Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

Just when we gambled that Harry Winston might not be able to outdo its mind-boggling Histoire de Tourbillon 7 released last year, the renowned jeweler has just announced the Histoire de Tourbillon 8 – the latest in an ongoing series of tourbillon watches whose degree of complication and unconventional design seems to grow exponentially with each new addition. However, while each new entry had somehow managed to up the ante, the HDT 8 seems to recycle the bi-axial tourbillon complication of its predecessor, while now offering up a new time display with jumping hours and minutes, and some other aesthetic tweaks. It’s far less of a radical update to the HDT series than we’re used to seeing but remains impressive for the same reasons.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

Now, before we get too deep into the inner workings of the Histoire de Tourbillon 8, it’s worth pointing out the obvious that Harry Winston might be more associated with jewelry than ultra high-end watchmaking in the minds of many. To be fair, the man (and more recently, the brand) has historically spent more time in the headlines as the jeweler of choice for the Hollywood elite, as well as former or current owner of some of the world’s most famous gemstones. The latter includes the 726-carat uncut rough diamond named "Jonker" in the mid-1930s, then the Hope Diamond in 1949, and more recently, the flawless 101.73-carat Winston Legacy. Within that timeline, Winston began selling watches in the late 1980s, but things really didn’t start to ramp up in complication until the brand opened its own manufactory in Geneva in 2007, and subsequently began producing the impressive high-complication series like the Histoire de Tourbillon, which we’re more than happy to gawk at today.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

And speaking of gawking, there’s more than an eyeful to go around with the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 8 as you take in the twin bi-axial tourbillons. Now, as mentioned, this is the same complication that punctuated the previous HDT entry, but it’s back with a twist. In place of the traditional two-handed time display at the 3:00 side of the dial, we have a pair of rotating discs – hours at 1:00, and minutes at 4:00, which "jump" as each hour and minute clicks by.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

But the real story here, as it was with the HDT 7, is the twin tourbillons. Granted, little has changed since we last saw them – but the execution is still mind-bendingly complex, and a treat to behold, particularly when juxtaposed against a less traditional timekeeping display – an aesthetic that seems to more neatly fit the overall nü-industrial vibe of the watch. To the left of the time display dance the tourbillons – each of which completes a rotation on a 30-degree inclined axis. Nestled between that rotational movement, a second cage turns on its own axis, completing a rotation every 45 seconds. Within the latter, the balance wheel maintains a steady tempo of 21,600vph, throughout the watch’s power reserve of around 55 hours (indicated by the cone at 6:00).

The whole concept behind a tourbillon itself is to minimize gravity’s influence on the balance wheel, by actively subjecting it to the widest variety of movement positions possible. By putting the tourbillon on a second axis, and then doubling the complication itself, the balance wheel is placed within an exponentially greater number of positions, thereby theoretically yielding an even higher level of chronometric performance.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

What makes the wizardry of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 8 so interesting, though, is not just that we have two independently operating tourbillons, both operating on two axes each, but that their mechanical operation results in a single time measurement. To ensure the accuracy of this single measurement, the HDT 8 employs a spherical differential, which maintains an average between the two – an average which is displayed in the form of the time to the right of the dial.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

The case of the HDT 8 itself is made of white gold, the rotating time discs from aluminum, and the tourbillon cages and movement bridges from titanium. Dimension-wise, the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 8 carries its case sizing over from the HDT 7, which is by no means small: 51mm by 17mm. But bear in mind that the calibre HW4503 that houses the twin tourbillons (each of which contains 117 components alone) is 43mm on its own. Large? Yes, but at least there’s a justifiably large amount to look at here, even if it’s a far cry from being legible. In addition to the tourbillons dancing the hours away, the dial itself is a sight to behold – comprised of a single component with 13 different textured elements. Each of these textures is executed through a different finishing technique – from sanded, grained, and satin textures, to the complex honeycomb and engraved script pattern at 12:00.

Harry Winston Histoire De Tourbillon 8 Watch Watch Releases

Only twenty pieces of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 8 will be produced (ten with the red dial, and ten in anthracite grey). We don’t yet have a confirmed price, but if the HDT 7’s $600,000 price tag was any hint, expect those twenty owners to be extremely well-heeled indeed. harrywinston.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    Was this watch commissioned by Dale Earnhardt Jr? If not, please explain the “no. 8” typeface. Protip: you can’t.

    Otherwise pretty cool.

    • Lock

      Well the No. 8 denotes the 8th watch in the series the HDT 8.

      Protip: learn to read and comprehend.

      • SuperStrapper

        Protip: you’re a fucking idiot. You just told me to read and comprehend without reading or comprehending what you were replying to. Kys.

        • Lock

          You are clearly referring to the No 8 to the left of the crown, hence your quotation marks on the No 8. You are the idiot.

          • SuperStrapper

            Wow. This has reached a comedy of lulzy proportions. Go back and read my original comment. Read it slowly. Make sure you catch every word. If any of them are beyond your reading level, I’ll help you through it. Then when the lightbulb goes off, you can edit your lunacy and no one will be the wiser.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          My two comment with bad language were delegated yesterday ! . if i was one of those American nutters i would be shouting about my 1st amendment.

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  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Amazing, an horological tour de force. 51mm by 17mm. But can you actually wear it?

    • IanE

      Not unless you have a lot of spare pocket money!

    • Larry could – we just need to take up a (big) collection to buy him one, ha ha. But price aside, it’s too big for my average sized wrist. The thickness of a chronograph and the diameter of an Invicta Russian Diver.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just………………..Wow.

    • Mark1884

      What Ray said !!!!

  • Howie Boyd

    The post reads: “…we have a pair of rotating discs – hours at 1:00, and minutes at 4:00, which “jump” as each hour and minute clicks by.” However in each picture (or computer rendering) the discs are pointing between an even hour and minute. That statement must be false based on the photographic evidence. But I like the watches.

    • Yeah, you’d think who ever did the renders wasn’t told that the watch will have jumping indications.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Why can’t Harry Winston do decent looking cases and better looking dials. Great movement in need of a sophisticated watch.

    The fonts and style are appropriate for a 3K sports watch like a tag or breitling, not a watch costing 200 hundred times that.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. If someone covered the right half of the dial, and I was only viewing the dual tourbillons, I would expect to find much more luxurious clocks when I finally got to see the right half of the watch.

      And that type of power-reserve is unique for a reason…all other manufacturers found it too comical to put on a haute horology timepiece…’ looks like a Gemini space capsule.

  • TheChuphta

    What’s not to like? Great price, workhorse Winston movement, a real tool watch. Love it all!!!

  • Too bad they could not make the tourbillon cages smaller to get the watch thinner. And a more wearable diameter. But for this price, I’d have expected it to be iced out – this is Harry Winston after all. Or maybe Swatch, ever aware of positioning the brands within their group, need to keep HW above Breguet. And Brequet makes a nice double tourbillon (but not bi-axial) for under $500 large (but iced at nearly $700 grand).

    Ray forget to mention it does not have a date complication, but I’m sure that omission was what his “wow” was meant to convey. Just kidding Ray – I think it’s a wow watch too.

  • JCRV

    I’ve seen a tourbillon watch in action and it was a treat and I can imagine what a great sight these tourbillons must be. But ever since I saw a Chinese tourbillon with a daily average deviation of about 30 seconds, I keep wondering if these great complications are able to beat the 2 seconds of a basic Rolex Oyster. And since no performance data is ever given, or even a COSC certificate, it now kinda feels like the wristwatch equivalent of a cuckoo. Just something to look at. Come on! Show me that 1 second daily deviation! Or at least match that Rolex, ’cause that was the whole idea behind the tourbillon, accuracy.
    On the other hand is a cuckoo nothing to scoff at. After all, in stead of wearing a €300 Citizen that sets it’s time daily on a radio signal like my colleague does, I love listening to that 5Hz El Primero tick away.

  • What happened to all the elegant three-handers we saw at Baselworld this year?

  • BNABOD

    Yikes not sure where to start, yes the Soyuz re-entry module at 6. Wait that is a PR. Either way Omega should have jumped on that puppy. Can u imagine a speedmaster w a PR looking like that my my my. Would be at least another 72 limited editions of the re-entry side of the earth. Now back to 700 Gs I must be in the wrong business and side of history but this “watch” is way too large if intended to be wearable and too small to display. Go all the way then, make it a display piece in pocket watch size and put it in a display case so you could have it there for others to enjoy.

  • Ayreonaut

    The hour and minute pointers look like chicken heads.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. I knew I’d seen that before…Robot Chicken–even has the red laser eye!!! 😉

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