Harry Winston Opus Eleven - Disintegration of Time

Mar 29, 2011
The Harry Winston Opus collection welcomes another courageous member Opus Eleven. Created by Denis Giguet, the timepiece, equipped with ingenious mechanisms, blows up watchmaking standards as it brings into the horological world the disintegration of time itself.

The Harry Winston Opus Eleven watch shows off an extremely complex case. Your glance will be caught by three overlapping cylinders positioned on three levels and configured to deconstruct time. The main circle is for the hour, with two pavilions on the side.

The upper pavilion is for the minutes presented on a jumping disk for the tens and a running disk for the units. The slightly lower pavilion demonstrates the regular beat of a big balance-wheel in titanium.

The hours have to endure anarchy every 60 minutes. The hour numeral is assembled in the center of the dial. You will see it exploding into chaos and, then, instantly reassembling as the next hour. The hour numeral stays still until the next disintegration takes place.

The conventional hand has been substituted by 24 placards revolving and rotating with help of a complicated gear-system positioned on an epicycloidal gear-train.

The rotating platform has four satellites, each bearing three pairs of placards. The satellites are responsible for a vertical transmission via a train of 8 intermediate wheels, 3 elliptical gears, a triangular wheel and 6 conical pinions. The bevel gears change the axis of rotation of the placards and position them according to a sophisticated drill maneuver. The triangular wheel and elliptic gears are responsible for varying the gear ratio, thus absorbing shocks and keeping the placards away from colliding.

The creators of the 11th Opus used sophisticated programs to come up with tooth profiles of the triangular and elliptical gearing. Parts are manufactured with help of photolithography, which allows to produces micro-components to an amazing precision.

The conical pinions used for the bevel gears are just 1.2mm wide, with the teeth being exactly profiled and angled with help of an innovative gear-cutting technique.

The 18K white gold case of the Opus Eleven features a transparent case-back. You can admire the manually-wound movement beating inside inspired by the style of the old pocket-watch movements, having a big balance-wheel. The 566-part, 155-jewel movement demonstrates traditional finishing.

The Harry Winston Opus Eleven watch is also available sparkling with princess-cut diamonds on the contour of the case-band.

The amazing Harry Winston watch is limited to just 111 pieces. It is 30-meter water-resistant.

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