In 1920 a hereditary jeweler Harry Winston created a company, which was recognized as the Empire of Jewels by the world: every fifth unique diamond, which exists today, belongs to him. In 1978 Harry’s son – Ronald Winston, who headed the company, decided to produce original Harry Winston watches, which would be not only jewelry, but also a complex example of high watch art. For this purpose a manufacture was founded in the Swiss town Plan-les-Ouates, in the street with a symbolic name Tourbillion and the first watch Premier Retrograde Perpetual Calendar already became incredibly popular. They not only looked expensive and prestigious, but also had a series of complications, in fact, they returned a trend for retrograde function as a double retrograde calendar, which provided the dial with special charm, was appreciated by the customers.
Exclusive luxurious brand Harry Winston demonstrates its own original technologies as well as innovation in the design. First of all it is a visionary and surprising author approach to traditional complications, which made them a part of brand image. Apart from that, only this manufacture uses Zalium, superlight and highly hard material, for production of case details. Exclusive indicators and their firm dislocation from the center of the dial, special style of cut and mount of diamonds developed by Harry Winston yet and called “imponderable combs” by him, limited edition, hand-made installation – all this inspires connoisseurs of beauty to buy Harry Winston authentic watches and become the owner of a real masterpiece.
But these were not only such undoubted advantages and even not double tourbillions, which make an impression of the vertical movement, not the strike of repeaters, which sounded just like Westminister toll, that made the brand a part of watchmaking history. It was conceptual Opus series that eternalized wrist Harry Winston watches, where one unique model was developed annually and released by short runs since 2000. For production of every new Opus to be unsurpassed a new team of talented masters was invited, who created exclusive details of the mechanism and décor, which were so unique that the number of people, who wish to buy original Harry Winston watches for the best price always grows. Either classics or futurism or romanticism or spaceship building technique majored in the models, but the most important thing is that there has always been a new peculiarity in the mechanism, which has not existed in any other watches in the world. For example “space” Opus 5, where the indication of time is performed with “satellites”, has cubes with numerals that rotate about an axis while these axes move around the center. And the last model of these exclusive watches was released in 2015. It represents a variation on the topic of popular in the 50s American juke boxes. A three dimension dial, which represents a juke box with three “plates” at your choice: GMT, data, a star from Hollywood Walk of Fame and the name of the company founder, is enclosed into a sizable case with the diameter of 54,7 mm. “Plates” are mounted with the help of moving leverage the same as in the retro juke box. It is not surprising that the mechanism consists of 1,066 details that guarantee its accurate and durable work. It is characteristic that the price for Harry Winston watches is variable depending on the material (gold, platinum), number of used precious stones and complexity of the model.
“Talk to me, Mr. Harry Winston”, Merlyn Monroe, a favorite of the USA, was singing in the musical “Gentlemen prefer blondes” giving credit to the best collector of diamonds in the world. The chronometer with such a title is produced by the manufacture today, its golden case is adorned with 340 diamonds that disperse with shining rays from the dial the beauty of which does not contradict the conception of the manufacture – to produce technically perfect Harry Winston watches and impress customers with elite novelties.