Set to be acquired by Switzerland’s biggest watch maker Swatch Group for about $1 billion, the jeweler to the stars and producers of luxury watches Harry Winston has now introduced the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 watch, one of the most highly refined mechanical timekeepers ever made. Described to be the fourth series in Harry Winston’s exploration of the tourbillon, it features a tri-axial tourbillon ensuring superb performance and split-second accuracy. Further, the multi-level arrangements of domed sapphire crystals and intricately interlocked mechanisms suggest a miniature mechanical metropolis, truly a utopian dream of horological perfection. Harry Winston, which is also famous for donating the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, has earlier impressed the horological world with the aesthetically surprising creation Opus 12 watch which was designed to change the perception of time, and the Midnight GMT Tourbillon Watch, to name a few.
Speaking about the Histoire de Tourbillon watches, Harry Winston first released the Histoire de Tourbillon 1 watch back in year 2009, which envisioned a modern interpretation of the tourbillon, through innovative materials and a highly sophisticated mechanism.
Set to be unveiled at Baselworld 2013 in April, the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 which is limited to just 20 examples, comes with mechanical, manual-winding movementCaliber HW4501 with 345 components and with tri-axial tourbillon, and has a 47 mm cushion-shaped case which is a mix of white gold and Zalium, which is Harry Winston’s proprietary alloy.
Further, the caseback is partially open, that too in a mix of DLC-finished Zalium and white gold, and the crown is in white gold with rubber grip.
The three-dimensional dial displays hours, minutes, power reserve and a 300-second indicator on the tourbillon.