Harry Winston has done it again, creating one of the most astonishing watches on the market today: the Opus XIII.
This groundbreaking watch features fifty-nine pivoting minutes hands, eleven rotating triangles for hours, and a sliding trapdoor. Minutes accumulate around a track, each five minutes in red, withdrawing in unison when they complete the circle of the hour. Silver triangles spring in turn from a faceted dome to show the hours, rotating back when their duty’s done. Every twelve hours, Harry Winston’s logo is revealed on the dial, thanks to the sliding trapdoor, only to vanish sixty minutes later.
No other timepiece ever made has as many functional jewels as the Opus XII, which has 242. The fifty-nine minutes hands pivot on a ring of steel shafts, each held between two ruby bearings. The ruby ball bearings for the sliding shutter are so tiny that the package had to be opened in a non-static environment lest they fly off.
For the hours, the outer ring also in charge of the hours as well. When the outer ring jumps forward every sixty minutes, the triangle of the old hour is rotated 180 degrees so that it disappears beneath the faceted dome on the dial. When the past hour is hidden, it also turns and reveals the next hour. At the 12th hour, instead of revealing a triangular hour hand, the hours ring rotates , opening the sliding trapdoor and revealing the Harry Winston logo in the center of the faceted dome.