Carl Eady reviewed a stunning Harry Winston Ocean Biretrograde self-winding 42mm watch with a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial and diamond case.
The late Harry Winston (Harry Winston) is known as the “King of Diamonds” and is well-known worldwide. During his long and prosperous life, he owned and traded some of the most famous gems on the planet, including the Jonker Diamond and the Hope Diamond. Since the marketing genius made him lend diamonds to Jennifer Jones (Jennifer Jones) for best actress at the 1944 Academy Awards, his name has been inseparable from Hollywood stars. The award ceremony and haute couture ensemble were looking for one of the brand’s diamond-studded works. It wasn’t until 1989, about 11 years after Harry Winston’s death, that the brand’s first watch series came out. Since then, its watchmaking ability has grown from powerful to brilliant.
In 2001, the then-Harry Winston (Harry Winston) rare timing chief executive Max Büsser (Max Büsser) planned and launched the “Opus” series of watches. FP Journe created the first collection series, a stunning and mechanically outstanding timepiece series. Since then, respected independent watchmakers such as Felix Baumgartner, Vianney Halter, Greubel Forsey and Andreas Strehler have contributed to the Opus project, further enhancing the brand’s watch credibility.
The Swatch Group acquired Harry Winston in 2013. Under the ownership of the Swiss giant, the Swatch Group continues to issue some of the most luxurious watches on the market. Its collection includes conservative “Emerald”, elegant “Premier” and “Avenue”, to incredible technology “Tourbillon History” and “Project Z”. All of these have served as one of the crown jewels of the Swatch Group for the establishment of the Harry Winston timepiece.
In 2017, in order to comply with the nautical theme of the series, Harry Winston released the stunning version of “Ocean Double Retrograde”. The watch is equipped with a mother-of-pearl dial and a total of 367 brilliants. Cut diamonds.
The dial configuration will prove familiar to the devotees of Harry Winston. It consists of eccentric hour and minute sub-dials, with double retrograde, semi-circular displays on both sides, which show the week and day of the week respectively. The surface of each pointer is coated with Super-LumiNova to maximize readability, although I suspect that most of the life of this watch Online will be concentrated in the spotlight. The circumferences of the hour and minute hands are highly polished white gold scales separated by clusters of brilliant-cut diamonds. This dazzling effect is copied to the curved trajectory of the retrograde function, providing a satisfactory balance and symmetry. In order to highlight the marine theme, the mother-of-pearl on each retrograde display is decorated with a delicate guilloche wave pattern, which may be a small detail, but it strengthens the nautical theme.
The triangular diamond-encrusted hands are located on the lower part of the dial, drawing the eye to the date at 6 o’clock. The circular hole is surrounded by more diamonds, and the date is displayed through an enlarged porthole. The clever use of depth and volume conveys a mastery of perspective, which will please the most discerning watch connoisseur.
Compared with many Swiss brands in the Swatch Group, Harry Winston is relatively young. However, nostalgia pervades every case of The Ocean Collection. The eye-catching crown with the initials “HW” is protected by two wide shoulders, paying tribute to the grand arch of the Harry Winston Salon on Fifth Avenue in New York. The 18k white gold case and tapered lugs are decorated with brilliant-cut white diamonds. Even the lugs and the grooves in the Biretrograde pusher are filled with diamonds.
A case with a diameter of 42mm is not suitable for medium wrists, especially considering its sparkling starry sky. By keeping the depth at only 10.6 mm, the watch wears exceptionally well and can be easily slipped into the shirt cuff in those moments where moderation is needed.
On the contrary, Harry Winston’s name, logo and gold sign mark the exquisite circular brushes around the case. The lower side of the ears is decorated with linear brushwork to complete the case decoration. The sapphire caseback provides a view of the movement.
Such exquisite jewelry watches, especially attractive brands, are dangerous and may ignore the value of swiss replica watches. However, the HW3305 movement is a highly reliable Swiss movement with rich functions.
The self-winding movement includes 312 parts, including 35 jewels. Its intricate decoration is outstanding, and it shows a variety of decoration techniques. The hollow platinum rotor is engraved with Harry Winston’s name, while the bridge is decorated with circular textures, Geneva corrugated decoration and professional twill decoration.
The HW3305 movement uses the latest silicon technology. In the past decade, several luxury brands have adopted silicon due to its characteristics. This state-of-the-art glass-like material is corrosion-resistant, diamagnetic, impact-resistant, and resistant to deformation. However, from the owner’s point of view, perhaps the most significant benefit of using silicon is to extend maintenance intervals.
The power reserve is 65 hours and the frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4 Hz).