We have covered master watchmaker Harry Winston earlier, in our coverage of the Opus 9 and Opus 11watches which were both unique in their designs with ample horological complexities, and splash of precious metal and detailed craftsmanship. Now his latest masterpiece is this Midnight GMT Tourbillon watch, which will be showcased as the official at the Only Watch 2011 auction in Monaco, which will be held in the city-state after a world tour of multiple locations. Alas, this will be a one-off piece, which means the attention will be even higher on this timepiece.
Harry Winston first set shop in 1932 as a jeweler, and was known for his love of diamonds and its futuristic and complicated designs with unique elegance which still remains largely unrivalled. It was only in 1989, that the brand turned its expertise towards watch making, and has been churning out one masterpiece after another through the years, with their primary focus of being futuristic. The latest entry is the Midnight GMT tourbillon, which comes with similar elements as the previous timepieces. Technical features include a long 110 hour power reserve, which doesn’t let the watch stop working for the longest durations possible. The tourbillon working mechanism, which negates the effect of gravity on the timepiece, is exposed for view through the unique dial. The main time display is non-centered unlike other timepieces. The 2nd time zone is played through a small window at the 11’o’ clock slot, and the accurate time can be seen by changing the cities in the small window. The physical features of this watch make it a horological delight. The chassis is made with industrial grade platinum with a total width of the chassis being 45mm. The multi-surfaced ruthenium dials displaying the current timings, the GMT and the seconds all come with different finishes, with extensive use of sapphire crystals. The arches featuring on the dial are reminiscent of the arches in Harry Winston’s studio in New York. The strap of watch comes with an alligator leather finish. But, just in case this wonder watch comes in contact with water, one can be assured of its functioning till the depth of water is less than 30 meters.
Not much of a watch collector by hobby, but rest assured that the congregation of watch lovers at the Only Watch auction will sure be looking to get hold of this master timepiece for its sure brilliance of design and styling quotient.
Via: Timezones Forum