Urban Jürgensen ‘THE Alfred’ - in tune with the times

17.10.2017

The Alfred

Urban Jürgensen watches reflect classic design, restrained elegance, and quiet confidence. Their beauty is the result of a long-lasting passion for uncompromising artisanship.

Each piece is crafted with the belief that perfection is seldom the product of haste and that only an unwavering commitment to excellence can inspire emotion in those who will wear them.

Named in tribute to Jacques Alfred Jürgensen, the last watchmaker of the Jurgensen family, the new Alfred model distils the best of the brand’s century-old tradition and simultaneously ads a touch of modernity to its collections.

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The iconic case with teardrop shape lugs is fashioned out of stainless steel and opts for a modern 42 mm diameter. Each lug is individually forged, meticulously hand-finished and soldered to the watch case in a way which makes the soldering lines invisible to the naked eye. Its finely polished convex bezel frames a domed sapphire crystal. The recessed, fluted crown is engraved with the Urban Jürgensen logo.

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Its ‘Grenage’ dial is a manifestation of elaborate craftsmanship. ‘Grenage’ is a traditional, time-consuming technique that aims at obtaining a silvery, frosted surface with remarkable depth and granularity. This rare finishing is patiently honed by hand from a single piece of solid silver. The Urban Jürgensen numerals and other inscriptions on the dial are engraved and the recesses are filled with lacquer. The dial is then brushed to remove the excess of material and to smooth its surface using powders, salts, and oil which makes each dial unique.

The understated elegance of the dial is paired with distinctive hands. Entirely handcrafted, a single set requires some 50 manufacturing steps and over a day of work; the surfaces are patiently finished, the steel arms are thermally blued, the eye of the hour hand is mirror-polished.

These hands are advanced precisely by the Urban Jürgensen Caliber P4 with manual winding. Displaying small seconds at 6 o’clock, this twin barrel caliber runs at 21’600 vibrations per hour with a 72h autonomy. Finished to the ambitious Urban Jurgensen standards, it can be admired through the exhibition case-back. The P4 caliber is decorated with Geneva stripes radiating from the balance wheel and perlage. The full balance bridge is openwork and the contours of the bridges are underscored with superb manual chamfering. Jewel sinks and recesses are finely polished and the screws are thermally blued.

The Alfred is worn on a brown leather strap finished off with contrast white stitch is carefully sewn by hand. Made with the finest calf leather, it has a very natural and soft feel and its colour tends to change as the strap ages.

The Alfred is true to the brand’s legacy in creating classics but with a modern twist. Authentic, original and crafted with exacting attention to details, it is simply in tune with the times.

MEET THE MAKERS

The Alfred is available for sale directly from Urban Jürgensen. Buyers will have the opportunity to collect their watches directly from the company’s new atelier in Bienne, Switzerland, at a quarterly rendezvous hosted by the company’s CEO, Søren Jenry Petersen, who will personally hand over the finished watches and introduce the buyers to the craftsmen who have spent months working on them.

It will be an opportunity for the company to explain its unique “grenage” dial finish, the intricacy of its hour and minute hands, which are assembled and finished by hand, as well as our in-house P4 manually wound mechanical movement.

The Alfred is priced *€14,300 + VAT

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