HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS
HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS
HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS
HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS
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HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS

OPUS 9 MODEL

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HARRY WINSTON, JEAN-MARC WIEDERRECHT & ERIC GIROUD. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND GARNET-SET LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED SQUARE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN TIME INDICATORS
OPUS 9 MODEL
Movement: Automatic
Dial: Black, each chain with 33 diamonds and garnets to mark the hours and minutes
Case: 45 mm. wide
With: 18k white gold Harry Winston buckle, product literature, Harry Winston service invoice, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Limited to 9 pieces, No. 9⁄9
Note: Serial numbers are available upon request
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Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Lot Essay

Harry Winston’s highly imaginative collaborations with some of the world’s foremost watchmakers in the creation of the brand’s Opus collections has attracted the attention of serious watch collectors, something that few jewellery houses have ever achieved.
The present watch, the diamond-set white gold ‘Opus 9’ model, is number 9 of a limited edition of 9 examples made only and therefore the last watch of this highly exclusive series to be produced. Presented in excellent condition, it is furthermore offered with the original numbered fitted box.
Representing a journey of collaboration, innovation and creativity, the Opus 9 is unique in many ways. It marked the first time that Harry Winston had partnered with two independent innovative forces in haute horlogerie. Both long-time designers for Harry Winston, watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, and designer, Eric Giroud, have contributed to some of Harry Winton's most remarkable timepieces. Opus 9 is also the first timepiece of the Opus series to use diamonds, not merely as a decorative element, but as the main purpose of telling time. "We set out to create pure linear time," Jean-Marc Wiederrecht explained. "We very quickly ruled out complications and chose to work on an existing movement. The challenge was to incorporate and highlight the diamonds as functional elements of the watch."

Instead of a traditional watch hand and cyclical dial, time is reduced to its most fundamental expression to show the hours and minutes by two parallel chains of 33 baguette-cut diamonds, punctuated with three mandarin garnets to indicate the exact time. The main technical challenge came from the added weight of the diamonds when engineering these chains. Each diamond and garnet had to be cut to watchmaking precision to fit in the links, in fact, 50 of the diamonds Wiederrecht received from Harry Winton had to be sent back.

The white gold case designed by Eric Giroud is at once stark and sculptural. Its minimalist design was to emphasize the functional beauty and the brilliance of the diamonds while supporting the movement which was totally concealed in the case. The idea for the Opus 9 came to Giroud while he was on vacation by the sea. His starting point was purity as he wanted to incorporate light and transparency into the case, inspired by the way the sunlight hit the water.

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