Harry Winston Launches New 2012 Timepiece Collections

By Paul Joseph

Luxury watch brand Harry Winston has unveiled its new collections for 2012, including a limited edition timepiece billed as defying the conventional rules of watchmaking.

Limited to just 120 pieces, the Opus 12 was one of the star attractions of the recent BaselWorld watch fair in Switzerland thanks to its unique mechanism that has captured the imagination of watch lovers across the world.

The watch, which is available in white gold in a 46mm case, features a central dial showing the minutes, hours and half-an-hour slots, moving about clockwise in a unique animated setting.

Twenty-four separate hands are positioned all around the dial, with each set of two hands displaying the hours for the small hands, and the minutes for the long hands.

Every 5 minutes the minute hand rotates on itself to reveal a blue face, and when the 5 minutes are over it rotates once again and shows a grey face. Meanwhile the hour hand will do the same every 60 minutes.

Other notable features include a manual winding movement of 607 parts and 2 barrels, crystal anti-reflective sapphire, water resistance up to 30 meters, and a power reserve of 45 hours.

As well as the Opus 12, Harry Winston has also released several other timepieces including a new addition to its Ocean Sport collection, and a contemporary redesign of the iconic Premier Collection.

The Harry Winston Opus 12 is priced at $260 000.

By Paul Joseph