Harry Winston : Like a whirlpool

Ocean Tourbillon Big Date

Movement : mechanical hand-wound, 110h power reserve Case : pink gold Diameter : 45mm Functions : hours, minutes, date, tourbillon Caseback : sapphire crystal Water resistance : 50m Strap : black alligator leather Limited edition : 25

This particular tourbillon (a technical term stemming from French word that may be alternatively translated as whirlwind, whirlpool or simply swirl) floats in an ocean of innovation. Such is at any rate the visual effect sought by Harry Winston which releases the stellar complication from its traditional construction. Rather than a tourbillon mounted on the movement mainplate, the Ocean Tourbillon Big Date presents the carriage and the regulating organ in such a way that no visible mechanical attachment obstructs the view. The result is a surprising aesthetic accentuated by the asymmetrical display of the functions according to the iconic codes of the New York-based House. The date appears on the right, and the hours and minutes on the left, forming a perfectly readable overall effect powered by a mechanical hand-wound  movement with a 110-hour power reserve.

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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