Harry Winston The No.7 in Red
This year Harry Winston dresses its latest Histoire de Tourbillon 7 in vibrant red which houses two bi-axial tourbillons rotating in different speeds and directions. This complication is beyond an extremely technical timepiece and takes another step forward in the world of high-end horology.
Histoire de Tourbillon 7
The three pillar collections of Harry Winston are, namely, the Opus, Project Z, and Histoire de Tourbillon. The Opus watches are crafted in collaboration with various independent watchmakers, while the Project Z series features the Zalium case. For the Histoire de Tourbillon (HdT) collection, it has presented us with a great many intricate pieces such as bi-axial, tri-axial and spherical tourbillons, not to mention the combination of carrousel and tourbillon. The latest HdT 7 released this year features two bi-axial tourbillons sitting on the right side of the red dial, obviously an eye-catching watch.
The HdT 7 offers two options: red dial or anthracite dial, each limited to 10 pieces.
Each bi-axial tourbillon has 117 components weighing at 0.76g. The tourbillon’s first cage completes its rotation in 45 seconds and it contains a balance wheel that is tilted 30 degrees. The tourbillon and the balance wheel remain housed in the second cage and operate on a different rotation direction that lasts 75 seconds to counteract the effects of gravity. To reconcile the operation of these two rotating time-regulating bodies, the brand uses a spherical differential that optimises performance, by connecting the two tourbillons – which have subtly different operations – and creating an average, so that the Histoire de Tourbillon 7 leverages the accuracy of two exceptional tourbillons and achieves the best performance.
Cased in white gold, the piece is 50.9mm in diameter and 17.3mm thick. Besides the two exceptional tourbillons, the right side of the dial features a pyramid-cut reading area that houses the hour and minute hands. The brand also places a long strip in either red aluminum or anthracite, depending the version, to give a better view of the two biaxial tourbillons. Down at 6 o’clock is a 55-hour power reserve indicator in roll form with three rapid rotation coaxial barrels. The HdT 7 offers two options: red dial or anthracite dial, each limited to 10 pieces.
The two bi-axial tourbillons perform its 45- and 75-second rotation in a different rate in the inner cage and outer cage respectively.
Functions：hours, minutes, two bi-axial tourbillons, power reserve indicator
Down at 6 o’clock is a 55-hour power reserve indicator in roll form.
A picture showing the construction of the bi-axial tourbillon.
The three coaxial barrels can store up to 66 hours of power reserve.
First launched in 2004, the Project Z collection offers genuine sports watches made of Zalium, an exclusive alloy to Harry Winston. This alloy is ultra-light, extremely strong, and non-allergic. The newest Z10 has been introduced this year and features a double retrograde display married with a skeletonised dial, highlighting the architecture and modern mechanical aesthetics. At first glance it looks really like its predecessor Z9 which boasts two 180-degree retrograde indications for chronograph. Yet, the Z10 has no chronograph function; instead, its two 120-degree retrograde displays indicate the day of the week at 4 o’clock and seconds, on a scale of 0 to 30, at 8 o’clock, while the magnifying date window is located at 6 o’clock.
The dial palette is manly blue and black adorned with red colour. Inspired by the Manhattan Bridge, this high-intensity technical design recalls the ambitious work of the early steel era. The frames are made of deep blue anodised aluminum, emphasising the beauty of the metal. Through an openworked dial, whose skeleton structure reveals the HW3305 automatic movement within. Boasting an off-centre dial with black grid pattern at 12 o’clock, the 42.2mm timepiece is limited to 300 pieces and comes with a blue alligator strap with rubber structure, while a Shuriken symbol is marked on the strap as well as the white gold rotor, continuing the tradition of the Project Z series.
Functions：hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, date
Premier Pearly Lace Automatic 36mm
In homage to the founder Mr. Harry Winston, the Premier collection, the very first watch collection of the brand, was launched in 1989. Over the past two years, the brand has created scores of admirable pieces. Last year we saw the Premier Lace 31mm adorned with mother-of-pearl lacework; this year the brand keeps the design and enlarged the case from 31mm to 36mm. Plus, the quartz movement is replaced by the HW2008 automatic movement, which would probably impress the ladies who values mechanical watches.
This beautiful piece offers a choice of either rose gold or white gold case, both feature a 0.2mm thin skeletonised mother-of-pearl dial. The rose gold version has a burgundy background with stunning Tahitian mother-of-pearl lacework, while the white gold model has a blue mother-of-pearl dial covered by a white mother-of-pearl disc with floral and sunray motifs, creating a sublime game of contrasts, volume and motion. Embedded with 57 diamonds (approximately 2.32 carats) on the bezel and lugs, the piece is complemented by an alligator strap, rose gold or white gold bracelet, or a fully paved bracelet.
Case：rose gold/white gold
Premier Precious Weaving Automatic 36mm
As the brand’s first timepiece collection, the Premier watches are well-known for its distinctive diamond-set lugs inspired by the stately facade of Harry Winston’s flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue. A wide array of techniques and craftsmanship have been applied on the Premier watches with dials decorated by leathers, mother-of-pearl lacework, butterfly marquetry, just to name a few. This year, the brand presents us the technique of weaving silk with mother-of-pearl used to create a miniature canvas on the dial. Such technique costs a year and a half to develop and is derived from the ancestral Japanese technique of Raden involving the application of shells onto the surface of wood or lacquered objects. This particular decorative art is the fruit of a rare Japanese weaving technique in which threads of gold are woven with slivers of natural mother-of-pearl to create a unique tapestry of shimmering beauty.
The Premier Precious Weaving Automatic offers four versions, each has a distinctive theme. Inspired by an antique Koi fish motif, the first version features golden, overlapping scales sewn together with silk, gold thread and slices of mother-of-pearl. The second creation features the same fish scale motif but by using greenish and darker hues of mother-of-pearl in the weave. The third model features a Chrysanthemum flower on the dial, the symbol of the Japanese Imperial family, while the natural iridescence of the mother-of-pearl changes constantly according to the light. The last one displays a bold abstract motif created from interwoven mother-of-pearl, silk and gold leaves allowing the dial to shimmer like the fabric of an haute couture evening gown. Cased in rose gold or white gold and set with 57 diamonds, the pieces are 36mm in diameter and powered by the HW2008 automatic movement, each limited to 30 pieces.
Four versions are on offer, all applying the Japanese weaving silk in which threads of gold are woven with slivers of natural mother-of-pearl.
Case：rose gold/white gold
The dial features Koi fish motif, golden, overlapping scales sewn together with silk, gold thread and slices of mother-of-pearl.
The same fish scale motif showcases the greenish and darker hues of mother-of-pearl in the weave.
The mother-of-pearl, silk and gold leaves allow the dial to shimmer like the fabric of an haute couture evening gown.
The dial features a Chrysanthemum flower on the dial, as a symbol of the Japanese Imperial family.
The technique of Raden involves the application of shells onto the surface of wood or lacquered objects.
Premier Moon Phase 36mm
Mother-of-pearl is a crucial design element, if not a hallmark, in the ladies’ watch of Harry Winston. Next up is the Premier Moon Phase 36mm featuring a mother-of-pearl dial. The piece is adorned with a sunray motif and a crescent moonphase along with a blue disc at the centre. To give the piece an enchanting look, the piece is bestowed with a “diamond hill” composed of 18 diamonds just below the sunray motif and set with 12 diamonds as the hour markers. As if the dial isn’t sparkling enough, the bezel, lugs and buckle is also inserted diamonds. As such, this petit beauty is bedecked with 2.32 carats diamonds in total. Powered by the HW5201 quartz movement with a date window at 6 o’clock, the 36mm piece comes in white gold and complemented by a white alligator strap. A rose gold model is also on offer.
Functions：hours, minutes, moonphase, date
Rosebud Heart by Harry Winston
The high jewellery timepieces are also one of the stars this year. Take a look at this heart-shaped timepiece with its extraordinary contour. A stylised white gold heart, palpitating with the light of 49 brilliant-cut diamonds is traversed by Cupid’s legendary arrow in a playful allusion to being love struck. Embedded with 49 diamonds on the white gold case and 7 on the arrow, this 26mm piece is bedecked with 1.11 carats diamonds and comes with a satin strap or white gold chain, meaning the ladies can wear it as a necklace or on the wrist as a traditional timepiece.
Harry Winston Emerald
Founded in 1932, Harry Winston is dubbed as the “King of Diamonds” in the United States of America. To the jeweler Mr. Harry Winston, among all gem cutting methods, the emerald cut is the most elegant and flattering cut for precious stones. It is, therefore, also the pattern of the “HW” logo. This year, the brand unveils the Emerald collection inspired by the emerald cut – the case itself is in emerald-cut shape with the iconic emerald-cut brand logo applied at 12 o’clock – to pay tribute to Mr. Harry Winston.
Besides the refined emerald cut, Harry Winston’s universe is also associated with the blue color, and for a very compelling reason. For Mr. Harry Winston once owned the rare 45.52 carats dark blue Hope Diamond, which was later donated by the jeweler to the Smithsonian Institution to share with the world in 1958. Hence, the new collection features a blue lacquered dial, subtly echoing the vibrant blue colour of the Hope Diamond. The bezel, crown, lugs and buckle have been set with 67 brilliant-cut diamonds plus three brilliant-cut diamonds set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, equivalent to 0.53 carat. This stunning piece is available in white gold with a blue dial and is also available in rose gold with a snowy white satin sunburst dial. Both models come on a choice of the feminine double tour satin straps or on bold Milanese bracelets that match the material of the case.
Size：17.75 x 24mm