Time To Move Harry Winston - Our Top PicksWritten by Alvin Wong
Midnight Yozora Automatic
From Italy to Japan, Harry Winston traversed the globe to serve up a masterclass in decorative horology. It is a commanding showing from a brand best known for its bejewelled creations and, while Harry Winston also flexes its technical chops where appropriate, it certainly doesn’t shy away from leveraging its expertise with precious stones and artisanal expressions.
Avenue Classic Moon Phase
The most stunning new watches are undoubtedly the ones loaded with stupendous glitter and colour. The Avenue and Premier collections, which celebrate their 20th and 30th anniversaries, respectively, have lots to tempt us with. Standouts include the 20-piece limited edition Avenue Classic Moon Phase (above), a quartz beauty in white gold case that’s set with over 8 carats of diamonds, which features a coloured mother-of-pearl dial with gradated effect; as well as the Premier Precious Micromosaic (below) from its Métiers d’Art range. The latter, which comprises four models, features dials with gorgeous kaleidoscopic patterns that are handcrafted by piecing tiny bits of coloured glass together, made by craftsmen from Ravenna, a historic Italian city known for its mosaic artisans.
Premier Precious Micromosaic
Another collection that set our hearts racing is the Midnight Yozora Automatic, a pair of limited editions that, like the aforementioned Avenue and Premier watches, demonstrate Harry Winston’s increasingly outstanding proficiency in dial art. Here, the brand incorporates the Japanese ancient decorative techniques of Urushi (lacquer), Maki-e (metallic powder art on Urushi lacquer), and Raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) on dials that depict the entrance of its Fifth Avenue flagship boutique at night (‘Yozora’ is Japanese for ‘night sky’).
Midnight Yozora Automatic with matching Nakaya pen
The artistic cross-cultural pollination, a collaboration between Harry Winston and Nakaya, a writing instrument company from Japan, is thrilling, to say the least. It also marks the first time that Harry Winston is rolling out a co-branded creation. Limited to 10 pieces each, there is one version for men in 42mm white gold, and another for women in 39mm rose gold. Each comes in a special bamboo presentation box with a matching Nakaya pen.
Harry Winston’s artistic impetus is so strong, it even dominates the brand’s mechanical marvels. The best example of this is the Historie de Tourbillon 10, the brand’s technical highlight of 2019.
Historie de Tourbillon 10
Complication watch connoisseurs will have a field day poring over the intricacies of the watch’s quadruple tourbillon movement, armed with three differential systems for optimum energy distribution and timekeeping precision. Even so, a massive part of the Historie de Tourbillon 10’s appeal is its imposing aesthetic – a 45mm by 32mm mechanical behemoth with four tourbillons performing a sophisticated and choreographed mechanical dance like a mini sculpture that would be equally at home in a modern art museum.
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Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.