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Harry Winston Excenter Tourbillon, developed with Peter Speake-Marin.

Feb 02, 2005,02:14 AM - (view entire thread)

By: azean (anonymous)  
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Harry Winston Rare Timepieces introduces Excenter Tourbillon.






Basel is only months away and it is that exciting time of the year where watch enthusiasts await the unveiling of what's new this year. For Harry Winston, 2005 will be the year of introducing several new and very interesting pieces. One of the new models that Harry Winston has come up with this year is the new Excenter Tourbillon.

The complication is not new to Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, in fact, they have had Tourbillons in their previous partnerships with other independent watchmakers in Switzerland. This time however, is the first model with a Tourbillon housed within an Excenter casing. Moreover, you can trust Harry Winston in spotting the real talents in the industry, and this year The Excenter Tourbillon has been developed in conjunction with none other than, Peter Speake-Marin. Here is what he said about this watch, ?I was asked by HW to design a classical tourbillon with contemporary elements. ? and I have worked in parallel with Harry Winston designing the technical foundation as well as the overall aesthetics of the movement.




The Ruthenium finish dial and the white gold hour circle in white gold give the watch a sense of unity. Note the diamond is set in the center of the Tourbillon bridge, as well as behind. Traditional jewels are replaced by blue sapphires and of course even the screws are blued. Speaking of the color blue, perhaps one of the most understated details that has been clearly thought out is the bluing of the HW logo that is placed instead of "6" at the hour circle. As the power reserve is nestled at the back, the wearer will not know when to wind it; furthermore, as it is a pain to take the watch off each time the wearer wants to know when to wind it, Harry Winston has cleverly figured out a way to remind the wearer. The HW logo turns electric blue when it is less than 25 hour left on the double power reserve. Very clever indeed. This ingenuity was inspired by vintage British racing cars with two fuel tanks and a warning when to refuel.




The watch seems to deceive the viewer as the beauty of the watch lies not only at the front but equally from behind. Underneath the sapphire case-back lies a 110 hour power reserves indicated by two hands; 0-55 on the left and 55-110 on the right, both indicated by a set of beautiful blue hands in retrograde action.




Excenter Tourbillon will come only in Platinum, Rose Gold and Platinum set with gems.







TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION



Name: Excenter Tourbillon

Ref. of the model pictured: 200/MMT40PL.T

Movement: Hand-wound tourbillon HW400A developed with Peter Speake-Marin.

Functions: Off-centred hours and minutes. 110-hour power reserve, displayed by a double indicator. Warning of remaining 25 hours power reserve.

Case: 40mm, platinum

Dial: Ruthenium finish with hour and minute circles in 18-carat white gold

Crystal: Sapphire, with double anti-reflection treatment

Case-back: Sapphire, with double anti-reflection treatment

Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather with folding clasp

Water-resistance: 30 metres (3ATM)

Collection : The Premier Collection


Regards,
Aseanto Oudang.