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March 20, 2010updated Feb 08, 2013

Harry Winston Partners With Jean-Francois Mojon On Opus X

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Basel, Switzerland — Harry Winston is now adding another model to its Project Z line (Z short for Zalium, a material unique to the brand), with its new Project Z6 timepiece. The 44mm watch features a new complication for the house—a hand-wound, 24-hour alarm clock movement that was specially designed. The alarm clock can be set using the crown and can be activated using a trigger at 4 o’clock. Available in a limited edition of 300, 250 pieces will feature an anthracite dial, and just 50 will have a silver dial and will be available exclusively at Harry Winston salons.

In a special preview for Elite Traveler here at Baselworld, the much anticipated Opus X timepiece was released. The inspiration for the timepiece was planetary movement and giving shape to time, and therefore the hand-wound mechanical movement functions as a planetary gear train. The three separate time indicators (seconds, minutes, hours), mounted on a rotating frame, revolve independently in the opposite direction as the frame moves, allowing them to maintain their orientation. Each disc is positioned at an eight-degree angle so that they are able to follow the curvature of the case and also not interfere with one another’s rotation. The watch also contains a 72-hour power reserve, presented linearly and seen through the case back. The 46mm white gold timepiece was designed by Jean-Francois Mojon, who has worked on the development of movements and complications for international watch brands including Swatch Group and IWC, but who now has his own company, Chronode SA, based out of Le Locle.

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