BIG8 | Ref. 8 | steel
(price excluding VAT)
The Big8 features an oversized 40 mm stainless steel case and the brand’s distinctive teardrop lugs and convex bezel. Forged separately from the case, the classic teardrop lugs are carefully heat-treated, hand-polished and individually soldered into place using mid-century horological methods, with no visible soldering line.
The hand-finished, traditionally engine-turned guilloché dial in Urban Jürgensen silver, requires up to 700 operations and two full days of hand craftsmanship to complete, and is manufactured from one piece of solid silver. This fine guilloche patterning creates a surface ‘shimmering’ effect, owing to a selection of carefully considered grain sizes and highly-complex, weaving patterns. The dial further features a circular brushed chapter ring, with Urban Jürgensen, hand-printed Roman numerals and patterned outer-minute track.
The handmade, solid white gold ‘Observatoire’ Urban Jürgensen hands are turned on a precision lathe, thermally blued (to Urban Jürgensen’s unique navy colour) and mirror-polished, with the arms of the hands carefully riveted in place, creating a unique visual effect reminiscent of early 18th and 19th century marine chronometers made by Urban Jürgensen. The “eye” of the hour hand is a solid gold insert, concentrically diamond polished and friction fit.
The upgraded Caliber FP 1160, from F. Piguet (now Manufacture Blancpain) is expertly-finished and elaborately hand-decorated, featuring a 21k gold Guilloche rotor, signed with the Urban Jurgensen crest. This automatically-wound movement is adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, with 31 working jewels. The ‘Swiss Lever’ escapement design of the modified F. Piguet 1160 movement allows the balance wheel to be engaged with the mechanism only during the split-second it swings through its centre position, reducing overall friction and enabling far superior timekeeping ability. The FP 1160 movement is elegantly discrete, at 5.20mm x 32mm, with two barrels and a power-reserve of 48 hours. It comes delivered with a stainless steel tang buckle and black alligator strap.
With an engine-turned dial, slim stepped bezel, recessed crown, tear-drop lugs and beautiful Observatory hands - all for less than the price of many much simpler, luxury watches, we believe that the Reference Big8 represents fantastic value-for-money.
A Collected Man is the authorised UK retailer for Urban Jürgensen. Viewings can be arranged by appointment at our offices in Central London. All watches listed for sale are available, in stock and covered by the full manufacturer's warranty. Any watches from Urban Jürgensen can be ordered through us. The price is exclusive of 20% EU-wide VAT.
|Model:||Ref. Big 8|
|Movement:||mechanical automatic Cal. FP1160|
|Functions:||date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||guilloche dial, display back, blue steel hands|
|Case:||40 mm stainless steel|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||black alligator strap with steel tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||full set - box, papers and manufacture's warranty|
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