Over 600 Diamonds in One Wristwatch

Aug 03, 2007

'If only I could, I would attach the diamonds directly onto a lady's skin' - the new Duchesse jewelry watch reincarnates the dream of Harry Winston, legendary jeweler-watchmaker. The platinum case of the watch has the bezel set with 114 Trapeze baguette-cut diamonds. The dial of the Duchesse is paved with 81 round-cut diamonds. As for the platinum bracelet of the timepiece, it is set with 217 Trapeze baguette-cut diamonds and 255 round-cut diamonds. Altogether, the Harry Winston masterpiece comprises amazing 667 gemstones!

What is remarkable about the watch, the setting of diamonds is relatively invisible, so that the gems have all the required space to express their brilliance. The signature of the Harry Winston watch is its three-dimensional shape. The Duchesse jewelry watch was inspired by the cameo, the ornament the ladies often use for securing a scarf.

The unconventionally pear-shaped case of the Duchesse reminds a brooch, with nine parallel strands of the bracelet. The bracelet strands are flowing from the watch's case the same way as the scarf beneath a cameo, accentuating the contours of the wrist. The haute-couture artisans hand-crafted the bracelet of the Harry Winston watch, having applied 'one stone - one link' principle, so that there are no gaps between the gemstones.

The artisan jewelers set the diamonds in a 'reverse pyramid' motif that makes the gems seem to be free-mounted. Independent strands of the bracelet are symmetrically linked with help of the clasp press. Moreover, the so-called 'claw', the screwed part necessary for closing the back of the 'cameo', represents an open-work pear shape. The 'claw' gives everyone interested a chance to see the interior of the Duchesse watch and, if necessary, access the corrector for time-setting that is placed on the case-back.

The Harry Winston Duchesse watch is the first 'crown' in the haute-jewelry-watches trio. The other two exclusive timepieces to be introduced later will be created in the shape of a necklace clasp and a hair ribbon.

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