Harry Winston presents the Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic, a spellbinding timepiece that celebrates Mr. Winston’s passion for motion and color in fine jewelry. Crafted in luxurious 18-karat white gold, a spellbinding profusion of baguette-cut diamonds and vivid blue sapphires swirls against an iridescent opal background, diffusing color and kinetic energy in all directions.
Blue is a key color in Harry Winston’s universe and recalls the spectacular and rare blue Hope Diamond that the ‘King of Diamonds’ famously acquired in 1949 and ultimately donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. Another hallmark trait of the House is the way in which diamonds are transformed into three-dimensional jewelry sculptures, flowing with movement and light. The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic taps into these two signature codes and reveals a mesmerizing blue dial with an animated arrangement of precious gemstones that seem to spin under your very eyes.
A hypnotic vortex of precious stones
The sparkling blue and green background on the dial is crafted from iridescent opal. One of the most chameleonic and captivating gemstones on Earth, opals flash a rainbow of colors that vary according to the light.
Like forces of nature, the dial’s hypnotizing whirlpool pattern comes to life through a series of white gold quadrilaterals that lessen in size as they voyage towards the center. Framed in white gold, the outermost areas of the design are set with 72 baguette-cut diamonds and 72 baguette-cut blue sapphires, while the center features a wreath of 24 princess-cut diamonds. The opals maintain their iridescence, interspersed between the precious gems. The dynamic composition animates the dial with a profound sensation of motion and depth. Taking the theme of motion one step further, a small star crowns the base of the hour and minute hands and rotates in a clockwise direction to indicate that the mechanical automatic movement is running.
Premier case with baguette-cut diamonds
Since its debut in 1989, the Premier collection has been the designated timepiece to showcase various artistic forms. Instantly recognized by the distinctive diamond-set lugs at 12 and 6 o’clock that replicate the shape of the arched entrance to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, the luxurious 36 mm 18-karat gold case of the Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic is fully adorned with an abundance of baguette-cut diamonds in an invisible setting. The case and case sides’ gleam with the light of 161 magnificent baguette-cut diamonds, and the lugs are embellished with four truncated brilliant-cut diamonds and a truncated blue sapphire - matching the color scheme of the dial - is nestled in the crown.
A mechanical automatic movement
The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic Automatic 36mm is powered by a high-end Swiss mechanical automatic movement with an 18-karat rose gold rotor and refined hand finishes, all of which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Equipped with a flat silicon balance spring to ensure superlative precision, the creation has a generous power reserve of 72 hours.
The timepiece is presented with a blue pearl alligator leather strap and is attached to the wrist with an 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 28 baguette-cut diamonds. The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic is a limited edition of only 8 pieces.