Harry Winston is a US-based watch and jewelry brand that was acquired in 2013 by the Swatch Group.
Since being acquired, the number of new watches released each year has dwindled, and the popular Opus line — which prior to the Swatch takeover offered a collaboration between Harry Winston and a new independent watchmaker each year — has disappeared.
While it’s unfortunate that we’ll likely not see any Opus timepieces again, the Harry Winston Project Z collection is one of the other esoteric non-jewelry timepieces that we’ve followed over the years.
The latest Project Z15 timepiece features the company’s 42.2 mm sports watch made from Zalium alloy. With the signature H-shaped crown guard and unique case elements, those that are familiar with the Harry Winston watch line will instantly recognize the aesthetic.
In keeping with the styling of previous Projects, the Z15 case has an elegant mixture of circular and straight grain satin finishes. The dial has been skeletonized and has a regulator-style layout with the hours, minutes, and seconds all displayed independently of one another. Hours are indicated on the small subdial at 12 o’clock, minutes are shown by the large sword-shaped skeleton hand mounted in the center, and a horizontal retrograde seconds subdial is visible at 6 o’clock.
The HW emblem is displayed subtly at the top of the dial in blue and white — matching the blue, white, red, and black color scheme. Slanted, three-dimensional indices, set below the minute chapter ring echo the look of the architecture bridges that support the dial elements.
A sapphire caseback offers a view of the 4Hz caliber HW3207 automatic movement that’s been customized for Harry Winston. The power reserve is 65-hours and water resistance is rated down to 100 meters. The Harry Winston Project Z15 Ref. OCEASR42ZZ001 comes on a black rubber and textile strap and is integrated into the case and secured with a Zalium buckle. Limited to 300 pieces.
Photo by Harry Winston.