Harry Winston Opus 14

Posted: November 2, 2015 in Harry Winston, Uncategorized
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For the 14th edition of the Opus collection, Harry Winston partnered with independent watchmakers Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin (“Frankie and Johnny!”), whose previous claim to fame is the Montblanc Metamorphosis watch.

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The huge 54.7-mm case is made of 18K white gold and is covered by a sapphire crystal cut from a single block. The signature automaton complication evokes the mechanics of a miniaturised 1950s-style jukebox. Stylish details include the local time display on the off-center subdial display at 9 o’clock, the vinyl-style finishes on the various dials, the two-toned insignia bearing the number 14, the shaded red of the retrograde minutes arc, and the blue-toned hour markers. All together, the elements call to mind classic Americana, specifically the golden age of rock ‘n roll, classic diners, and the legendary Route 66 — all aesthetic touches also on display at the launch party.

The patented, world-first miniaturised jukebox mechanism reveals four disks housed in a store, each showing a specific display: local time, GMT time, the date, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star bearing the signature of Harry Winston — a reference to the brand founder’s history as a jewellery supplier to Hollywood royalty.

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The Harry Winston Opus 14, a limited edition of 50 pieces, is composed of a staggering 1,066 components and will retail for 428,000 Swiss francs. It is the first Opus watch to be launched by Harry Winston Timepieces since its acquisition by the Swatch Group. According to Swatch Group’s Marc Hayek, who answered questions at the follow-up press conference, Opus fans can expect future editions to continue the theme of working with independent watchmakers with “crazy ideas,” but may have to wait a bit longer between them. “Not a new one every year but only when it suits, “ Hayek said. “An Opus has to be exceptional, it has to be fun, and — importantly — it needs to work!”

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