Harry Winston Midnight Yozora Automatic

Harry Winston unveils the Midnight Yozora, a new timepiece design, presented in a 42 mm case for men, and a 39 mm case for women. The result of a novel partnership with the Japanese company Nakaya, the dial is a miniature work of art, created entirely by hand using ancient Japanese decorative techniques. An ode to New York’s night sky, the timepieces are fitted with a Swiss automatic movement and come in a special presentation box, along with a matching Nakaya fountain pen.

Yozora is the Japanese word for night sky, and the inspiration behind the dials of these breath-taking newcomers to the Midnight collection. Uniting urushi lacquer, raden mother-of-pearl, and the ‘sprinkled picture’ art of maki-e, the dial of the Midnight Yozora recreates the famous arched entrance to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Salon, in New York City. Light radiates in all directions from the doorway and meets an inky black night sky punctuated with iridescent mother-of-pearl and illuminated by Harry Winston’s insignia emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock.

The House’s designers continually strive to find original ways to embellish timepiece dials, and travel to all corners of the globe in search of unique Métiers d’Arts or artistic crafts. The Midnight Yozora timepieces are the result of Harry Winston’s partnership with Nakaya, a Japanese fountain pen company that specializes in bespoke creations. Known as the finest pen brand in the world, Nakaya, whose company motto is “for your hand only”, calibrates and adjusts every detail to match the owner’s unique writing style. A small team of highly skilled Japanese artisans creates each pen entirely by hand.

Traditional crafts are a source of national pride in Japan, with specific legislation in place to protect and preserve them. Lacquerware is one of the seven traditional Japanese art forms and a Nakaya speciality. Urushi, as it is called in Japan, was used in the making of the dials of the Midnight Yozora. Urushi is a natural sap extracted from the lacquer tree. The thick, sticky and semi liquid material creates a lustrous and glossy protective coat that is highly appreciated in Japanese decorative arts. The application process is extremely involved and time consuming, as the material is not only difficult to apply, but also requires anywhere from three weeks to a month to dry, per layer. The Midnight Yozora timepieces have at least nine separate layers of urushi lacquer on their dials.

Maki-e is another ancestral Japanese artistic technique and involves the sprinkling of metallic powder over damp urushi to create patterns. The Midnight Yozora timepieces feature maki-e on the lower section of their dials to suggest a sensation of light emanating from the doorway of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Salon. In makie, artisans fill a fine bamboo canister with palladium and platinum powder and then sprinkle it over the urushi lacquer until the desired effect is obtained. The doorway, beams of light and even the indexes have been meticulously painted by hand using palladium maki-e.

Another Japanese artistic technique employed for the dial was raden, in which inlays of mother-of-pearl are pressed into the urushi lacquer to add a wonderful iridescent glow to the scene. First, artisans had to find mother-of-pearl with like colors and reflections. Then, the delicate mother-of-pearl had to be cut into tiny slivers and applied to the dial. The doorway on the dial of the Midnight Yozora reveals a delightful blue-hued scene on the men’s version and feminine pink tones on the women’s timepiece. The doorway color scheme continues in the upper part of the dial, where parallel inlays of mother-of-pearl light up New York’s night sky.

Both the 42mm and 39mm models are presented in 18-karat white gold cases from Harry Winston’s Midnight collection. The 39 mm model is set with 91 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs, while the 42 mm model features a solid, polished gold case. Three larger diamonds, set in the three arches near the crown, recall the shape of the famous arched doorway leading into Harry Winston’s New York Salon.

The large emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock on the women’s version is not only a reference to Mr. Winston’s love for emerald-cut stones, but also a nod to the high end Swiss automatic movement that powers the watch. Equipped with a generous power reserve of 72 hours and a flat silicon balance spring, the movement in both timepieces will provide years of precision.

The signature attention to detail that characterizes all Harry Winston creations is present in the Midnight Yozora. It features the circular Côtes de Genève motif, rhodium plating and circular graining, which can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back along the rose gold open-worked rotor on the 39 mm, and the white gold rotor on the 42 mm. To honor the partnership with Nakaya, the back sapphire crystal bears the logo of the famous Japanese fountain pen maker.

The 42 mm Midnight Yozora comes with a blue alligator strap, while the 39 mm comes with a complementary pearly pink alligator strap. Both are enhanced by a white gold ardillon buckle.

The Midnight Yozora creations are presented with a matching Nakaya fountain pen and delivered in a beautiful handmade bamboo box. Mirroring the decorative techniques and color schemes employed on the dial, the Nakaya pen is a fitting companion to the timepiece and comes in a miniature kimono pouch for protection. Without a clip, the pen’s design continues uninterrupted. Harry Winston’s hallmark emerald-shaped logo adorns the cap, in white gold for men, and in the form of an emerald-cut diamond for women.

The bamboo box features three stacked drawers containing the timepiece, the pen, ink cartridges, a converter and the Harry Winston documents relative to the creations. The cover of the box was designed for function and can be converted into a stand for the fountain pen.

The Midnight Yozora 42mm and 39mm sets are limited to just ten pieces and cannot be purchased individually.

Technical specifications

Model: Harry Winston Midnight Yozora Automatic 39mm
Reference MIDAHM39WW001

Movement
Caliber HW2008
Type: Mechanical, automatic winding
Movement dimensions
– Diameter: 26.2 mm
– Thickness: 3.37 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 28
Frequency: 28 800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Flat silicon balance spring
Finishes: 18K rose gold open-worked rotor, circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, circular graining
Power reserve: 72 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
18K white gold
Diameter: 39 mm
Height: 9.06 mm
Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Case back Open, sapphire crystal with metalized Nakaya logo
Water-resistance 3 bar (30 meters)
Gem-setting on the case 91 brillant-cut diamonds

Dial
Urushi natural lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlays integrated in the lacquer (Raden), platinum powder sprinkle (Bokashi), decoration on the door (Maki-e and Raden), 1 emerald-cut diamond

Strap
Pink pearl alligator leather
Buckle 18K white gold ardillon buckle

Total Gem-Setting
91 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.85 carat)
1 emerald-cut diamond (approx. 0.06 carat)

Limited Edition
10 pieces

Fountain Pen
Urushi natural lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlays integrated in the lacquer (Raden), platinum powder sprinkle (Bokashi), decoration on the door (Maki-e and Raden), 1 emerald-cut diamond

Model: Harry Winston Midnight Yozora Automatic 42mm
Reference MIDAHM42WW003

Movement
Caliber HW2008
Type: Mechanical, automatic winding
Movement dimensions
– Diameter: 26.2 mm
– Thickness: 3.37 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 28
Frequency: 28 800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Flat silicon balance spring
Finishes: 18K white gold open-worked rotor, circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, circular graining
Power reserve: 72 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
18K white gold
Case dimensions
– Diameter: 42 mm
– Height: 8.90 mm
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal with metalized Nakaya logo
Water-resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Urushi natural lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlays integrated in the lacquer (Raden), platinum powder sprinkle (Bokashi), decoration on the door (Maki-e and Raden), 18K gold Emerald applique

Strap
Blue alligator leather
Buckle 18K white gold ardillon buckle

Limited Edition
10 pieces

Fountain Pen
Urushi natural lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlays integrated in the lacquer (Raden), platinum powder sprinkle (Bokashi), decoration on the door (Maki-e and Raden), 18K gold Emerald applique

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