One for the Star Wars fans: The Urwerk EMC Timehunter White Ceramic “Stormtrooper”
Plus, other watch news for this month.
No bones about it
After 10 years of working the skull and crossbones into its signature BR 01 case, it’s about time Bell & Ross updated the presentation of this motif. The new BR 01 Cyber Skull is modern, architectural and perfectly suited to this new decade. Gone are the exposed bezel screws and flat, rounded square case. Replacing them is a faceted case in matte black ceramic and inside it is a similarly sculpted skull on and through which the balance spring and barrel can be seen. Additionally, the crossbones are now inside the case and form part of the movement. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces.
Over the moon
Now that Hermes has proven how creative it can be with the moonphase complication in the Arceau L’Heure De La Lune, it can afford to show a little love to Arceau Grande Lune, its more conventional execution. The generously sized watch retains its 43mm stainless steel case, moon phase and triple calendar complications, and is refreshed for the new decade with an updated dial colour and dial textures. The blue face – now with a sunburst finish and a stamped concentric pattern – is paired with a matching alligator strap and is powered by a self-winding movement offering 42 hours of autonomy. A contemporary take on an old fan favourite.
Empire state of mind
When it comes to horological geekery, Urwerk’s EMC movement is hard to beat. It’s a hybrid mechanical movement that also has an electrical dynamo you can power via a hand crank. In doing so, the wearer can measure and adjust the rate of their movement. This year, all that serious machinery will be available in a more light-hearted presentation: the Urwerk EMC Timehunter White Ceramic “Stormtrooper”. That’s right, the brand’s first white watch was inspired by the Star Wars franchise’s famous space soldiers. However, fans will have to move quickly as only five pieces have been produced.