Housed in luxurious round gold cases with a distinctive contemporary design, the Ocean Collection is the designated showcase for some of the most respected mechanical complications in watchmaking. The new Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm bears two of Harry Winston’s hallmark complications – excentered hours and minutes and a double retrograde display. As with all timepieces in the Ocean Collection, two arches, inspired by the grand arched doorway leading to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, embrace the crown. And, in celebration of Mr. Winston’s lifelong passion for diamonds, a total of 367 brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the timepiece with light and sophistication.
The dial of the Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm mimics the curves and contours of the white gold case, with sweeping arcs and circles that dance to the light of 127 brilliant-cut diamonds. Set against an opalescent white mother-of-pearl dial, the excentered hours and minutes counter on the upper half of the dial is encircled by three rings of brilliant-cut diamonds. The two retrograde counters on the lower half of the dial – indicating the seconds and the day of the week – are also housed in semi-circular counters, with diamond borders and embellished with a wavy guilloché design, like tide marks in the sand.
To create the allusion of depth and volume, the principal counters are slightly elevated above the small diamond-set triangle, drawing the eye towards the circular date window. Equal parts beautiful and functional, the hands are treated with a luminescent coating that glows in the dark, the date window features a magnifying glass and the timepiece is water-resistant to depths of 100 meters.