Harry Winston launches new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm models

Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm 4Within its acclaimed Ocean series, Harry Winston produces watches that are a balance of sporty elegance and the flawless execution of watchmaking’s most revered complications. In it, the complicated watchmaking finds its most contemporary expression, where complex mechanisms and the brand’s signature off-center dial designs are the symbols of Haute Horlogerie for the modern era. In celebration of the collection’s 20th anniversary, Harry Winston has announced a new ladies’ Ocean watch: the Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm. The timepiece comes in two versions: one in 18k white gold with burgundy dial (ref. OCEABI36WW053), and the other in 18k rose gold with blue dial (ref. OCEABI36RR033). The latest Harry Winston models are now available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers. The pricing has not yet been announced.

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Both models feature brightly colored mother-of-pearl dials

This year, the main theme in the Ocean series is color. The latest two models both have a colorful mother-of-pearl dial. Featuring a beautiful burgundy dial, the white gold model is intrepid yet feminine, while the rose gold version, with its mesmerizing blue dial, is a nod to one of the most important colors in the brand’s history. In 1949, Mr. Harry Winston acquired one of the most iconic diamonds in the world – the legendary 45.52-carat Hope Diamond. The New York jeweler toured this deep blue diamond for a number of years before donating it to Washington’s National Museum of Natural History in 1958 where it has since remained on permanent exhibition.

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The deep blue dial on the rose gold model is a nod to the legendary Hope diamond

The intensely saturated dial colors provide a beautiful background for classic Ocean range complications: retrograde displays and off-centered hours and minutes. To draw the attention to the retrograde displays for the days of the week (4 o’clock) and seconds (8 o’clock), Harry Winston has framed each of the counters with a row of seven brilliant-cut diamonds and engraved them with a lotus flower – a nod to the brand’s iconic Lotus Cluster fine jewelry collection. The hours and minutes subdial is deliberately minimalist and understated to allow the complications to shine. At 6 o’clock there is a cluster of brilliant-cut diamonds arranged to resemble a large droplet of water. Framing the date window, the water droplet also resembles the Winston Legacy Diamond. The brand purchased the Legacy Diamond in 2013 and named it in tribute to its founder. Christie’s Auction house describes this pear-shaped stone as “the most perfect diamond ever offered at auction”. Completing the dial we have an emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock – a nod to Mr. Winston’s favorite cut.

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The diamonds at 6 o’clock are evocative of the Winston Legacy Diamond – a stone acquired by Harry Winston in 2013

The new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm models both feature cases that are adorned with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds. On the back of each watch is a transparent sapphire case back that reveals the self-winding caliber HW3302. Comprised of 312 components, this high-end Swiss movement works at 4Hz and has a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. The latest Harry Winston timepieces both come on an alligator strap that matches the dial: electric-blue for the rose gold model and pearly burgundy strap for the white gold watch.

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The straps match the intense colors of the dials



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