mint and we would characterize it as only have been worn a few times as can be seen in the high res photos.
Case: 40mm, 5.74 “ultra thin” hand made
Complications: Date Moonphase, power reserve
Metal: 18k white gold
Dial: single piece silver Grenage dial, engraved, hand lacquered
Crystal: Domed sapphire, sapphire display back
Hands: blued steel, hand made
Strap: Alligator Skin