Once again, a poetic moon phase complication holds sway on the dial of these two new members of the Premier Collection, animated with sparkling aventurine, iridescent mother-of-pearl and a constellation of starry diamonds. Presented in an 18-karat white gold version with a glittering blue aventurine dial and an 18-karat rose gold model with a Havana-hued aventurine dial, the Premier Precious Moon Phase depicts the motions of our neighboring satellite with Harry Winston’s artistic flair for combining precious materials with radiant gemstones.
Traditional moon phase complications stage the four main cycles of the moon as it completes its orbit of Earth. To reenact the lunar cycle of approximately 29.5 days, watchmakers resort to two images of the moon, driven by a 59-toothed wheel that is, in turn, attached to the hour wheel. The novelty here is that instead of displaying just one moon in the aperture, Harry Winston watchmakers have exposed the innate beauty of the moon phase complication by revealing both moons.
The white tridimensional mother-of-pearl moons transit from new moon to full moon against a powdery-blue or brown mother-of-pearl sky and glow with a celestial aura. Positioned at 6 o’clock on the dial, the twin moons play a game of hide- and-seek as they rotate under a diaphanous, domed diamond cage. Composed of nine gold diamond-set spokes, the open area of the cage indicates the current phase of the moon. The entire surface of the diamond cage is micro-set with 93 brilliant-cut diamonds and crowned in the center by a larger diamond. Once again, the extraordinary skills of Harry Winston’s gem-setters come to the fore in this miniature showcase of diamond setting, where claw setting was out of the question given the diminutive area involved.