When Mr. Winston founded his eponymous jewelry emporium in 1932, one of his pursuits involved the acquisition of important estate jewelry, which he would then re-cut and re-set allowing the intrinsic beauty of the stones to prevail. For him the emerald-cut was the most elegant and flattering cut for precious stones and became intimately associated with the creations of the New York jeweler.
It is precisely this emerald-cut shape that has inspired the sophisticated profile of the white or rose gold case of the new Harry Winston Emerald timepiece, a motif which is reinforced on the dial with the iconic emerald-cut Harry Winston logo applied in gold at 12 o’clock.
Harry Winston’s universe is often associated with the blue color, and for a very compelling reason. As the owner of the world’s most important treasure troves of historic diamonds and gemstones – second only to the Royal House of Windsor – Mr. Winston had always had an incomparable eye for beauty, quality and rarity, which led him to the acquisition of the mythical Hope diamond from the estate of American socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean. The rare 45.52-carats dark blue Hope diamond – with a history as captivating as its color – was donated by Harry Winston to the Smithsonian Institution to share with the world in 1958. With its feminine emerald-cut case, the new Harry Winston Emerald timepiece subtly echoes the silhouette of the world’s most famous blue diamond.
The vibrant blue color of the dial and strap are a clear allusion to Harry Winston’s Hope diamond and transport the wearer directly to the heart of the jeweler’s universe. The intense blue color of the dial emanates a brilliant glossy sheen and glows with the sparkle of three brilliant-cut diamonds set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The bezel, crown, lugs and ardillon buckle have been set with 67 brilliant-cut diamonds, equivalent to 0.53 carat.
The Harry Winston Emerald timepiece is presented in white gold with a blue lacquered dial and is also available in rose gold with a snowy white satin sunburst dial. Both models come on a choice of double tour satin straps that match the color theme of the dial, or on elegant rose or white gold Milanese bracelets, a novelty for the House of Harry Winston. The exquisite craftsmanship behind the fine Milanese mesh straps is translated into a supple, pliant bracelet that sits beautifully on the wrist.