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Harry Winston’s Project Z12 breaks with convention
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Harry Winston’s Project Z12 breaks with convention

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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Architectural designs and unconventional displays are the hallmark of Harry Winston’s Project Z line, and the Project Z12 is no exception. A peripheral date surrounds central, concentric and subtly asymmetric biretrograde hours and minutes.

The layout and nature of the complications forge the identity of each Project Z timepiece. For the past fourteen years, the line has stayed true to a highly mechanical fine watchmaking spirit that features radically modern accents. Project Z12 relies on concentric levels of indicators and practically perfect symmetry. Yet there is far more at play than meets the eye. While its hands lie in the center under a large, openwork blue bridge, they are clearly moving. And not just moving…jumping. The two hands move over a 140-degree field and when each reaches the end of its rotation, it jumps back. In total, this retrograde choreography occurs 26 times a day, right in the middle of overlapping circles. Thus, despite its symmetry and concentricity, Project Z12 features a display with the same off-centered touch that has always given Project Z timepieces their signature dynamism. This appeal is also supported by the specific presentation of the date displayed on a disc located on the edge of the dial. This sapphire disc is fixed and punctuated by transfers bearing numbers between 1 and 31. Luminescent material moves beneath its surface to illuminate the date.

Project Z12 © Harry Winston
Project Z12 © Harry Winston

Behind the scenes of the highly characteristic displays lies a brand-new movement, developed exclusively for Project Z12. The HW3306 automatic-winding caliber boasts a power reserve of up to 72 hours. In accordance with Harry Winston’s high standards, it is fitted with a silicon balance spring and wound by the brand’s signature white gold openwork rotor. The finishing touches all adhere to the highest quality fine watchmaking standards. The movement animates the bi-retrograde display and gives Project Z12 its unique character. Combined with Project Z design codes, it results in a watch that is the only one of its kind in terms of appearance, complication and spirit. This exclusive creation is available in a limited-edition of 300, all featuring Zalium™.

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