44mm Zalium™ case with DLC finish (11.7mm thick),
Photo: Mike Mellia
When I showed you the new Harry Winston Ocean Triple Retrograde chronographs a couple days ago, I neglected to mention that there was more to come! So here we go again, this time a look at the new Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Black Edition. This watch was first shown at Baselworld 2012 earlier this year and is now avaliable (price around $30k). The Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time was originally developed off of Harry Winston’s fourth Project Zalium (‘Project Z”) collection (pictured below) which launched as a 100 piece limited edition in 2004, and it was awarded Best Men’s Timepiece of the Year at the 2008 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Asia. With that proud lineage in mind, I’ll take you through the new Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time “Black Edition”, on the jump>>>
The Ocean Dual Time Black Edition is built around a 44-mm diameter case made of Zalium™. Zalium is an aluminum-zirconium alloy unique to Harry Winston; it is light, harder than titanium and hypoallergenic, as well as highly resistant to almost all forms of corrosion. Furthermore, I find that it has a beautiful sheen to it . The Zalium case is given the ole’ DLC-treatment, i.e. a coating of amorphous carbon crystal (Diamond Like Carbon) with nearly the hardness of diamond itself. In other words, the case is extremely impervious to scratches. Not to be confused with “PVD” which is a similar, but less robust treatment often given to watch cases.
The watch has dual time zone displays positioned at 2 ‘o clock and 9 ‘o clock, both with day and night indicators (both with Super Luminova). The large vertical date display located at 6 ‘o clock is given a special deep blue Super Luminova. Note also the smal shuriken in the middle of the dial — a Harry Winston signature which not only adds an element of dynamic animation to the dial, but also serves to let the user known with a glance that the watch is running.
Inside the Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Black Edition is an automatic mechanical movement (28,800 vph, power-reserve of 45 hours) visible through a sapphire crystal case-back, courtesy luxury bazaar:
The Harry Winston Project Z4 (2004)