URWERK was started in 1995 by two brothers, Felix and Thomas Baumgartner and their friend Martin Frei. With the brothers experience with watchmaking and Martin's talent as an artist and designer. United by their common passion for measuring and portraying time lea to their decision to create their own vision of time. Marin Frei sketched and honed the design of the timepiece while the Baumgartners spent the next two years developing the technical aspects of the movement and complication. Inspired by the 17 century Campanus Night clock, the team aimed to distil timekeeping to its very essence, to calm the perception of time by removing all extraneous indications and distractions.