In terms of the last outcome, the colours are quite stunning, particularly that of the shade of green to the Emerald piece. Furthermore, taking a look at the design of the dial, the craftsmanship recreating the wing design on alloy in what’s basically a mix between marquetry and cloisonné procedure with much finer, albeit virtually microscopic material is impressive.The new Harry Winston Premier Precious Butterfly set comes housing a automatic mechanical movement (the HW2008) that especially incorporates a horizontal ion equilibrium spring hammering at 4Hz. That Harry Winston clearly took the opportunity to integrate a thoughtful quality automatic movement rather than an easy quartz one is something that I really enjoy for a number of reasons.First, not only did it include it, however, they also made certain to feature it with a sapphire caseback, rhodium plating, also round Côtes de Genève finishing, as it is purposely intended to be looked at. Second, in an opinion like this where the artistry and the intricacy of the dial would clearly take center stage, the movement indoors becomes something more personal. While lots of people would notice the intricacies of this dial function, it is the woman wearing it that’s actually enjoying the automatic movement underneath whether anyone sees it or not. This design strategy evokes a focus on the modern “Harry Winston woman” and why she actually wears amazing things.
The Histoire de Tourbillon series is going to get Harry Winston in trouble. Seeing how every iteration of this series of incredible legacy watches has gotten exponentially more and more complex every year, we’re starting to wonder how on Earth will they be able to deliver something that can up the ante from the previous version. Still, it doesn’t look like 2016 will be the year the Histoire De Tourbillon plateaued, with the introduction of the downright galactic Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 for Baselworld.
So how, exactly, does one go about topping 2015’s eye-watering, $600,000 Tourbillon 6, which marveled with nearly 700 parts, two time indicators, an 80-hour power reserve, and a tri-axial tourbillon – all housed in a titanic 55mm case? Easy. You double down with not one, but two bi-axial tourbillons married by a spherical differential that averages their behavioral patterns relative to position and gravity to yield a spectacular, synchronous ballet with time. Easy, right?
On paper, the HW4502 movement might appear simpler, as it’s comprised of only a hair over 500 components and 84 jewels. Plus, this latest version doesn’t contain nearly as many different complications as the Tourbillon 6. Also, it’s still about the same size as your (above-average-sized) modern wristwatch, at 43.5 millimeter wide and 8.65 millimeter thick – and again, those are the dimensions of just the movement alone! Anyhow, that notable reduction in component count seems to have enabled the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7’s movement engineers to focus on the technical wizardry behind taking a single tourbillon complication with two axes of differing trajectories that drive the escapements, and doubling it – a scientifically calculated feat Winston describes was accomplished with “extraordinary technical intensity.” Sounds about right.
The two biaxial tourbillons each contain 117 parts and every weigh 0.76 g — that is… wait for it… a mind-boggling 0.0065 g average weight per part in these “whirlwinds.” The balance wheels within the tourbillons have been inclined at 30 degrees (read more about why that things in this epic hands-on of the Greubel Forsey Dual Balancier) and are ticking away at a relatively hectic 3 Hertz or 21,600 beats per hour. Biaxial means two axes of rotation, and that, in turn, usually means two separate timings. The situation is no different in the event of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 either, as the inside cages of the tourbillons create a complete rotation in 45 minutes, whereas the exterior pliers come around in 75 seconds, respectively. This dance lasts about 55 hours, when you’ll want to manually re-wind the hand-wound caliber.Focusing on the tourbillons has also simplified the dial and made the watch overall more legible — an achievement we love just as much (or even more), as any additional progress in technical complexity. The dial is this rectangular, softly skeletonized layout in anodized aluminum, with numerals and hands which you could actually read. Given the 50.9mm diameter of this massive, 18k white gold case, the dial must be on exactly the exact same size as you would see on a Reverso — so legibility shouldn’t be a problem anymore.ou’ll also note that while the white gold case was slimmed to a paltry ~51mm in diameter and 17.3millimeters in thickness the lugs have also been shortened and turned down, likely in a bid to further enhance wearability as well.Only twenty pieces of this Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 will probably be made — ten in a red dial option, and ten at an anthracite variant, and the jury remains out on whether or not the cost will exceed last season’s edition. Stay tuned for official pricing and opinions from our Baselworld 2016 coverage.
The two biaxial tourbillons each contain 117 components and each weigh 0.76 grams – that is… wait for it… a mind-boggling 0.0065 gram average weight per component in these “whirlwinds.” The balance wheels inside the tourbillons have been inclined at 30 degrees (read more about why that matters in this epic hands-on of the Greubel Forsey Double Balancier) and are ticking away at a relatively hectic 3 Hertz or 21,600 beats per hour. Biaxial means two axes of rotation, and that, in turn, usually means two separate timings. The situation is no different in the case of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 either, as the interior cages of the tourbillons make a full rotation in 45 seconds, while the exterior cages come around in 75 seconds, respectively. This dance lasts about 55 hours, when you’ll need to manually re-wind the hand-wound caliber.
Focusing on the tourbillons has also simplified the dial and made the watch overall more legible – an accomplishment we appreciate just as much (if not more), as any further advancements in technical complexity. The dial is this rectangular, gently skeletonized design in anodized aluminum, with numerals and hands that you can actually read. Given the 50.9mm diameter of the massive, 18k white gold case, the dial should be about the same size as you’d see on a Reverso – so legibility shouldn’t be an issue anymore.
You’ll also note that while the white gold case has been slimmed to a paltry ~51mm in diameter and 17.3mm in thickness the lugs have also been shortened and turned down, likely in an effort to further improve wearability as well.
Only twenty pieces of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 will be made – ten in a red dial option, and ten in an anthracite version, and the jury’s still out on whether or not the price will exceed last year’s edition. Stay tuned for official pricing and impressions from our Baselworld 2016 coverage. harrywinston.com