Harry Winston at Baselworld 2018
This year, Harry Winston celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Ocean Collection. To commemorate this milestone occasion, the House, in grand style, put an emphasis on women’s timepieces.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (March 22, 2018) - To commemorate this milestone occasion, the House, in grand style, put an emphasis on women’s timepieces. Combining fascinating complications, such as retrograde hours and minutes, with precious gemstones in the resilient, water-resistant case, the Ocean Collection proves to be a winning combination. Color makes a big statement this year in the form of neon-blue Paraiba tourmalines, magical opals, sparkling blue aventurine and hand-painted gradated mother-of-pearl dials. Signature codes from the House of Harry Winston are replicated throughout the novelties with references to architectural features and even decorative elements from the House’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon. Complementing the spectacle of high jewelry gem-setting and audacious creativity, the timepieces of 2018 showcase the superlative Swiss mechanical movements below deck, and bring to life the perpetual calendar complications, retrograde functions, moon phases and mesmerizing triaxial tourbillon. Marking the first time in the history of the House, Harry Winston unveils a spellbinding mechanical high jewelry automaton. Developed with the world’s leading automaton specialist, Jaquet Droz, this astonishing mechanism is capable of tracing the founder’s signature on command.
Smooth sailing for 20 years
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Winston’s sporty Ocean Collection and to commemorate this occasion, the House welcomes five new members on board. Renowned for its bold, contemporary design codes and signature biretrograde displays and excentered hours and minutes, the Ocean Collection navigates horological complications with alluring style and resiliency. Shipshape for all life’s adventures, the latest Ocean Collection timepieces live up to their namesake and are water-resistant to depths up to 100 meters. Beautiful – both on deck and below – the mechanical models reveal their finely-tuned automatic movements through transparent sapphire crystal case backs.
Women are in for a treat this year with four new Ocean Collection models awash in color. In pride of place, the limited edition Ocean 20th Anniversary Biretrograde Automatic 36mm embarks on her maiden voyage in a high jewelry sea of neon- blue Paraiba tourmalines, brilliant diamonds and mother-of-pearl. Bearing the hallmark traits of its namesake - including a biretrograde display and excentered hours and minutes counter - this timepiece marks the first time the House of Harry Winston incorporates the dazzling light and aquatic beauty of Paraiba tourmalines. The Ocean Waterfall Automatic 36mm celebrates the House of Harry Winston’s prized baguette-cut gemstones. Flooded with the light of 404 diamonds and 43 romantic pink sapphires, this feminine high jewelry timepiece demonstrates the superior craftsmanship of Harry Winston’s gem-setters and exalts the beauty of the baguette-cut with an exquisite invisible setting on the dial. The signature biretrograde display of the Ocean Collection occupies center stage on the bright blue and burgundy mother-of-pearl dials of the two new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm models. Sailing smoothly between high mechanical and high jewelry waters, the intensely saturated colors and diamonds provide a dramatic backdrop to the action on deck. An enchanting recreation of celestial and aquatic elements, the two Ocean Moon Phase Quartz 36mm models depict a bewitching moon phase complication on the dial veiled by a constellation of diamonds set directly on the sapphire crystal glass. To obtain the dreamy pink and brown hues on the dial, the natural mother-of-pearl is delicately hand painted using the art of color gradation.
Men have not been overlooked this anniversary year and the Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm gives the graphic codes of perpetual calendar watches a complete overhaul with its multiple functions defined by color and emphasized on different planes with contrasting textures. The retrograde day and date functions and the moon phase counter animate the deck with their elegant motions. Presented in 18-karat rose or white gold, this luxury men’s sports model will also be available in a limited anniversary edition of 20 timepieces in white gold with baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel and lugs. Project Z timepieces have always expressed Harry Winston’s contemporary creative aspirations with radically modern and sporty accents. Like all its predecessors, Project Z12 is housed in a Zalium™ case, the brand’s exclusive, high-performance alloy. The jumping retrograde hour and the retrograde minute functions, which animate the dial and are ingeniously arranged on a central disc, are held in place by a blue trellised bridge, an explicit reference to the suspension bridges that span New York City, Harry Winston’s hometown.
Poetic license The Premier Collection™
Time just got sweeter at Harry Winston with the Premier Winston Candy Automatic 31mm, a delicious tribute to the art of snow-setting. The most delectable high jewelry timepiece in the Premier Collection, this new model is blanketed with 322 candy-colored gems and diamonds to satisfy the cravings of even the sweetest tooth. Set against a constellation of diamonds and twinkling aventurine stars, the Premier Precious Moon Phase Automatic 36mm reveals its beautiful mechanics proving that complications are as intricate and beautiful, as the workings of the cosmos. Twin moons play a game of hide-and-seek as they rotate under a celestial cage and guarded by a constellation of diamonds set against a twinkling blue or Havana-brown aventurine sky.
Fresh colors and faces for today’s woman
A spring breeze is blowing through Harry Winston. Novel color combinations and refreshed design codes are captivating a new generation of women who value the everyday practicality of a reliable quartz timepiece, coupled with the fabulous gemstones that define Harry Winston’s iconic jewelry. The Emerald Collection welcomes a stylish new addition in power pink, diamonds and mother-of-pearl with a fashionable double tour pink satin strap. Evoking the colors of dawn, the dainty Avenue Classic Aurora 21mm seduces with blue and pink sapphires framed by Harry Winston’s signature diamonds.
High Jewelry Timepieces
Two vintage-inspired platinum cocktail watches – the Ultimate Marble Marquetry and Marble Marquetry – evoke the star-shaped pattern decorating the marble floor leading to the heart of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon in New York City. With a wreath of precious blue sapphires and diamonds expertly set around the case, the emerald-cut and invisible-setting techniques pay homage to the House’s high jewelry legacy as the ‘King of Diamonds.’
Luxury Accessories: Travel Time and Precious Signature by Harry Winston
For the past two years, Harry Winston has been exploring new artistic territory in the form of precious objets d’art, exquisite luxury accessories that embody the same signature expertise in creativity and design as the House’s iconic high jewelry creations. Wake up in style with the scintillating Travel Time portable alarm and desk clock. Decorated with a sparkling blue aventurine, opalescent mother-of-pearl, rich blue sapphires, and diamonds, Travel Time honors Mr. Winston’s preferred diamond cut – the elegant emerald-cut. Destined to become a conversation piece, the Precious Signature is a desk clock adorned in opals and diamonds and fitted with a sophisticated automaton movement provided by Swiss watchmaker, Jaquet Droz. Enjoy the spellbinding mechanical spectacle as the magical pen traces Mr. Winston’s signature on command.
Timepieces for men
Harry Winston’s fascination with tourbillon complications reaches its ninth chapter with the Histoire de Tourbillon 9 timepiece, a prodigious Haute Horlogerie watch that combines the hypnotic ballet of a triaxial tourbillon with the fascinating movement of retrograde jumping hours and retrograde minutes. Playing with volume, symmetry, and transparency, the 46.5mm timepiece is the most compact in the Histoire de Tourbillon series and will be made in a limited series of just 20 models.