Urban Jürgensen 1140C, Detent Escapement, Platinum

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The Ref. 1140C* is notable for being a piece Kari Voutilainen was involved with before becoming CEO of Urban Jürgensen in 2021. It features a slightly different dial and case compared to the production version, as requested by the original owner. The watch is powered by the UJS08 calibre, with innovations initially conceived by Derek Pratt, and later finalised by Kari Voutilainen and Jean-Francis Mojon of Chronode.

The Urban Jürgensen Years

There has recently been some noise surrounding Urban Jürgensen, as Finnish watchmaker Kari Voutilainen has taken charge as its new CEO and placed his talented daughter Venla in charge of after-sales service. There was a similar excitement surrounding Peter Baumberger’s ownership of the brand, and it saw a rather prolific era of development, in large thanks to the ability of Derek Pratt.

When talking about Pratt’s involvement with Urban Jürgensen, everyone we spoke to first mentioned his dials. His engine-turning work was extremely highly regarded in the industry, even after his death. When clearing out his workshop, a drawer full of discarded dials was found. To the untrained eye they appeared perfect, yet after some serious close inspection it was possible to see the smallest of errors that someone less of a perfectionist than Pratt would be OK with. But while his dial work was extraordinary, it was far from the extent of his contributions to the brand. He would become the technical director from 1982 to 2005.