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Harry Winston New York Companion: Big Apple Chic

Mr. Harry Winston worked in a rather peculiar way. Contrary to common practice, the New York jeweler never based his designs on metal settings, but instead, the lavish gems which he had acquired in his lifetime. Among them were the 45.52-carat Hope diamond (Marie Antoinette was a keeper of the rare, blue stone); the 69.42-carat, pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond (Elizabeth Taylor wore the gift from her lover Richard Burton as a necklace); and the 71.72-carat, emerald-cut diamond on the engagement ring which Aristotle Onassis presented to former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie O.

Gems like these were all that mattered to Winston, who was known as the “king of diamonds” not only for his breathtaking private collection, but for his unrivaled expertise in choosing and cutting the most beautiful stones. Even after his death in 1978, his legacy lives on and remains a signature of the New York label.

For the brand’s latest act, the stones take center stage once again. Created as a tribute to New York City – the home of Winston and his first salon on Fifth Avenue – the New York Companion is the label’s first high jewelry evening clutch: 486 diamonds, 21 emeralds and eight rubies capture the city’s dynamic energy and map out, on a glossy, black-lacquered surface, a bird’s eye view of Broadway by night (the cheeky emerald and ruby accents recall the green and red flashes of traffic lights). And, as a nod to its superb watchmaking know-how, an onyx crown at the top of the clutch swivels open to reveal a quartz timepiece, which is decorated with a diamond-set bezel that sparkles like freshly fallen snow.

The interior of the New York Companion is just as visually compelling as its exterior: On one side, a large vanity mirror spliced into an impressive mother-of-pearl marquetry. On the other, rows of smaller mirrors inlaid with contrasting white and brown Tahitian mother-of-pearl.

This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore August Issue.

Twins Effect: Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7

Just when you thought it wouldn’t be possible for jeweler and watchmaker Harry Winston to surpass its previous tourbillon wristwatches, the American house continues to push – and break – the limits of traditional watchmaking theory with its seventh edition: the Histoire de Tourbillon 7. The Swatch Group-owned brand drew a lot of attention with this timepiece at BaselWorld 2016 and we definitely think it is one of the star pieces of the year.

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The Histoire de Tourbillon model – as the name suggests – is a timepiece series focused on tourbillons. Harry Winston has explored several variations on this theme; last year’s iteration saw a tri-axial tourbillon and previously, a double tourbillon. This year, the watchmaker explores the bi-axial tourbillon – with a twist in that there’s now two, both identical. Since the bi-axial tourbillons are both identical, let’s look at how one works. First of all, the term bi-axial tourbillon simply means that there are two cages here instead of the usual one and that both rotate on different axes. There is still just one balance, hairspring, pallet fork and escape wheel.

In the case of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7, the cage that houses the balance wheel – angled at 30 degrees – completes a rotation in 45 seconds. This assembly is in turn housed in a second cage that completes a rotation in 75 seconds. The two identical bi-axial tourbillons are then regulated by a spherical differential to create an average. Theoretically, if two tourbillons are better than one, the differential would result in the averaging out of two exceptional time keeping mechanisms working double-time to eliminate errors of rate. At the bottom of the dial, a power reserve indicator in roll form fills the little gap left by the dual tourbillons and hour and minute section.

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Facade-wise, the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7’s 18k white gold case houses a rectangular dial with an anodized aluminum design. Its 50mm diameter and 17mm thickness means this watch is a big fella but that is the trade-off for having angled bi-axial tourbillons in action. The horological masterpiece requires hundreds of hours of delicate artisanal expertise of hundreds of hours. In a limited edition of 20, the watch is available in either a red or anthracite version.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 50mm
  • Functions: Off-center hours and minutes, display of power reserve on roll
  • Power Reserve: 55 hours
  • Movement: Manual-winding calibre HW4502, bottom plate in satin-finish and stippled titanium, bridges in titanium, double Côtes de Genève, tourbillon bridges polished and beveled by hand
  • Material: 18K white gold
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters
  • Strap: Alligator leather

Harry Winston Countdown to a Cure Midnight amfAR

american jeweler and watchmaker Harry Winston collaborates with amfAR for a good cause yet again, this time with a limited edition timepiece – the Harry Winston Countdown to a Cure Midnight amfAR.

Available in a limited edition of 20 each for men and women, the watch made an appearance at Seventh Annual Inspiration Gala in New York as part of the brand’s well-loved Midnight Collection. The men’s version, a 42mm 18k white gold watch sees a multi-hued seconds track running around a navy blue dial. The women gets a more souped up variation, with an arc of diamonds and precious gems – sapphires, garnets and rubies – lining the same blue dial from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock. Brilliant-cut diamonds also mark the watch’s 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions, giving the 32mm gold timepiece a grand total of 12 diamonds and 19 gemstones.

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“We are proud to introduce the new Countdown to a Cure Timepiece and further strengthen our commitment to amfAR. It is our hope that through our continued partnership, amfAR will be able to advance its efforts to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, giving millions of individuals around the world a more brilliant and healthy future,” Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. commented.

The black tie gala also featured a menswear fashion show, with celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Zayn Malik and Victoria Justice in attendance.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 42mm, 32mm (women’s)
  • Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds, date at 6 o’clock; hours, minutes (women’s)
  • Movement: Automatic, Caliber HW2003; Quartz, Caliber HW 1042 (women’s)
  • Material: 18k white gold
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters
  • Strap: Blue alligator leather

 

Christie’s: Joan Rivers Private Collection Auction

Fans of the late host and television personality Joan Rivers, will soon have the chance to own several personal pieces from her Manhattan Penthouse. On June 22, Christies will be holding an auction featuring an assortment of 200 items from the woman whose personality was larger than life.

Proceeds of the auction will go towards “God’s Love We Deliver” and “Guide Dogs For The Blind” — both charities that Rivers held close to her heart. A connoisseur of decorative arts, paintings and fine French furniture, Rivers’ personal items are expected to go under the hammer where prices will range from $500 to $200,000. One such piece, is the Edouard Vuillard painting Dans L’Atelier, circa 1915 ($120,000 – $180,000). Other items to look out for include a jewelled Nephrite study of a Lily of the Valley leaf by Fabergé ($200,000 – $300,000) and a silver water bowl from Tiffany & Co., engraved with “for Spike” ($500 – $ 800) that she had bought for her beloved dog.

Before the auction at Christie’s however, the auction house will also be hosting an online auction from June 16 – 23. During the online sale, unique costumes made by Bob Mackie, couture and personal jewelry from jewelers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels as well as Harry Winston will be available. For someone as opinionated as Rivers, with a taste for the finer things in life, this sale will certainly not disappoint.

“My mother’s legacy as a much loved comedienne and philanthropist will be commemorated in this collaboration with Christie’s and her generosity to charitable causes is something I will continue in her honor” said her daughter Melissa Rivers.

Harry Winston Opens in Dusseldorf, Germany

The jeweler with mystique, Harry Winston, announced the opening of its new retail salon in Dusseldorf, Germany. The “King of Diamonds” will be located in a three-story space at Königsallee 10. This new salon now joins others in America, Europe and Asia.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-timepieces

The salon will feature the jeweler’s exquisite creations and timepiece designs as well as the finest diamonds and gems. Reflecting the style of Harry Winston, the salon captures the sophistication with its contemporary interior, with a few elements of the brand’s Fifth Avenue Flagship. Mixing neutral tones with antique bronze furniture and accents — with marble flooring and custom-made chandeliers of course — the salon is truly a luxurious space.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-interior

Those who wish to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience can look forward to galleries dedicated to high jewelry, bridal collections and timepieces. The offerings help to ensure that clients are able to indulge in a shopping experience that the Swatch Group-owned firm is known for, while simultaneously showcasing the finest works of Harry Winston. Clients who seek an environment that is discreet can also enjoy the private selling rooms — an example of luxury at its finest.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-interior-2

“Growing our retail network and reaching new audiences in meaningful locations has always been a key focus for the brand,” said Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. “Dusseldorf is regarded as a premier luxury destination and we could not have imagined a more perfect location for our newest salon. With this opening, we look forward to sharing the House’s renowned heritage and extraordinary creations with Germany for the very first time, and welcoming our new and existing clients from around the world.”

8 Winning Jewelry Looks at Oscars 2016

Unlike the parade of off-whites and reds, this year’s Academy Awards Red Carpet proved to be a revolving door of varying styles, silhouettes and colors. As with previous years, the outfits were not complete without some of the finest jewelry and the stars did not disappoint. It was truly difficult to select just a few of our favorites but we did it. Luxuo brings you eight of our favorite accessories from the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet.

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Hoping to bring the luck of the Irish with her, the young actress walked the red carpet in a green Calvin Klein gown. It was a case of less is more as she paired her outfit with mismatched earrings by the jeweler Chopard. Taken from the Maison’s High Jewelry Collection, the Best Actress nominee was a hot topic of discussion with her red carpet choice. Her earrings featured pearls, 18.28 carats of emeralds, 5.74 carats of jadeites and 3.25 carats of diamonds in white gold. She also chose an emerald and diamond ring in white gold to complete her look.

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The newly minted Oscar winner went with Gucci for her big night. She chose a half-updo that was held in place by a beautiful diamond brooch, worn as a barrette, that lent a fairy-tale like feel to her flowing periwinkle gown. She kept it fairly simple with elegant Niwaka diamond and pearl earrings while a pearl encrusted belt has helped seal her status as the breakout style star this award season, coming close to Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyango.

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One of our favorites on the list is Charlize Theron, who starred in Mad Max: Fury Road. While the movie swept up numerous awards that night, Theron stunned on the red-carpet in a red number from Dior. It’s not a color that she has worn on the carpet and it certainly is refreshing. What caught our attention though were her accessories. No better way to complement the deep neckline than with Harry Winston diamonds. Worth nearly $3.7 million, she selected a 48.8 carat Secret Cluster diamond necklace, 15.49-carat Winston Diamond Cluster earrings. She completed it with an 8.78-carat cushion-cut diamond ring with micropave setting and a 7.44 carat Queen diamond ring, all of which were set in platinum.

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This may just be the new “revenge dress” that was previously made famous by Princess Diana. The black asymmetrical custom-made Atelier Versace number, was the perfect balance of sultry and sweet and made the newly single-star one of the favorites for every best-dressed list. Rather than going with plain diamonds, the actress selected one that featured 10 carats worth of diamonds and a hint of color. Her wrists sparkled with four bracelets weighing in at 150 carats. The diamond and platinum bracelets amount to a whooping $2.5 million dollars. To bring it all together, she also wore an emerald-cut diamond ring worth $250,000.

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Talk about classic Hollywood glamour. The Australian beauty arrived in a custom-made Armani Privé number that left many guessing its exact color. The metallic sequins changed from a deep blue to a bright purple under the spotlight as she made her way down the carpet. There to support her husband Leiv Schriber for his nomination, she selected an elaborate statement necklace from Bulgari to complete her glamorous ensemble.

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We expected her to show up with something from the Tiffany Blue Book collection and she did. What shocked many however was the dress itself by Armani Privé. On anyone else this pastel blue with feather flowers would have looked all wrong but on the Oscar winner, it looked elegant and appropriate. She paired her gown with platinum drop earrings set with marquise and round cut diamonds. For some arm-candy, she chose a starfish cuff with round diamonds and a ring with a 2.3 carat round diamond and round diamond border, all in platinum.

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Not bad Liz Lemon, not bad at all. Not a shade you see the actress in very often, and also not one that would flatter many. Yet the former Oscar host made a statement in a custom Atelier Versace gown. One critic compared her look for the night to Liz Taylor and we agree. Her strapless silhouette was accompanied by a diamond and sapphire necklace from Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection. It is purely coincidental that Taylor is strongly associated with Bulgari.

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The Swedish actress has showcased some interesting looks on the red carpets this season. Many expected her to arrive in a edgy metallic number from Louis Vuitton, like what we saw at the Baftas and Golden Globes. Instead Vikander channelled Belle from Beauty and the Beast — her Prince Charming a.k.a Michael Fassbender was not far on the carpet. She accessorised it with Louis Vuitton chandelier earrings that featured the brand’s floral emblem. A fairy-tale ending for a whirlwind year that has seen the actress go from relative unknown to Oscar winner.

Theater of Time: Harry Winston Opus 14

Revealed earlier this year, the Harry Winston Opus 14 is both insanely complicated and unbelievably simple. We will be looking more in-depth into this latest Opus in the upcoming issue of WOW in Singapore (and perhaps elsewhere in the world too) but ahead of that, we bring you a short introduction. In terms of functions, the watch is essentially a two timezoner with date and power reserve indicators. So, why does the manual winding calibre HW4601 have 1,066 components to achieve such prosaic results? The answer lies in the watch’s unique automaton, which mimics the workings of an object most people have never experienced, the jukebox.

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The Opus 14 automaton is a massively complicated system of mobile disks, which can be manipulated by an arm, on demand. The jukebox, in fact, worked much like this. You would drop some coins in, select a song via some buttons and the machine would pull the appropriate record out of a stack and drop it into place, whereupon it played a single track. In the case of the Opus 14, the date and GMT displays are the ‘tracks’ available on demand; local time and both power reserve indicators (for the movement and for the automaton) are always displayed. A push-piece at 4 o’clock activates the automaton while a three-position lever at 9 o’clock enables the selection of displays.

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Now to me, as a journalist, this is good fun and makes for great story fodder, for which this story is exhibit A (the forthcoming column is exhibit B). If a watch is something to interact with, to play with if you will, Opus 14 delivers. The novelty value is enormous. On the other hand, this is also a completely crazy timepiece with an undeniable frivolity about it. The third mobile disk emphasizes this aspect because it just shows a star with the signature of Mr Harry Winston; that is a lot of mechanical effort, with plenty of opportunities for something to go wrong, for no functional reason whatsoever.

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Opus 14 will have value only to a very select group of collectors; most people will not even be able to appreciate the beauty of the engineering here and might even think it is a toy watch. Nevertheless, as far as that theatrical “vaudeville” value goes, it is beyond compare. One can only hope that watchmaking will always have place for crazy fun like this.

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Specs

  • Dimensions: 54.7mm x 21.9mm
  • Functions: Hours by disk, minutes by retrograde hand, GMT by disk (on demand), calendar on disk (on demand), HW signature disk (on demand), animation power reserve by disk, movement power reserve by aperture
  • Power reserve: Timekeeping up to 68 hours; up to 5 back and forth motions on the animation function
  • Movement: Mechanical, manual-winding, dual-barrel, silicon balance spring, calibre HW4601
  • Water resistance: 30 meters
  • Material: 18k white gold
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Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million

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A spactacular blue diamond, the largest in its category, fetched a total of $23.79 million at a Christie’s auction in Geneva on Wednesday.

The sale of the 13.22 carat rock known simply as “The Blue” came a day after Sotheby’s sold a 100-carat flawless yellow diamond for $16.3 million.

When the world’s largest orange diamond went under the hammer last November at Christie’s in Geneva, it raked in $35.5 million.

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Such marquee sales underline the growing popularity of coloured diamonds. Once considered a curiosity, they are rarer than white diamonds and now attract higher prices per carat than even the most flawless, translucent stone.

The US jeweller Harry Winston bought it from an anonymous seller. The company plans to rename the 13.22-carat pear-shaped rock the “Winston Blue”. Harry Winston was bought by watch group Swatch last year.

 

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Harry Winston buys $26.7mn diamond at auction

Flawless clarity diamond

Prestigious jeweller Harry Winston, which was acquired earlier this year by Swatch Group, bought a new colourless, flawless 101.73-carat diamond for a record $26.7 million at an auction in Geneva on Wednesday, auction house Christie’s said.

As the first ever buyer of the new diamond, Harry Winston had the priviledge of naming it and had decided to call it “Harry Legacy.”

This is the diamond dealer’s first major purchase since it was snapped up by the world’s leading watchmaker for $1.0 billion in March.

The American Institute of Gemology has handed the Harry Legacy the top colourless grade “D” and the best clarity grade, “flawless”, which is characterised by its “absolute symmetry”, according to Christies.

The diamond, sold at the auction by a diamond merchant, was 236 carats in the rough when it was extracted from the Jwaneng mine in Botswana, before it was meticulously sculpted for 21 months, Christie’s said.

Wednesday’s sale marked the highest price ever paid for a flawless colourless diamond at auction, although Christie’s had hoped the new diamond — the largest of its kind to ever go under the hammer — would rake in $30 million.

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, which is in the same D-colour category but weighs in at only 33.19 carats, was meanwhile sold for $8.8 million on auction in New York in December 2011.

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Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4

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Here’s a first look at Harry Winston’s latest “Histoire de Tourbillon”, the fourth such piece in a series that began in 2009.

This main feature of the watch is an interesting tri-axial tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock — envision a tourbillon cage fitted inside a tourbillon cage fitted inside a tourbillon cage, each rotating at different rates per minute.

This timepiece with its 47mm wide cushion-shaped case is made from a mix of Zalium (a Harry Winston alloy similar to titanium) and 18k gold.​ Inside the watch is their new caliber HW4501 that is manually wound with a 50 hour power reserve.

Harry Winston will produce only 20 pieces of Histoire de Tourbillon 4, as penultimate watch of its Histoire de Tourbillon watch collection.

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Harry Winston to open flagship store in Shanghai

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Harry Winston Diamond Corp, the Canadian mining group which owns the jewelers, has this week announced plans to build a flagship store in Shanghai.

And it will be hard to miss, boasting a 12-meter high façade a company spokesman says will be like a “billboard to the world, a billboard to the Chinese people.”

The 460-square-meter flagship store — to be opened “before January” next year — will be supplemented by a salon inside the lobby of the Peninsula Shanghai hotel.
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Harry Winston Opus Eleven

Harry Winston Opus 11

Harry Winston Opus Eleven

Harry Winston has unveiled at Baselworld 2011 the Opus Eleven, created in partnership with Denis Giguet (MCT).

Three overlapping cylinders on three levels are configured to deconstruct time – the main circle is the hour’s domain, flanked by two pavilions.

One sub-circle shows the minutes on a jumping disk for the tens and a running disk for the units; the other shows off the beat of the big titanium balance-wheel.
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Harry Winston Opus 9

The Harry Winston Opus Series, initially introduced in 2001 and based on the successful collaboration with most gifted independent watchmakers, has been joined by a new innovative masterpiece – Opus 9.

In Opus 9, diamonds are not merely a decorative element, but the functional element of time telling. Teamed up for the 9th Opi is master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederecht and haute designer Eric Giroud.

Replacing the traditional watch hands and cyclical dial, time is displayed by two parallel diamond chains, for hours and minutes.
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Diamond thieves pull off $100 million Paris heist

Police are hunting for thieves behind the biggest jewellery heist ever in France when they made off with diamonds and other valuables worth up to €80 million (102 million dollars) from a luxury boutique in Paris.

The three armed robbers burst into the Harry Winston jewellers on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne in the centre of the French capital yesterday. They made off with almost all the valuables in the shop.

The value of the diamonds and other precious stones and metals taken was first placed at €50 million by French police, before being revised to €80 million.
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Shop Harry Winston Online

Dreaming of diamonds but can’t make a physical trip to one of Harry Winston‘s 18 U.S. store locations?

The iconic luxury brand has just announced the opening of its online salon, marking the first time the jewelry will be available for purchase via the internet.

The Harry Winston online salon showcases diamond jewelry including rings, watches, bracelets and cufflinks.
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Harry Winston Rare Timepieces Opus 8

Creator Frédéric Garinaud & CSH developed the Opus 8 with a new twist on mechanical-digital watches.

Inspired by pin art games, which create 3D impressions of objects pressed against them, the numbers in the display will only appear “upon request,” activated by a bolt on the right hand side of the case.

Nothing appears until the mechanism is wound.


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