Recently on our Watch of the Week Column on Departures.com, we talked about Harry Winston and its famed reputation as the King of Diamonds. Here, we bring you that article and a look at one prime example of how Harry Winston deftly blends high jewelry and watchmaking in a new secret brooch watch set with more than 12 carats of diamonds.
Just in time for the holidays—and the wonderful black-tie soirees that punctuate the season—Harry Winston celebrates time (it’s the most wonderful of the year) in true style. Turning to its rich roots as a purveyor and designer of diamond jewelry, the house unveils the new Art Deco-styled My Precious Time, a brooch-watch design decked in 368 dazzling diamonds weighing 12.4 carats in all.
Inspired by men’s pocket watches, the stunning timepiece is as versatile as it is exquisite, transforming from a jeweled brooch to a quartz-powered watch with the touch of a “button” (a marquise-cut diamond attached to a latch). When released from the 18-karat white-gold pin, the secret octagon-shaped dial—suspended from the pin by a subtle chain—shimmers with 142 brilliant-cut diamonds. Spilling onto both sides of the “case” are 63 brilliant-cut diamonds, 20 baguette-cut diamonds, and six marquise-cut diamonds. A large 1-carat cushion-cut center stone surrounded by a floral motif accents the geometric lines of the brooch, with an additional 136 brilliant-, baguette-, and marquise-cut diamonds adorning the rest of the design, with 70 baguette-cut diamonds invisibly set to form the cylinder shape of the brooch.