Urwerk Create a $2.7 Million Tabletop Atomic Clock

By Paul Joseph

Swiss independent luxury watchmaker Urwerk, famous for creating some of the world’s most technically complex timepieces, ended 2018 in typical style with the unveiling of a limited edition atomic clock that carries a price tag of a mind-boggling $2.7 million.

Called the Urwerk AMC, the tabletop atomic master clock is paired with a Urwerk watch which it mechanically winds, sets and regulates.

A decade in the making, the concept is known as Sympathique clock and is based on Abraham-Louis Breguet’s 1795 invention in which he developed a watch that would be regulated by a clock as one slept overnight.

The mechanism is made possible by a combination of traditional watchmaking techniques and an evolved regulator used in the first URWERK EMC watches.

When the paired wristwatch is slotted inside the cradle of the AMC, the sophisticated set of mechanisms wind the watch, set the time and regulate the balance rate of the watch.

The Urwerk AMC is one of three complex editions that will be revealed between now and the year 2020 by the watchmaker.

Urwerk was founded in 1995 by watchmaker brothers Felix and Thomas Baumgartner and artist Martin Frei.

By Paul Joseph