Third, the incorporation of an automatic movement with an updated balance spring is something that I feel also shows the brand’s devotion to time precision as a real jeweler-watchmaker, not just a jeweler who happens to create a couple fancy watches. Harry Winston – hugely successful as a celebrity favorite for their spectacular one-of-a-kind diamond inventions and, only afterwards, equally-as-elegant women’s and men’s watches – could have easily lasted to make simple quartz diamond-encrusted jewelry-watches and always found customers.Even though plume and flight-inspired watches are on the scene in a major way since about 2013, they’ve become increasingly more evolved in their own interpretations. The most famous are, needless to say, Dior and their Grand Bal Plume, which ingeniously designed the feathered element into the rotor component to increase beauty in motion; Cartier’s Marquetry Parrot, that imagined a feathered design but crafted rather from individually fashioned flower petal pieces; and Graff’s iconic butterfly view, showcasing 1,641 diamonds blended with 108 multicolored sapphires at a kaleidoscope of shifting colors. Each piece highlights a distinct new design technique.In the Harry Winston Premier Precious Butterfly collection, the case is made from either 18K white gold or rose gold with 2.32ct across 57 brilliant-cut white diamonds at a frame pattern adorning the bezel. The matching buckle is also set with diamonds, tonal 18K gold, and a dramatic black satin strap.
Harry Winston is set to continue the landmark series of complications with the introduction of the much anticipated Opus 14 at the end of October 2015.
After a one year hiatus – the Opus XIII was introduced in 2013 – the Opus 14, or perhaps Opus XIV, will make its debut at the end of October this year, according to an announcement by Harry Winston. That puts to rest rumours that the series had met its end. Nothing has yet been revealed about the Opus 14, especially if it’s developed in-house or in collaboration with an independent watchmaker as is tradition. First conceived by Maximilian Büsser of MB&F while he was chief executive of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, the Opus is a landmark series of watches. Originally an annual edition, each created with an independent watchmaker and boasting a totally original way of showing the time, the Opus made Harry Winston the jeweller a respected watchmaker. Now owned by the Swatch Group, Harry Winston is entangled in a dispute with Ludovic Ballouard, the independent watchmaker who created the Opus XIII (Ballouard’s statement in French), delaying its delivery. With the delivery of the Opus 12 from 2012 also lagging, the Opus 14 has to deliver, both figuratively and literally.