Harry Winston Unveils Histoire de Tourbillon 2 Watch

Jan 12, 2011
In 2009, Harry Winston unveiled its Histoire de Tourbillon collection of timepieces characterized by technical sophistication and highly attractive design.

This year, the collection welcomes a new exclusive watch limited to just 20 pieces. Histoire de Tourbillon 2 watch boasts an ingenious construction and incorporates a bi-axial flying tourbillon.

The design peculiarity is that all the displays are found in independent offset sub-dials. The tourbillon along with running seconds is positioned at 9 oclock, the hours with day/night indications at 2 oclock and the minutes at 6 oclock. The case construction is smartly partitioned, thus forming several different levels.

The case construction of the new Harry Winston watch incorporates eight sapphire crystals to be perceived as windows to a futuristic world, with technology forging the passing of time. Five of the sapphire crystals are found on the dial side - with three for the time indications, and three of them found on the case-back. The case is sculptured in white gold and measures 48.5 mm in diameter. The case boasts a three-level bezel, one more significant accomplishment in terms of providing 30-meter water resistance.

The heart of Histoire de Tourbillon 2 is a mechanical hand-wound movement elaborated exclusively for the brand. The bi-axial flying tourbillon paralyzes the glance by its intricate structure. Lacking an upper bridge, the tourbillon is held on the side of the movement, so one cannot see its point of fixation and the tourbillon seems to be suspended in mid-air, floating in complete freedom. The tourbillon carriage provides a fascinating sense of depth.

The bi-axial flying tourbillon unites two concentric carriages and acquires extra precision due to its regulating organ performing multi-dimensional rotations. The amazing visual effect is reached due to an outer carriage that performs one full turn in 120 seconds and accommodates an internal carriage holding the balance, balance-spring and escapement that completes a revolution in just 40 seconds.

The hand-crafted tourbillon movement is embellished with circular-grained, polished and shotpeened finishes and demonstrates an eye-pleasing contrast between light and dark surfaces. The movement guarantees excellent rating precision, improved by the constant shifting of positions, as well as the remarkable lightness and resistance of the external titanium carriage. It gives an advantage of a 50-hour power-reserve.

The dial provides supreme readability. The hour and minutes sub-dials boast a bold, ultra-contemporary design. Their orange-accented hands contrast nicely with the opaline black dial. The day/night indications are presented in different colors - orange for day, and blue for night. The cool look of the dial is enhanced by two extra dial apertures featuring a straight-line guilloche motif.

The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 2 watch has been designed for those in love with contemporary Haute as a high-tech instrument that is also a precious work of art.

The Harry Winston watch embraces the wrist with a satt black alligator leather strap.

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