Harry Winston has enlisted the help of several designers and watchmakers to produce his recent collection. This collection is unique in that its watches are dedicated to explore the function of the Tourbillion. The first in this series and the instant model is the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No. 1.
The Histoire De Tourbillon 1 comes in a very limited edition of 20 pieces. This tourbillon has a large sized case which measures 48 millimeters in diameter. The case is made of 18k white gold and Zalium, which is an exclusive metal used by Harry Winston. This alloy of aluminum and Zirconium is lightweight and perfect for use on a watch. In addition to having low density, this Zirconium based alloy has great thermal resistance and durability. The front of the case and covering the dial is an eye grabbing sapphire crystal that is large and dome shaped, which gives the whole watch a very unique look. This timepiece is water resistant upto 30 meters.
Inside the case is a double tourbillon concept that is meant to increase accuracy as well as visual appeal. The watch features two 25 degree inclined single axis tourbillons with rapid 36 second rotations which neutralize any effects of gravity. This entire system is comprised of 88 components and each Tourbillon system weighs only 0.46 grams.
This dual single-axis tourbillon, which sits at an angle, can be observed through the dial. Sculpted features, along with the reflecting light on the bas-relief bridge, create an illusion of movement that is fascinating to observe. The ruby jewel bearing are also exposed. The watch face display hours and minute hands that are yellow and easy to read as they contrast really well against the busy background and stand out. The front rotating disk on the dial displays the hour and minute markers, and there are addition hour, minute, and seconds displayed in the back. All the features work extremely well and cohesively to create one of a kind dial.
As mentioned above, the Histoire De Tourbillon 1 comes in a limited edition of 20 pieces so only a handful of people will get to enjoy it.
Case Size – 48 millimeters
Solid case back
Movement – Manually-wound, Functions include hours, minutes, double tourbillon on dial
Power Reserve – 48 hours
Watch Materials: White Gold and Zalium
Crown – Screw down
Dial Color – Black with the double Tourbillons and the bridge
Band Type – Crocodile Leather Strap, Clasp Type – Tang