Harry Winston - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Harry Winston
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 520/MMVHRL
    Case No: 22/25
    Model Name: Opus 3
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Opus 3, 47 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Harry Winston deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm length x 37.5mm width (not including lugs)
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Harry Winston international warranty and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The early 21st century was truly the era of independent watchmaking, garnering a platform of independent artisans of horology to collaborate and share their ideas and concepts to create some of the most extraordinary timepieces that the community has yet to witness. This was the vision for Maximillian Busser, at the time the head of watchmaking department for Harry Winston. Spearheaded by who is now the founder of the revered independent firm MB&F, the Opus project that Busser started gathered some of the most talented watchmakers.

    In 2003, Harry Winston in collaboration with reputable independent watchmaker Vianney Halter released the Opus 3. A genius in his craft, Mr. Halter takes his inspiration from outside of the horological world with most of his creations inspired by machinery, steampunk and science fiction.

    A true horological feat, the Opus 3 is probably one of the most complicated time and date only wristwatches released. A nod to the vision of both parties, the case features both distinct elements of Harry Winston, interpreted on its lugs and its main body screaming Vianney Halter through its steampunk brushed-finished with 6 apertures for its countdown display of time and date. Consisting of 7 overlapping discs for the time and date indications but also a very playful and ingenious countdown of the last 4 seconds of each minute that can be read as follows:
    - Top row from left to right: AM/PM and countdown indicator, date (tens), hours (units)
    - Lower row from left to right: tens of minutes, date (units) minutes (units)

    Launched as a limited edition model, 25 examples in pink gold, 25 examples in platinum and 5 rare examples in platinum with baguette-cut diamonds, the Opus 3 has become one of the most sought after creations by Vianney Halter in recent times as it was also the winner of the GPHG 2003.

    Offered in excellent overall condition and complete with its original warranty and presentation box, the present example numbered 22 is a perfect addition to any collections of fine independent timepieces as a true icon with the perfect embodiment of Vianney Halter’s design language.


Ref. 520/MMVHRL
An unusual, rare and sought-after limited edition pink gold wristwatch with digital display of time, date, countdown features, warranty and presentation box, numbered 22 of a limited edition of 25 pieces

Circa 2003
37.5mm length x 37.5mm width (not including lugs)
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$490,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for HK$1,071,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022