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  • Manufacturer: Harry Winston and F.P. Journe
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 200/MTFPJ38P
    Case No: 004527
    Model Name: Opus One
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1498, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Harry Winston deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement jointly signed F.P Journe and Harry Winston
    Accessories: Accompanied by Harry Winston International Warranty, product literature, fitted box and outer packaging

    • Condition Report

    • Description

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    • Catalogue Essay

      The genesis of the Harry Winston Opus Series is a story rarely seen in modern horology: that of a major brand putting forward the watchmaker who built the movement.

      More often than not large brands boast movements and complications that were made by third parties with the name of the latter rarely disclosed.

      During his time as CEO of Harry Winston in the early 2000s, Max Büsser decided to team up with young independent watchmakers and create a watch that would bear the genetic codes of both Harry Winston and the watchmaker and to have the name of the watchmaker proudly displayed on the watch! This project gifted to the world some of the most unusual, fascinating and complex timepieces to ever see the light of day.

      The very first Opus project was launched in 2001 with an up and coming watchmaker whose watches 20 years later would be competing with centuries old behemoth brands in the auction room: François-Paul Journe. Journe had just recently launched his brand when Büsser invited him to work together on the Opus project.

      The result was not one but three timepieces housing Journe’s signature creations: a time only with large date and power reserve display, the Chronomètre à Resonance and the present Tourbillon with Remontoire d'Égalité.
      The Tourbillon was made in only 6 unique pieces.

      - Blue dial set with 118 diamonds
      - Black dial set with 118 diamonds
      - Pink
      - Silver dial
      - Grey dial
      - Turquoise dial like the present example

      Journe’s take on the tourbillon is absolutely ingenious with the addition of a constant force device used to provide an equal amount of energy disregarding the winding level of the mainspring, thus resulting in greater accuracy and amplitude.

      The present Opus 1 Tourbillon is a must have for any collector thanks to its excellent state of preservation, its ultimate rarity, its historical relevance and its stunning beauty.

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Ref. 200/MTFPJ38P
A unique and attractive platinum wristwatch with tourbillon, Remontoire d'Égalité, warranty and presentation box

2001
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement jointly signed F.P Journe and Harry Winston

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 300,000 
€136,000-272,000
$163,000-327,000

Place Advance Bid
Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021