News Tuesday, October 9th 2012
There is nothing quite like the sleek allure of a black Zalium™ timepiece and the Ocean Dual Time Black Edition has all the nocturnal allure of a watch clad in sable, while giving up none of the functionality or legibility which, after all, is the most essential character of any timepiece.
The Ocean Dual Time Black Edition begins with a 44-mm diameter case of Zalium™, an aluminum-zirconium alloy unique to Harry Winston. Light, harder than titanium and hypoallergenic, as well as highly resistant to almost all forms of corrosion, Zalium™ is the perfect canvas on which to execute this striking, contemporary interpretation, of the Ocean Dual Time™. Zalium™ has a unique gunmetal silver sheen that sets it apart from any other metal and is here treated with a coating known as DLC or Diamond Like Carbon. DLC is a form of amorphous carbon crystal with nearly the hardness of diamond itself, forming a surface coating that is both extremely impervious to scratches, and which also offers a richly nuanced deep luster with an infinite and beautiful range of variations.
The home time indicator and the second time zone subdials are adorned with Super Luminova on the numerals and indexes, allowing both the local and home time to be read with ease, not only in total darkness, but against the deep black background of the specially treated three-dimensional dial as well. A special touch: to maintain the dark allure of the design, but at the same time make it a truly useful traveler's timepiece, the hands and numerals for the large date display are coated in a special deep blue Super Luminova.
The Ocean Dual Time Black Edition is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement, with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power-reserve of 45 hours, visible through a sapphire crystal case-back. With all the au courant seductiveness of an all-black, high-tech sports timepiece, but with just enough light to not only make it a genuinely practical traveling companion but also uniquely luminously lovely, the Ocean Dual Time Black Edition is the perfect timepiece for the world traveler. ■