Video: How Harry Winston’s New Opus XIII Works

Harry Winston Opus XIII As per usual, Harry Winston generated a fair amount of buzz at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair with the latest timepiece in its haute-de-gamme Opus collection. This year’s piece, the Opus XIII, turned heads with its 242 functional rubies and unconventional time indication by means of tiny, pivoting markers around the dial.

Developed in cooperation with watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard, who helped develop F.P. Journe’s Grand Sonnerie, the Opus XIII has 11 triangular hour hands, which peek out from a dome in the dial’s center and retract at the end of each hour, and 59 little minute markers (each five-minute marker is red-tipped), which pivot toward the center of the dial as a new minute begins. At the end of the hour, all 59 minute markers pivot back to their original position at once, in a dynamic, wave-like motion, and the process begins again. To see the watch, and its ultra-complicated twin-barrel movement, in action, click below the photo to see Harry Winston’s official Opus XIII video. And for technical editor Mike Disher’s in-depth report on how the watch functions, read WatchTime’s July-August issue, on sale July 2.

Harry Winston Opus XIII - front

Want more Harry Winston Opus watches? Click here for photos, technical details and videos on last year’s release, the Opus XII, and here for the previous year’s Opus XI.

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  1. Ed Adamski

    I still don’t know hoe to read the time? Yes it has 242 jewels but what good does it perform in reading the watch?
    Too much time on his hands plus how many are going to be built? Too much for me on every aspect.

  2. Carl Dreher

    I hate these videos. All I want to see is the *&^%!! watch, not how clever the video animator is.
    And the music is ridiculous. It sounds like something you’d dub over a Star Wars battle scene.

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