Histoire de Tourbillon 8.
Featuring a two-biaxial tourbillon design, unified by a spherical differential, the Histoire de Tourbillon 8 timepiece attains the greatest heights of timekeeping and kinematic magic.
Histoire de Tourbillon.
Histoire de Tourbillon embodies Harry Winston s visionary spirit and determination to explore new dimensions.
Harry Winston s Histoire de Tourbillon is a sophisticated collection of limited edition timepieces dedicated to the craftsmanship of one of the most revered and complex horological complications.
Launched in 2009, each Histoire de Tourbillon underscores Harry Winston s continued pursuit of excellence in innovation, by presenting the tourbillon in a series of spectacular new forms.
Distinct and daring in design, each timepiece features a sophisticated combination of inclined and multiple axes of rotation, and the linking of multiple tourbillon carriages making the Histoire de Tourbillon among the most visually striking and technically sophisticated tourbillons in the world.
Harry Winston 2019.
Hands-on the Histoire de Tourbillon 10, equipped with four tourbillons.
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HarryWinston This year Swatch Group did not attend Baselworld in March.
Swatch Group for a good reason decided to leave the world watch jewelry show and to create an own format how to present its novelties.
Today is the 19th of May 2019 and I have been spending three days last week in Switzerland to discover the novelties of the luxury brands of Swatch Group.
Among them of course Harry Winston.
I invite you to discover a wristwatch equipped with four tourbillons.
Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10.
For the first time ever, Harry Winston uses four distinct tourbillons in a Histoire de Tourbillon creation.
By the way this is the last of its series.
After delivering these timepieces to the markets Harry Winston will stop inventing manufacturing tourbillon watches under the name Histoire de Tourbillon .
Something new is in the pipeline.
Arranged in perfectly symmetrical order, the four independent, adjacent cores rotate in 36 seconds, their high-precision steps unified by a series of three differentials.
Together, they make Histoire de Tourbillon 10 a timepiece dedicated to superlative chronometry, with a unique design.
The idea behind using multiple regulating mechanisms is to take advantage of the qualities of each one and harness their unique way of reacting to gravity, the effects of which the tourbillon is designed to offset.
Thus, they do not mark the same time, but the same time must be given, so the operation of these mechanisms is unified by three differentials.
The first is connected to the two tourbillons on the left, while the second is connected to those on the right side of the case.
The third, which is large and located in a central position, does the job of averaging the two previous differentials and transmitting its information to the juxtaposed hands.
A rectangular case was needed to realize the Histoire de Tourbillon 10 complication.
3 mm wide and 39.
1 mm tall, the piece is as much a vessel as it is a watch.
The four tourbillons of the HW4702 calibre, which has no less than 673 components, can be seen in the four corners of the case, housed in a glass box of impressive proportions and supported by two transverse bridges.
Stay tuned since this is only one of the first videos going online.
In the next days I will continue my presentation and show you selected new luxury timepieces of Blancpain, Breguet, Glashütte Original, Omega and Jaquet Droz.
And please use the comment section of YouTube and let me know what you think and or write me if you have any questions.
I am curious to read your comments and more than happy to get back to you and answer your questions.
Introducing The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10.
The tenth and final chapter in Harry Winston s story of the tourbillon.
The Histoire de Tourbillon series from Harry Winston has been an ongoing project for the company since 2009, when the Histoire de Tourbillon 1 was released as a 20 piece limited edition.
The idea behind the series was rather similar to that behind the Opus series take the mechanical watch as a starting point for a no-holds-barred exploration of the limits of watchmaking in this case, the tourbillon specifically and see just how far design and mechanical complexity can be pushed.
The notion was not, and is not, necessarily to break new ground in high precision timekeeping per se, but rather to make something so visually, mechanically, and aesthetically striking that it becomes its own raison d être , rather than appealing to functionality as a justification.
The Histoire de Tourbillon 10 is the final installment in the series; in 2009, a nascent HODINKEE didn t cover the very first chapter but we followed along as the series evolved, with multi-axis, inclined axis, and double multi-axis tourbillons all making appearances in the various models.
Histoire de Tourbillon 10 is billed as the very first watch to contain four tourbillons with four separate balances, and as far as we can tell, Harry Winston is accurate in making that claim while there have been quadruple tourbillons before from Greubel Forsey, for instance and while there have been watches with four balances before the Quatuor, from Roger Dubuis as far as we know, no one s ever put four balances inside four separate tourbillon cages before now.
The tourbillon cages rotate all clockwise once every 36 seconds this is faster than the standard 60 seconds, found in most other tourbillon watches, although various speeds are possible depending on the gearing; Breguet, for instance, made four minute tourbillons during his lifetime with the balances oscillating at 21,600 vph 3 Hz.
The energy costs are quite high; the watch is powered by two pairs of fast-rotating barrels that provide a 55 hour power reserve, which seems low for a watch of these dimensions the rectangular case is 53.
60mm thick until you remember that they have to drive four tourbillons, after all.
The four tourbillons inevitably run at four slightly different rates, so the four rates are averaged to produce a single output for the time display; this is done via three differentials.
The rates of each pair of tourbillons are averaged by the first two differentials, to produce two rates, and these two are further averaged by a third differential to produce the final output to the hour and minute hands there s no seconds hand .
Harry Winston has produced tourbillons for the Histoire de Tourbillon series, over the years, with varying rates of rotation the Histoire de Tourbillon 4, for example, was a triple axis tourbillon with three concentric cages, rotating at 5 minutes, 75 seconds, and 45 seconds from outermost to inmost but 36 seconds was the rotational speed of the double tourbillons in the Histoire de Tourbillon 1 the tourbillon systems for which were designed by Greubel Forsey so there s a certain symmetry to finishing the story that way.
Generally speaking these have been six-figure watches made in very small numbers ten to twenty pieces per installment, more or less and Histoire de Tourbillon 10 will be a limited edition as well, of ten pieces in platinum, ten in white gold, and one piece in Winstonium which is a proprietary platinum alloy.
Pricing is CHF 700,000 to CHF 770,000 depending on the case material.
There s an interesting phenomenon in evolutionary biology called a Fisherian runaway, which has to do with the evolution of exaggerated secondary sex characteristics specifically, in males of species like the peacock, where floridly excessive male ornamentation signals better reproductive fitness to the female of the species; the notion is that things like the peacock s plumes basically read as, If I can afford to waste this much metabolic energy on making feathers five times my body length, imagine how much I d rock more, ahem, intimate matters.
I thought of this phenomenon while looking at the Histoire de Tourbillon 10 and think of it while looking at other, similarly extroverted efforts in ultra-high-end modern watchmaking because watchmaking, like any other luxury craft, responds to evolutionary pressures as well, and one of the ways to capture the attention of both actual clients as well as the larger watchmaking community, is to create timepieces that exhaust one s supply of superlatives, and which have unique properties that set them indisputably apart from any other watch, or watches.
So it is with the Histoire de Tourbillon 10.
Now, it s tempting to judge watches by a single standard and it s extremely tempting to make that single standard one s own personal tastes, but the Histoire de Tourbillon is both a watch, and only incidentally a watch a phenomenon that brands which simply follow this to its natural conclusion by omitting hands altogether, or making the watch unreadable under any circumstances, clearly understand .
From the back, the two pairs of barrels are visible under the X-shaped bridges; power reserve is on the upper right.