SPECIAL REPORT

Time To Move: Harry Winston

by Katherine Arteche
26 Aug 2019

From the inaugural watch show by the Swatch Group, we select our favourite timepieces that exhibit both technical and aesthetical prowess birthed from these watchmakers.

The retrograde display is a playful one, and a personal favourite, because seeing the hand creep towards the end of the line before snapping back is simply fun in that way. Harry Winston’s Ocean collection doesn’t run short on this, with its signature double retrograde displays flanked on two corners of the dial, each displaying small seconds and day of the week. 

In a new reiteration, the Ocean Sparkling Biretrograde is emblazoned in new skin. With an accompanying diamond setting, the dials are encrusted with ruthenium crystals, in either blue or brown, which allows light to sparkle off all its faceted angles.

Each colourway is paired with a matching coloured leather strap, in 18k white gold for the blue and 18k rose gold for the brown. While we’re still in retrograde, Harry Winston introduces a new Midnight Retrograde Second Automatic in the Midnight collection.

Inspired by the opulence of royalty treasures, the new Midnight timepiece is decorated to feature a sparkling frontier, with an aventurine dial set with brilliant diamonds. The precious facets form the 3-second retrograde display at 6 o’clock, alternating between various carats. Other settings include a single emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock, and closed-set indices at the 3, 6, and 9 hour markers.

Ultimately, Harry Winston’s latest novelties wholly embrace the maison’s signature traits, from the distinctive crown guard to the exquisite selection of brilliant- to baguette-cut diamonds. Thus it is no secret that the emerald-cut diamond is a personal favourite of founder Harry Winston, where a dedicated collection was reserved for this conservative shape.

The Emerald collection is extended with new 33mm watches, bearing the familiar case shape. Now enlarged, the likeness to a cut and polished emerald-cut precious stone is evident.

Housed in 18k white or rose gold, the dial is bevelled and reflects a brushed sunray finish, with thick applied hour markers. The Harry Winston emblem and date aperture are framed in the continuous emerald-shaped theme. The mechanical and quartz versions are distinguished by the absence of minute markers and seconds hands in the latter, and is available in both non-set or set diamond versions.