Opus X - Groundbreaking Harry Winston and Jean-Francois Mojon Creation

Apr 16, 2010
The Harry Winston Opus Series, a collection of most groundbreaking wristwatches, was born in 2001. Each Opus watch, sculptured from finest materials, is created in collaboration with most talented independent watchmakers as an innovative and abstract time expression.

In 2010, Harry Winston has partnered with watch engineer Jean-Francois Mojon to conceive the Opus X, the timepiece inspired by planetary movements and the space-time continuum. The watch demonstrates the synchronous rotation of circular motions, displaying time as a sophisticated system of rotating indicators positioned on a revolving frame. The time display represents a true technical challenge, as the frame performs a full rotation, the dials of each indicator turn in the opposite direction to guarantee that orientation stays constant in any position.

The heart of the Opus X is a hand-wound mechanical movement inspired by the celestial mechanics of the solar system. The movement functions as a planetary gear train, incorporating a solar wheel, satellite wheels, and frame. The hours, minutes, seconds, and a second time-zone indicators are found on the individual satellite wheels, orbiting around the solar wheel in the center. Each indicator is positioned at a little incline, so that the dials can follow the curvature of the case, along with offering fluidity in rotation. The separately-driven frame performs a full rotation in 24 hours.

The 72-hour power reserve is worth special attention. It operates as a special planetary gear train, with the diameter of the satellite wheel being equal to the radius of the crown wheel to result in a linear indication. The stability and functionality of the power reserve are perfected by the balance regulation and chamfered bridges. The see-through case-back reveals the geometric precision and fascinating finishing of the movement.

The case of the Harry Winston Opus watch is crafted from white gold and measures 46mm in diameter. The case construction actually lacks the bezel for extra light and transparency of its design. The rounded sapphire crystal is attached directly to the case. The case is coupled with a black alligator strap. It is 30-meter water-resistant.

The bottom of the case demonstrates the names of both partners - Harry Winston and Jean-Francois Mojon.

The Harry Winston Opus X watch will be limited to 100 pieces.

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