Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon is a unique new collection of rare timepieces dedicated to the complex craftsmanship of one of the most exclusive horological complications. Featuring five distinct timepiece designs, the highly collectible series will explore the function of the tourbillon, while celebrating Harry Winston’s continued commitment to the innovation of fine watch making. Each unique design will be a limited edition of 20 timepieces.
The first in the series, Histoire de Tourbillon 1, was unveiled at Basel-world 2009. Exploring the movement and sculpture of the complication, the Histoire de Tourbillon 1 envisions a modern interpretation of the tourbillon, through innovative materials and a highly sophisticated mechanism. Sleek and unique, the 48mm case is constructed of white gold and Zalium, an ultra‐light zirconium‐based alloy, known for its low density, high‐thermal resistance, and high durability.
Originating in the aerospace industry, Zalium is a material exclusive to Harry Winston timepieces. From the technical to the aesthetic, the commitment to perfection is demonstrated in all dimensions of the Histoire de Tourbillon 1 design. On the technical side, the timepiece features two 25° inclined single‐ axis tourbillons with rapid 36‐second rotations, which work together to neutralize any effects of gravity. This high rotational speed minimizes prolonged exposure of the regulator to natural gravity. Comprised of 88 components, each ultra‐light system weighs a mere 0.46 grams, allowing the cages to effectively perform the rapid 36‐second rotations.
Drawing focus to the harmony of the mechanisms, sculptural elements further emphasize the perfectly regulated and rapid movement of the two tourbillons. Known as hypnotic art, this creates the illusion that the two tourbillons are moving towards the sapphire crystal glass.
Animated by the reflection of light, the bas‐relief bridge further enhances the appearances of the moving elements. Hours and minutes are displayed on the front rotating disk; the back features additional display of hours, minutes and seconds for an exact reading of the time.
Name: Histoire de Tourbillon 1
Mechanical, double tourbillon, manual winding
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Indications of hours and minutes on the dial
Indications of hours, minutes and seconds on the back
48 mm, White gold and Zalium
Crystal: Anti‐glare sapphire
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
View on the two tourbillons and the bridge
Black alligator leather