Harry Winston Opus 10

in New Releases | Sunday, September 19. 2010

Harry Winston launched The Opus Series in 2001 each year since they have partnered with the industry’s best watch makers to create a new Opus that is both groundbreaking and beautiful. This year Harry Winston has partnered with watch engineer Jean-François Mojon and the collaboration brought about the OPUS 10. A timepiece inspired by planetary movements and the space-time continuum the watch uses shapes and the dimensionality of time through the synchronous rotation of circular motions.

The Opus 10 strays from tradition with its innovative system of rotating indicators mounted on a revolving frame. The revolving frame rotates in one direction while the dials of each indicator turn in the opposite direction, this ensures that the orientation remains constant in any position. The hand-wound mechanical movement includes indicators for hours, minutes, seconds, and secondary time-zone, all set on the individual satellite wheels which orbit around the central, solar wheel. The movement allows for a 72-hour power reserve.

The watch features a 46 millimeter case constructed from white gold and is designed without a bezel. The rounded sapphire crystal is attached directly to case. The case-back is marked with both Harry Winston's and watch engineer Jean-François Mojon's names. The reference 500/MMJFMWL.K is completed with a black alligator strap and an 18 carat white gold buckle. The Harry Winston Opus 10 is a limited edition of jut 100 pieces.

It may seem a bit abnormal to give such an expensive watch a faded and aged appearance, but I think it works quite well for the watch. With its stunning blue pvd case and its cutting-edge technology the Concord C1 Vintage Chronograph watch is a very beautiful and interesting looking watch. The vintage look of the C1 chronograph is both sporty and classic using a unique “worn” blue PVD case and distressed leather strap. The watch retails for $13,900.

The C1 case is constructed from stainless steel and then treated with a blue PVD coating. The case measures 44 millimeters in diameter by 16.70 millimeters thick and features a bezel with 8 black rubber protectors. The dial is a complex design with multiple layers and contains both black carbon fiber and galvanic blue elements. The indexes and hour-minutes hands have been treated with superluminova coating for better visibility in low light situations. The chronograph counters are located at 6 and 12 o’clock with the date opening at 3 o’clock and small second on rotating disk. The dial is protected by a 3.3 millimeters thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment applied on both sides.

The C1 Vintage Chronograph is powered by the Cosc certified mechanical automatic movement, Valgranges, which beats at 28′800 vibrations per hour and contains 25 jewels. The movement includes for hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph functions and a 48-hour power reserve. The open case-back is secured with 8 screws, the superior case construction assures a water resistance of up to 200 meters. The watch is secured to the wearers wrist with a vintage blue leather strap and black PVD-treated stainless steel Concord deployment buckle.

In addition to the Admiral's Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix Watch released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Corum’s Admiral’s Cup collection is the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher. The mono-pusher chronograph complication is the star of the watch, and much less common than the conventional twin-pusher chronograph. The single pusher is used to stop, start and reset the chronograph. The reference 961.101.94/0371 is limited to just 555 numbered pieces.

The watch features a 44 millimeter case with the standard Admiral Cup shape with twelve sides sculptured from grade 5 titanium treated with a resistant matt black PVD coating. The case material is known for being extremely light yet durable with an outstanding hardness of 1300 Vickers. The bezel is also treated with black PVD coating. The dark grey and black dial has a central area decorated with a Cotes de Geneve pattern. The hour markers are around the inner bezel ring feature the traditional lacquered nautical pennants. The dial also has several small red accents on the triangle indicating the date, the minute-circle index and the chronograph minute hand. The dial is protected by a cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

The Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-Pusher timepiece is powered by the brand’s exclusive mechanical self-winding CO961 Caliber movement. The movement includes 27 jewels, oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with its black PVD-coated oscillating weight, may be admired via the sapphire crystal case-back. The precision and reliability of the movement is guaranteed by the COSC chronometer-certification. The movement offers a 48-hour power-reserve and is waterproof to 100 meters.

FRANC VILA has unveiled a new timepiece into the brand’s SuperLigero Concept collection. The FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater timepiece features a 5 minute repetition complication and a case made from DLC Blackened titanium and Lightnium, an aluminium-lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. The case shape echoes the brands standard a Special “Esprit Unique ”shape with elliptic and circular bezel. The dial and case-back are protected by a sapphire crystal with double sided antiglare treatment.

The Supersonico is powered by the high grade mechanical self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV35 and features the FRANC VILA exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”. The movement allows for hours, minutes and seconds with a 5-minutes repeater and 42 hour power reserve. The superior case construction allows for a water resistance of up to 100 meters. The watch is secured to the wearer's wrist with a rubber sport strap with DLC Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle. A double sided crocodile leather strap with red stitching is also included. The DLC version is limited edition 88 pieces and has an expected retail of $44,000.

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