Harry Winston introduces the most rock’n’roll timepiece in its Opus family of watches. This exquisite newcomer is inspired by the one invention that brought American rock ‘n’ roll to public venues all over the world and that became a symbol of the 1950′s – the jukebox.
As its name suggests, this novelty is the fourteenth model in the Opus saga which began in 2001. Opus 14 model is designed with two independent watchmakers, Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin.
As you can see on the picture above, the jukebox has been miniaturized and housed in a uniquely shaped 18-karat white gold case measuring 54.7mm x 21.9mm. The eye-catching watch face is topped with a sapphire crystal cut from a single block, thus revealing the stylized display of the local time at the 9 o’clock position, the vinyl-style finishes on the subsidiary dials, the duo-chrome insignia marked with the number 14, the retrograde minutes arc painted in red, and the blue hour markers.
The miniaturized jukebox device utilizes four rotating discs in store, each showing a specific display: local time, GMT time, the date, and a star with the brand’s personal signature which is a reminiscent to the stars of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
There is also a special push button whish is situated on the edge of the case at the 9 o’clock position which enables the wearer to choose the desired display. The action propels the entire store into an up and down motion, and releases the selected disk. It functions just like jukebox; when it is pushed for the first time, the selector activates a moving arm that picks the disk up and sets it on the reading platform, while with the second pressing, the mechanism reactivates the arm, which moves the disk back into the store.
Harry Winston Opus 14 is powered with the caliber HW 4601 mechanical movement which consists of amazing 1,066 parts. The impeccable manual-winding mechanism comes with 124 jewels and 31 bridges and is capable to provide no less than 68 hours of power reserve. It features one barrel for the main movement and one to support the “record playing” automaton. This highly complex mechanism oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
The back view reveals the secrets of a beautiful watchmaking tradition of the Harry Winston watchmaking house.
The last, but not the least, the fourteenth model in the Opus collection is attached to a black alligator leather strap, fitted with a folding clasp. The watch is issued in the limited series of 50 pieces and it comes with the retail price of 428,000 Swiss Francs.