Baselworld 2012 Spotlight: Harry Winston Opus 12 Watch


Every year many anticipate what Harry Winston will be revealing at Baselworld. Last year in 2011 Harry Wintson introduced the Opus 11 which was a very unique and complex piece that used “pallets” to indicate time. The official Opus 11 video can be seen here.

This year Harry Winston unveils another exceptional timepiece to Baselworld 2012 with the Opus 12. The Opus 12 was in collaboration with Emanual Bouchet, an expert watchmaker whose passion stands to create genuine timepieces that have exceptional and complex ways of telling time. The Opus 12 features another nontraditional way of displaying time. Instead of using conventional hands that extrude from the center, the Opus 12 uses inverted hands that protrude from the outer brim inwards. The short blue hand indicates the hours and the longer hand mark the minutes.

These hands animate on the minutes and hours by flipping and turning to introduce a new of way of expressing time. Because the main minute hand only works in five minute increments, a minute indicator is incorporated that works also as a power reserve. Keeping in mind that the Opus 12 has over 600 parts and has 2 mainspring barrels this piece (one of which is dedicated just for the movement of the hands), the power reserve is only about 45 hours.

Harry Wintson Opus 12 is approximately 46mm wide and the core of the case is made of Harry Winston’s zirconium alloy. It will also be available in polished18k white gold and other versions will include diamonds. The Opus 12 are limited editions and only 120 pieces of each version will be crafted. The approximate price is said to be $260,000.

Harry Winston Opus 12 Watch Specifications

Mechanical Manually-Wound
28,800 vph
80 jewels

Hour, minutes,seconds
Power Reserve – 45 Hours

Material: Zirconium Alloy / 18k White Gold / Diamonds
Diameter: 46mm
Crystal: Anti-reflective Saphire
Water resistance: 30 meters

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