High Jewellery Timepieces

by BTM

Tue, 03 October 2017

High Jewellery Timepieces

This red carpet favourite introduces breathtaking and adaptable new options.

Divine Time by Harry Winston is a scintillating and versatile high jewellery timepiece that can either be worn as a pendant or on the wrist as a traditional timepiece. Set with an array of glistening diamonds, time has never been so brilliant.

New York City – the city of soaring skyscrapers, sophisticated nightlife and the epicentre of the Art Deco movement in the United States – is also home to Harry Winston. Founded in 1932, at the height of the Art Deco movement, Harry Winston’s dazzling creations shifted the spotlight of the high jewellery scene from Paris to New York City. The Divine Time by Harry Winston captures the spirit of this period to perfection, marrying its refined, symmetrical elegance with the brilliance of Harry Winston’s unparalleled diamonds.

An array of diamonds, cut in different shapes and sizes, covers the entire surface of the 18-karat white gold timepiece and demonstrates the expertise of Harry Winston’s stone cutters and gem setters. Starting from the centre, the dial is paved with 188 brilliant-cut diamonds and set with six stunning marquise diamonds, which also serve as hour markers.

Echoing the silhouette of the curvaceous case are 28 brilliant-cut diamonds crowned at both ends by a magnificent trio of a baguette cut flanked by two marquise diamonds.

The Divine Time by Harry Winston can be worn as a pendant, with a Harry Winston tag set with a brilliant-cut diamond on an 18-karat white gold chain, or around the wrist on an openwork alligator leather strap, which is embellished with an additional 27 brilliant-cut diamonds on the ardillon buckle.

The second new introduction is part of the Harry Winston The Ocean Collection, the Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm which features a timepiece deck animated with a sophisticated double retrograde complication and a splash of diamonds that celebrates the legendary ‘King of Diamonds’.

The new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm bears two of Harry Winston’s hallmark complications – excentred hours and minutes and a double retrograde display. As with all timepieces in the Ocean Collection, two arches, inspired by the grand arched doorway leading to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, embrace the crown. And, in celebration of Mr Winston’s lifelong passion for diamonds, a total of 367 brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the timepiece with light and sophistication.

The dial mimics the curves and contours of the white gold case, with sweeping arcs and circles that dance to the light of 127 brilliant-cut diamonds. Set against an opalescent white mother-of-pearl dial, the excentered hours and minutes counter on the upper half of the dial is encircled by three rings of brilliant-cut diamonds. The two retrograde counters on the lower half of the dial – indicating the seconds and the day of the week – are also housed in semi-circular counters, with diamond borders and embellished with a wavy guilloché design, like tide marks in the sand.

The principal counters are slightly elevated above the small diamond-set triangle, drawing the eye towards the circular date window. The hands are treated with a luminescent coating, the date window features a magnifying glass and the timepiece is waterresistant to depths of 100 metres. With the iconic emerald-shaped Harry Winston logo crowning the scenery at 12 o’clock, the words ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘Automatic’ adorn the outermost part of the dial.

The retrograde seconds function traces the arc from zero to thirty, and then jumps back in a counter-clockwise motion to zero. The days of the week counter advances every 24 hours and performs its sweeping jump on Sunday at midnight. To ensure that the various functions are precise, the timepiece is equipped with a first-class Swiss automatic movement, with the latest silicon technology.

There are many advantages of using silicon in the balance spring. It is lighter than metal, impervious to magnetic fields and corrosion, shock-resilient, flexible and less prone to deformation. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, the movement and the 18-karat white gold rotor are beautifully handfinished and decorated with circular Côtes de Genève motifs, rhodium plating and circular graining – an exclusive feature of Harry Winston timepieces. The Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm is presented on an elegant alligator strap in a new shade of blue. Fastened to the wrist with an 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 44 diamonds, an 18-karat white gold folding clasp has been integrated for added comfort and security.

Harry Winston timepieces are available in the Kingdom at Bahrain Jewellery Centre, Moda Mall.

Call 17 520-053.