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FrontRunners: Opus Eleven

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

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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.

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