Harry Winston : The other way around

Opus 12

Movement : mechanical hand-wound Case : white gold Diameter : 46mm Functions : hours and 1/12th hour by a system of double rotating hands, retrograde five-minute display, small seconds, 45h power reserve Water resistance : 30 metres Caseback : sapphire crystal Strap : black alligator leather

As anticipated, the new number 12 version of the Opus from Harry Winston again fulfilled expectations. The Opus 12 once more defined the conventional rules of watchmaking to overturn the perception of time. Inspired by the Copernican revolution which postulated that the earth spins around the sun as well as on its own axis, this watch turns time upside down. The passing of time is no longer displayed by hands placed at the centre of the dial, but instead by a pair of peripherally driven hands pointing inwards from the dial circumference. At each change of hour, the movement powers the successive rotation of the hands, while the lower part of dial features a retrograde five-minute display, and a floating small seconds indication sweeps over a power-reserve indicator. A truly surprising mechanism stemming from cooperation between watch developer Emmanuel Boucher and designer Augustin Nussbaum.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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