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.
How the timepiece works is absolutely brilliant. Two separate power sources work together in order to power the watch. One barrel keeps the balance swinging at a steady pace, while the other barrel provide energy for the display of minutes. The out minutes ring is the key element on the watch. Every minute, it jumps forward a step, and is then released by a rocking lever with two pallet stones. A peg on the advancing ring flips each minutes hand forty degrees, revealing each one as time passes. When the 59th minute is reached, a second outer ring simultaneously rotates the fifty-nine minutes hands back into their hiding places.
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.
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