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Harry Winston Unveil Project Z13 Watch Made from Zalium

By Paul Joseph

Luxury Swiss watch brand Harry Winston has revealed its latest timepiece, the Project Z13 watch, made from a high-tech alloy called zalium.

As the name suggests, the Z13 is the 13th model in the Project Z collection which typically gets a new addition every year.

The history of the collection dates back to 2004 when Harry Winston’s R&D department embarked on a quest to find a new case material. The result was a new material called Zalium, a zirconium-aluminium alloy which is similar to a zirconium-based material used in aeronautical engineering.

The material is not only less prone to scratching than gold and steel but also hypo-allergenic, corrosion-resistant and extremely hard. It is also incredibly lightweight in comparison to steel and gold.

The latest addition to the collection features a 42.4mm case that is made of Zalium and is ultra light weight and robust. It is powered by the mechanical automatic HW3202 movement which is made of 278 components and offers 68 hours of power reserve.

At 12 o’clock is the off-centered sub-dial that displays time, while the moon phase display is located at 6 o’clock. The moon phase – appearing for the first time in the Project Z series – is designed as a stylized ‘Shuriken’ (a traditional Japanese weapon) symbol, a signature motif of the series.

Only 300 examples of the Harry Winston Z13 watch will be made, each priced at $24,300.

By Paul Joseph