Harry Winston Twist Automatic (High Jewelry Timepieces Collection)

Harry Winston introduces the Twist Automatic, a spectacular high jewelry timepiece inspired by a historic Harry Winston bracelet.

Early in his career, Harry Winston cultivated an innovative design philosophy that would become a signature of the House of Harry Winston. A close observer of nature, Harry Winston translated the fluid lines and organic temperament of the natural world into his jewelry creations prizing the intrinsic beauty of individual gemstones over the setting. The 1960s Emerald Twist Bracelet by Harry Winston, twisting with marquise and pear-cut diamonds and emeralds, speaks directly to the three-dimensional forces of nature and attests to the unlimited creative spirit of its founder.

Harry Winston Twist Automatic (High Jewelry Timepieces Collection)

The challenge for Harry Winston’s craftsmen was to capture the essence of the original Emerald Twist Bracelet and convert it into a high jewelry timepiece. This meant finding ways to reproduce the voluptuous volumes and movement of the original bracelet and bring them to life within the more constrictive confines of a timepiece.

Harry Winston Twist Automatic (High Jewelry Timepieces Collection)

The center of the dial transmits a sensation of permanent motion, like a luxury tourbillon spinning with rubies and diamonds until the end of time. By alternating different cuts of diamonds and setting them at different heights, an amazing effect of volume and dimension is achieved. The 61 baguette-cut diamonds between 7 and 12 o’clock have been set flush on the dial while the swirl of some of the 50 marquise-cut diamonds that descend from 12 to roughly 6 o’clock are set in a higher position. The 60 rich red marquise-cut rubies enact a similar hypnotic dance in the opposing direction which continues onto the bracelet.

Harry Winston Twist Automatic (High Jewelry Timepieces Collection)

The bracelet, a breathtaking garland of diamonds and rubies, harks back to the twisting volumes of the original high jewelry bracelet of the 1960s. A total of 178 white diamonds and 110 rubies weave in and out of one another with lifelike fluidity. In keeping with Mr Winston’s belief that the stones should guide the design, the marquise-cut diamonds and rubies climb an almost invisible diamond trellis that serves as the backbone of the bracelet. Volume is achieved by setting the central row of marquise higher than the two lateral rows.

The Twist Automatic is housed in a luxurious platinum case and is equipped with a mechanical automatic movement featuring a 18K rose gold open-worked rotor and a flat balance spring in silicon. The movement decorations like Côtes de Genève finishes, rhodium plating and circular graining are visible through the sapphire crystal case back.

Technical details

Collection: High Jewelry Timepieces
Model: Harry Winston Twist Automatic

Caliber HW2008
Mechanical, automatic
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Height: 3.37 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 28
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Balance spring: Flat silicon balance spring
Finishes: 18K rose gold open-worked rotor, Circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, circular graining

Hours and minutes

Diameter: 36 mm
Height: 10.5 mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Open
Water-resistance: 3 bars

Gem-setting on the case
161 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 7.71 carats)
5 brilliant-cut rubies (approx. 0.27 carat)

61 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.62 carats)
50 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 1.49 carats)
60 marquise-cut rubies (approx. 2.12 carats)

Strap and Clasp
80 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 2.52 carats)
98 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 5.25 carats)
110 marquise-cut rubies (approx. 8 carats)

Total carat weight
302 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 11.85 carats)
148 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 6.74 carats)
5 brilliant-cut rubies (approx. 0.27 carat)
170 marquise-cut rubies (approx. 10.12 carats)