Under Swatch Group’s ownership, Blancpain will supply movements to Harry Winston. The Z8’s caliber is based on the Blancpain automatic winding base caliber 1150 (formerly Frederic Piguet caliber 1150). As modified by Blancpain for Harry Winston, the caliber is known as HW3502.
This caliber displays the time in two different zones. The hands display home time, and the retrograde display shows the local time. The date is connected to local time. The local time can be adjusted forward and back, at any time of day, via the crown.
Comprising 281 components, 32 jewels, a flat silicon balance spring and a newly designed white gold open-worked oscillating weight, this new caliber is decorated with a circular Côtes de Genève motif that is exclusive to Harry Winston.
We’ve saved the best bit of news for last. Past Z-series models have retailed in the 30 to 40 thousand Swiss franc range. This new Z8 will be priced at 18,000 Swiss francs, or $20,300 in the U.S. The cherry on the cake: the Z8 will be a limited edition of 300 pieces.
Harry Winston also advised us that the Opus series will continue. The next Opus will launch at a separate event, the date of which remains a secret. Harry Winston also declined to indicate whether it will continue working with independent watchmakers on the Opus, as in the past. So, all we can say about the Opus today is “stay tuned.”