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 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.