Harry Winston’s Ocean Bi-Retrograde Elevates The Women’s Sports Watch
Monochrome luxe from the self-styled King of Diamonds.
Of course, a brand can do no wrong with a generous sprinkle of stones on a women’s timepiece. But if the name in question is Harry Winston, chances are, the bar would be set a whole lot higher.
And why should anyone expect any different? A brand famed for its dazzling red carpet-worthy jewellery ought to demonstrate the same exacting standards for its moneyed timepieces and, to that end, the Ocean Biretrograde Black & White Automatic 36mm Harry Winston delivers its promise beautifully.
A captivating pair of ladies’ sports watches in white gold, the Ocean Biretrograde Black & White Automatic 36mm is aesthetically commanding and mechanically creative. Hailing from Harry Winston’s Ocean collection – ostensibly a dive watch range, given its nautical inspirations, but really, designed to adorn the wrists of the superyacht party crowd – the watches feature signature design elements such as a crown protector in the shape of Harry Winston’s arches, round case with contemporary lines, and off-centered displays. In this version, however, the watches are enlivened with a lovely combination of animated retrograde displays, simple yet charming complications and, of course, the best diamonds that money can buy.
The black and white theme is executed gorgeously. Set against a white mother-of-pearl dial are an ex-centered time display and retrograde indicators for the 30-second and day counters. Demarcated by black lacquer or white mother-of-pearl chapter rings, and outlined by brilliant-cut diamonds, the colourways offer an interesting variant on the ‘panda’ and ‘reverse-panda’ style combinations that have enjoyed a recent resurgence. The look is neatly echoed on the rubber strap that features a white base and a weave-like pattern at the middle that looks intriguingly like a piece of fabric.
And who wouldn’t notice the shimmer of diamonds on these watches? Quite restrained by Harry Winston’s standards (it’s a sports watch after, after all), each model comes with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds on the 36mm case, 99 brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial and one emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock – all rated with D-F clarity and IF-VVS colour. Though not entirely impossible, you might find it a stretch to pair the watch with an evening gown. That aside, the Ocean Biretrograde Black & White Automatic 36mm is as versatile and all-occasion as it gets, its casual grace and glitter effortlessly accompanying any kind of get-up from the workday to the weekend.
A watch that is just as fascinating on the inside, the Ocean Biretrograde Black & White Automatic 36mm is driven by a 312-part automatic movement with state-of-the-art silicon spring that optimises rate regularity and timekeeping precision, and offers up to 65 hours of power reserve on a full wind, allowing you to leave the watch on your dresser for two days and pick it up to wear it after without it missing a beat. It would’ve been a shame to tuck all that power and performance out of sight, so Harry Winston has wisely opted to showcase the movement via an open caseback, dressed up with sophisticated hand-finishing, including circular Geneva stripes on the bridges, circular graining on the base plate, and an 18K white gold rotor. Limited to 100 pieces per model.
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