A miniature masterpiece of extraordinary beauty and charm, the Ultimate Kaleidoscope recreates the magic of a childhood toy in Harry Winston’s high jewelry language. A pendant, a timepiece and a functioning kaleidoscope, this playful yet lavish accessory redefines the very essence of luxury.
Over the past few years, Harry Winston has unveiled marvelous objets d’art, exclusive creations like the Broadway Glasses binoculars, the Precious Signature automaton and the New York Companion clutch. These refined accessories, which also function as high jewelry timepieces, encapsulate the spirit of luxury to perfection.
Playful in spirit yet superbly executed, the Ultimate Kaleidoscope is the latest member of this elite family of precious objets d’art. Inspired by a historic piece in Harry Winston’s archives, the Ultimate Kaleidoscope is a scale reproduction of a kaleidoscope crafted in 18-karat yellow gold and decorated with a mesmerizing setting of diamonds and precious stones. Beyond a bejeweled replica of the external contours of a kaleidoscope, this small, but impressive, canister is also a fully functioning timepiece.
The toy kaleidoscope was invented in 1817; its name derives from the Greek word kalos for beautiful, eîdos for shape, and scope meaning to look. An optical toy, a kaleidoscope produces symmetrical patterns, as mirrors reflect different shapes of colored glass at the base of the tube. Working with the same form and honoring its original function, Harry Winston’s master craftsmen take the kaleidoscope into the realm of high jewelry.
The timepiece is nestled at the very top of the cylinder in a bed of glistening white mother-of-pearl and crowned with the gold Harry Winston Emerald applique. The superior section of the kaleidoscope is embellished with 100 baguette-cut diamonds, invisibly set around the circumference of the case. The attention to detail is exquisite and even the yellow gold handle is set with brilliant-cut diamonds and punctuated with two blue sapphires at either end.
The total height of the 18-karat gold cylindrical body is just under 63mm and has a diameter of 22mm. The external decoration mimics the symmetrical formations seen inside a kaleidoscope. Starting at the top of the column, pieces of white mother-of-pearl fall like stage curtains hemmed with baguette diamonds. Below this spectacular scenery is a more geometric picture, created with rhomboid gold compartments, each in turn filled with a medley of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, blue and yellow sapphires, and electric Paraiba tourmalines.
The zigzagging blue sapphires are a reference to Harry Winston’s fondness for blue gemstones, in particular the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond. The base of the column features the same design as the top but inverted and with an additional wider row of baguette-cut diamonds. The base can be rotated to change the scenery, so Harry Winston’s designers chose to invert the diamonds to ensure a better grip.
The top of the creation can be twisted and removed to enjoy the patterns formed by the kaleidoscope. A true Harry Winston gem, the Ultimate Kaleidoscope comes to life through an ingenious arrangement of mirrors and precious gemstones. Every twist of the cylinder offers a new mesmerizing arrangement of vibrant stones and powerful explosion of colors.
A charming objet d’art, a timepiece, a pendant and a fully functioning kaleidoscope, the Ultimate Kaleidoscope by Harry Winston is presented with a gold chain or a satin ribbon.
Model: The Ultimate Kaleidoscope by Harry Winston
Diameter: 11.3 mm
Thickness: 2.50 mm
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18K yellow gold
Diameter: 18.75 mm
Height: 9.83 mm
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Gem-setting on the case
100 baguette-cut diamonds (invisible setting)
83 brilliant-cut diamonds
2 brilliant-cut blue sapphires
18K gold base, white beaded mother-of-pearl, 18K gold
18K yellow gold, white beaded mother-of-pearl
Diameter: 22 mm
Height: 54.9 mm
– 232 brilliant-cut diamonds
-160 baguette-cut diamonds
– 112 baguette-cut blue sapphires
– 48 baguette-cut yellow sapphires
– 16 brilliant-cut Paraiba tourmalines
Stones inside the kaleidoscope
– 5 brilliant-cut blue sapphires
– 4 marquise-cut yellow sapphires
– 4 brilliant-cut colorless sapphires
– 3 baguette-cut topaz
– 2 brilliant-cut pink sapphires
– 2 baguette-cut pink sapphires
– 2 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires
– 1 brilliant-cut topaz
18K yellow gold set with 1 brilliant-cut diamond, blue satin ribbon
– 316 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.75 cts)
– 260 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 7.33 cts)
– 112 baguette-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.72 cts)
– 48 baguette-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 2.24 cts)
– 16 brilliant-cut Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 0.04 carat)
– 7 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 0.20 carat)
– 4 marquise-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 0.26 carat)
– 4 brilliant-cut colorless sapphires (approx. 0.48 carat)
– 3 baguette-cut topaz (approx. 0.36 carat)
– 2 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 0.23 carat)
– 2 baguette-cut pink sapphires ( approx. 0.21 carat)
– 2 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires ( approx. 0.23 carat)
– 1 brilliant-cut topaz (approx. 0.17 carat)