Martin Frei, designer and co-founder of Urwerk, was responsible for bringing all of EMC’s technical elements together in a visually appealing and comfortably wearing wristwatch. “At Urwerk, the starting point of our creations is usually a sketch of the completed watch that embodies Felix’s and my ideas before the micro-mechanics are fully developed,” he says. “But with EMC, the technical features of the timepiece were already established and this made my task that little bit trickier. We miniaturized the EMC components to the extreme, and this allowed me some leeway in terms of design. My approach was one of pragmatism–from incorporating the folding crank into the case band to making the electrical energy storing capacitor part of the case. In terms of design, you can spot the influence of objects that are dear to me: the crank echoes that of old SLR cameras, and the design of the balance wheel is reminiscent of a vintage quarter-inch tape reel.”
The EMC TimeHunter “X-Ray” is only available in a limited edition of 15 pieces in a 43mm Grade 5 Titanium and Steel case. The dial features four displays: the time display; a rotating disk displaying seconds; the power reserve indicator; and, at the top left corner, the display of the two EMC electronic indications—timekeeping precision to +/- 15 seconds per day and the amplitude of the balance.
On the back, you can see the fully in-house movement with integrated circuit board (the EMC “brain”), the top of one of the two mainspring barrels near the crown and the top of the balance wheel and optical sensor on the winding handle side. The timing adjustment screw is here, and simply turning this screw allows the owner to make very fine adjustments to the balance rate regulator by changing the active length of the balance spring.
The EMC TimeHunter “X-Ray” is a revolution in watchmaking because it puts precision, one of the chief goals of watchmaking since its birth, in the hands of the people who are actually depending on it.