The Opus collection, one of Harry Winston’s most exquisite series, is also one of the most non-conventional ways to measure time of human history. Numbered with roman letters, the timepieces of this collection are also proofs of what human hands are able to achieve. It’s now time for the Opus XIII to see the light of day, developed in close collaboration with Ludovic Ballouard.
This piece is a limited edition, just like its brothers, and will reportedly be manufactured in just 130 pieces. It sports a series of 59 pivoting minute hands, a sliding trapdoor performing a gorgeous show which involves a vanishing-like act of the hours and minutes, and eleven rotating triangles for the hours.
The case, crafted from 18-carat white gold, measures 44.25 mm in diameter and 13.8 mm in height. The timepiece gorgeously displays the Harry Winston branding on the bezel at the 12 o’clock position, while the nomination OPUS XIII is engraved at 6 o’clock. Heading further into the high-tech of this fabulous gadget we notice a sapphire crystal caseback, facetted dome, polished, triangular, rhodium-plated hour hands and smoked sapphire crystal above the minute hands.
Inside beats a staggeringly complicate heart – the manually wound mechanical movement sports a total of 364 components and 242 jewels. It beats for 21,600 times per hour aided by a 35-hour power reserve. It is also able to resist to depths of as much as 30 meters. The strapping system is made of black alligator leather, with an 18-carat white gold folding buckle. They even say it comes at an equally fabulous price – $300,000 apiece.