By Our Correspondent | Opening Doorz Editorial | March 30, 2018
To commemorate 20th anniversary of the Ocean Collection, the House of Harry Winston, in grand style, put an emphasis on women’s timepieces. Combining fascinating complications, such as retrograde hours and minutes, with precious gemstones in the resilient, water-resistant case, the Ocean Collection proves to be a winning combination. Color makes a big statement this year in the form of neon-blue Paraiba tourmalines, magical opals, sparkling blue aventurine and hand-painted gradated mother-of-pearl dials.
Signature codes from the House of Harry Winston are replicated throughout the novelties with references to architectural features and even decorative elements from the House’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon. Complementing the spectacle of high jewelry gem-setting and audacious creativity, the timepieces of 2018 showcase the superlative Swiss mechanical movements below deck, and bring to life the perpetual calendar complications, retrograde functions, moon phases and mesmerizing triaxial tourbillon. Marking the first time in the history of the House, Harry Winston unveils a spellbinding mechanical high jewelry automaton. Developed with the world’s leading automaton specialist, Jaquet Droz, this astonishing mechanism is capable of tracing the founder’s signature on command.
Smooth sailing for 20 years
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Winston’s sporty Ocean Collection and to commemorate this occasion, the House welcomes five new members on board. Renowned for its bold, contemporary design codes and signature biretrograde displays and excentered hours and minutes, the Ocean Collection navigates horological complications with alluring style and resiliency. Shipshape for all life’s adventures, the latest Ocean Collection timepieces live up to their namesake and are water-resistant to depths up to 100 meters. Beautiful—both on deck and below—the mechanical models reveal their finely-tuned automatic movements through transparent sapphire crystal case backs.
Women are in for a treat this year with four new Ocean Collection models awash in color. In pride of place, the limited edition Ocean 20th Anniversary Biretrograde Automatic 36mm embarks on her maiden voyage in a high jewelry sea of neon-blue Paraiba tourmalines, brilliant diamonds and mother-of-pearl. Bearing the hallmark traits of its namesake—including a biretrograde display and excentered hours and minutes counter—this timepiece marks the first time the House of Harry Winston incorporates the dazzling light and aquatic beauty of Paraiba tourmalines. The Ocean Waterfall Automatic 36mm celebrates the House of Harry Winston’s prized baguette-cut gemstones. Flooded with the light of 404 diamonds and 43 romantic pink sapphires, this feminine high jewelry timepiece demonstrates the superior craftsmanship of Harry Winston’s gem-setters and exalts the beauty of the baguette-cut with an exquisite invisible setting on the dial.
Men have not been overlooked this anniversary year and the Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm gives the graphic codes of perpetual calendar watches a complete overhaul with its multiple functions defined by color and emphasized on different planes with contrasting textures. The retrograde day and date functions and the moon phase counter animate the deck with their elegant motions. Presented in 18-karat rose or white gold, this luxury men’s sports model will also be available in a limited anniversary edition of 20 timepieces in white gold with baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel and lugs.