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Urban Jurgensen Ref 5

$22,000

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Danish watchmaking was put on the map thanks to a select few, namely, the Jürgensen family. Founded in Copenhagen in 1773  by Jörgen Jörgensen, originally named Larpent & Jürgensen, the company gained a stellar reputation for creating impressive chronometers. Just twelve years after its creation the company was appointed as the official watchmaker to the Danish court.

Undoubtedly talented, Jörgen Jörgensen, was an apprentice to Johan Jacob Lincke and eventually worked in Switzerland under Locle Jacques-Frédéric Houriet, who is described as being the founder of Swiss chronometry. Jörgen’s son, Urban Jürgensen, was equally as talented as his father, at the ripe age of 21 he was sent to Locle and gained valuable experience under Jacques-Frédéric Houriet. Urban, then went on the be an apprentice to both Abraham Louis Breguet and Ferdinand Berthoud, a luxury not afforded to many, such was his talent. In 1801, Urban entered a partnership with his father and was subsequently recognised by Danish royalty as an innovator. Urban’s books  Principes Généraux de l’Exacte Mesure du temps par les Horloges is regarded as a staple in many horological studies. The company remained in the Jürgensen family till 1912. 

In 1979 Peter Baumberger a passionate collector and watchmaker acquired the brand.  Under the stewardship of Derek Pratt, as technical director, the brand would go back to its roots and attempt to create complicated pocket watches as well as wristwatches. The unfortunate demise of both Baumberger and Pratt lead to times of uncertainty for the brand, long time friend Dr. Helmut Crott, ensured the brand’s legacy would live on with the introduction of the dente escapement and eventual sale of the company in 2014. Rather fittingly brand was acquired by a Danish Private Investment Group marking the end of the Swiss ownership of the brand. 

This reference 5 was produced in 1992-1995 and is limited to 150 pieces. It is believed to be segregated between 50 in platinum and 100 in gold. The ultra-slim case measures just 7.1mm in height and 36mm in diameter. The case features intricate details such as the teardrop lugs and the addition of a stepped bezel. The overall case would be best described as new old stock and displays strong hues of brownish-red patina across the case. 

The dial is reminiscent of George Daniel’s work, the Roman numerals are printed onto a silver brushed chapter ring of the dial. The inner and outer dial features engined turned guilloche, the minute track, and the hour track is also separated by subtle guilloche. The 18-carat gold polished hands are reminiscent of Breguet and Daniels, the hour hand features polished inward bevels and is made of four different parts. 

The nickel-finished lever movement features 35 jewels and an engine-turned 21K gold rotor. 

Brand: Urban Jürgensen
Model: Reference 5
Movement: F. Piguet
Case Diameter: 36mm
Year: 1992
Box & Papers: Full Set, NOS. 

 

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Urban Jürgensen

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> 36mm

Style

Casual, Dress

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