FrontRunners: Opus Eleven

  • A network of rotating components jump forward on the hour to change the Opus Eleven’s digital hour display

    A panicked school of fish inspired the mechanical display that Denis Giguet designed for the Harry Winston Opus Eleven (www.harrywinston.com). The 42-year-old Frenchman, who worked on Opus editions one through six, has again participated in the annual collaboration between independent watchmakers and Harry Winston that produces each Opus. Giguet’s design departs from the digital display he created in 2009 for his Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT) brand’s Sequential One watch. Whereas the Sequential One showed four shutterlike hour-digit displays, the Opus Eleven seemingly explodes digits on the hour into a number of small triangles. A sudden quarter turn of the main dial and simultaneous rotations by four smaller gears and 12 spinning arms achieve this effect. Rotating number wheels on the side of the watch’s white-gold case tell the time in minutes. Pricing details are available upon request.

    From Around the Web...
    Within the 18-karat-gold case is a dial depicting the schooner America sailing to victory in 1851…
    2016 is a big year for the manufacture as it expands global reach and watchmaking capabilities…
    Photo by Chris Loomis
    Watchmaking all but died in the U.S. after WWII, but Geoffrey Roth is helping to bring it back…
    The watchmaker’s collection of minute repeaters is the largest shown together in the United States…
    Diamonds and mother-of-pearl find protection in stainless steel for this latest release…
    A definite dazzler, the timepiece touts 677 diamonds along with a movement by Franck Muller…
    Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Arnold & Son’s UTTE Skeleton watch is an elegantly thin tourbillon…
    Six timepieces with displays that are redefining timekeeping…
    Watchmaking’s long history with motorsports has been honored by several Swiss brands…
    For those who have always wanted to cross experiencing weightlessness off of their bucket list…