Unveiled at Baselworld 2018, the Precious Signature by Harry Winston is an automaton and desk clock that redefines the very essence of a luxury accessory.
Equipped with a sophisticated automaton movement provided by Swiss watchmaker and historical automata expert, Jaquet Droz, the Precious Signature can reproduce Harry Winston’s signature in ink on paper. It can also be configured to generate the signature of its owner.
Crafted in 18-karat white gold and Harry Winston’s proprietary Zalium ™, the outer case of the Precious Signature is enveloped in panels of precious blue opal, 542 baguette-cut diamonds, and two blue sapphire cabochons.
Measuring just under 19 cm in length, the case shape recalls the stately arched entrance to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon. Reimagined on both ends of the case, the two rounded arches bear the stylized markings of the original entrance, in diamonds. The baguette-cut diamonds crowning the arched doorways are arranged in ascending order, in horizontal and vertical rows. Just below the diamond arches are two cabochon sapphires designed to recreate the golden rosettes decorating the wrought iron door that guards the entrance to Harry Winston’s New York Salon.
A desk clock, positioned on the left side of the case and framed by a row of 40 baguette-cut diamonds, complements the intense blue opal and diamond color scheme of the Precious Signature by Harry Winston. Set against a silver sunray dial, blue opal accents and rare diamonds highlight the applied gold hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The hallmark Harry Winston emerald-shaped gold applique crowns the dial at 12 o’clock. To the right of the quartz-powered clock is another diamond framed arch offering a glimpse of the mechanical automaton movement nestled under the protective cover.
By gently lifting the opal and diamond set white gold cover, the automaton movement is revealed. The owner can activate this automaton in a few simple steps.
The first step is to enter a personal code on the four cylinders. When the code is entered correctly, the emerald-cut diamond gently slides to the left, allowing the owner to activate a pusher on the side of the case. The pusher, in turn, deploys a trap door located on the bottom of the gold case and a mechanical arm extends, inviting the owner to insert the provided pen. Just before operating, check the power reserve indicator – housed in the octagonal-shaped plaque set with 38 diamonds, located above the cylinders – and use the diamond-studded activation key to set the wheels in motion as the automaton performs the signature on paper.
The Precious Signature by Harry Winston boasts lavish attention to detail and luxury finishes on every last component. The cam wheel of the automaton movement is crafted in white gold and set with six rows of 520 brilliant-cut diamonds, with a rosette flower motif at the center. Made from Zalium™, the Precious Signature pen is decorated with an opal insert and the white gold activation key is covered in 344 brilliant-cut diamonds and a blue sapphire cabochon on the top. Even the sides of the case of the Precious Signature are set with baguette-cut diamonds.
The Precious Signature by Harry Winston is presented in a special box with a tray of paper and designated areas to store the pen and the activation key.
Model: Precious Signature by Harry Winston
Diameter: 11.3 mm
Thickness: 2.50 mm
Hours and minutes
Sunray satin-brushed finish, opal, gold Emerald applique, gold indexes at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, 3 brilliant-cut diamonds at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock
Jaquet Droz automaton reproduces owner’s signature
18K white gold cam wheel set with 520 brilliant-cut diamonds
Exterior – Precious Signature by Harry Winston
Gold, Zalium™, Opal
582 baguette-cut diamonds
38 brilliant-cut diamonds
2 blue sapphire cabochons
1 emerald-cut diamond
Dimensions: 187.6 mm x 75.7 mm
Thickness: 26.0 mm
Activation Key 18K white gold base
344 brilliant-cut diamonds
1 blue sapphire cabochon
905 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.98 cts)
582 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 68.45 cts)
3 blue sapphire cabochons (approx. 1.45 cts)
1 emerald-cut diamonds (approx. 0.42 carat)