Harry Winston - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Harry Winston
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 520/MMVHRL
    Case No: 044’385, No. 17/25
    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 width x 37.5mm length (not including lugs)
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Harry Winston international warranty stamped The Hour Glass dated 22nd February 2013, instruction manual, setting pin, outer packaging and fitted numbered presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the realm of independent watchmaking, the early 2000s witnessed a sudden boom in talented and visionary independent watchmakers that has propelled the niche group of firms on the map. Although creative independent horology was still in its infancy at the time, the innovative approach to offering something truly extraordinary was deemed important and rightfully Harry Winston decided to endure in a special project called the Opus series. Headed by Maximillian Busser at the time where he was the head of the watchmaking department for Harry Winston, Busser decided to gather some of the world’s most skilled independent watchmakers to create cutting-edge timepieces for the Opus series.

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

    Unusual and perhaps one of the most complicated time and date only watches ever produced, the Opus 3 is a clear representation of both parties, its case distinctively Vianney Halter with a touch of Harry Winston for the articulated lugs. The dial is pure Vianney Halter featuring a steampunk appeal with 6 apertures for its interesting digital time display. 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)

    While most examples of the Opus 3 were sold almost 10 years after its introduction, it is believed that the movement had teething problems, which took almost 10 years to resolve. More impressively, over the course of the period, not a single order was cancelled hence giving the Opus 3 its legendary status among collectors.
    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.

    The present well-preserved example in 18K pink gold numbered 17 is the first example in pink gold to ever appear at a PHILLIPS auction. Complete with its full set of accessories including its unique numbered presentation box, this is truly an opportunity for lovers of independents to acquire a spectacular and important timepiece.


Ref. 520/MMVHRL
An extraordinary, unusual and rare limited edition pink gold wristwatch with digital display of time, date, countdown features, warranty and presentation box, numbered 17 of a limited edition of 25 pieces

Circa 2013
37.5mm width x 37.5mm length (not including lugs)
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$390,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$1,386,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021