Piaget Possession

HARRY WINSTON OPUS XIII Technical Specifications
Name: Opus XIII
Reference: OPUMHM44WW001
Movement Caliber: HW4101 Type, Mechanical, manual-winding
Dimensions of movement
- Diameter: 37.8 mm
- Height: 4.95 mm
Number of components:
Complete movement: 364 components
Number of jewels: 242 rubies
Power reserve:35 hours
Barrels: 2 separate barrels armed by a rocking pinion
Balance wheel: Annular balance
Alt. / hour: 21’600 (3Hz)
Balance spring: Flat balance spring
Main plate: Circular-grained finish
Bridges: Circular-brushed finish
Functions
- Hours display via eleven, 180-degree rotating hands (one hand rotating each hour except at 12h / 24h)
- Minutes display with fifty-nine, 40-degree rotating hands
- “HW” logo revealed at the center of the dial at noon and midnight
Case Material Finish
- 18K white gold
- Polished bezel and lugs, satin-brushed case band
- “Harry Winston” engraved on the bezel at 12 o’clock, “Opus XIII” engraved on the bezel at 6 o’clock
- Harry Winston triple arches at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock
Case dimensions
- Diameter: 44.25 mm
- Height: 13.6 mm
-Crystal
- Sapphire
- Case back
- Sapphire-crystal display back
Water resistance:30 meters
Crown
- 18K polished white gold crown at 2 o’clock
- Embossed “HW” logo
Animation
- Instantaneous hours and minutes
- Cumulative display of minutes via a peripheral, jumping retrograde system with fifty-nine hands
- Successive display of hours via a peripheral, jumping system with eleven hands
- Sliding shutter revealing the “HW” logo every twelve hours
Dial
- Faceted sapphire-crystal dome
- Polished, rhodium-plated minute and five minute hands. Minute hands with black and white transfer. Five minute hands with black and red transfer
- Polished, rhodium-plated, triangular shaped hour hands
- Smoked sapphire-crystal over the minute hands
- Beveled well with “HW” logo
Strap: Hand-sewn black alligator leather Buckle
18K white gold folding buckle Limited Edition
130 pieces Collection, Opus Series

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HYT made its debut last year with the H1, which was the world’s first hydro-mechanical watch. The H1 movement is unique in that it uses liquid to tell time. In the H1, a tube surrounds the dial and is filled with two immiscible liquids - a green water-base solution and clear oil solution - which move across the dial to indicate the hours. It’s a truly exciting watch, both in terms of design and movement, and this article gives a deeper insight into how the watch actually works and functions.

Bremont has come a long way, and this boutique stands as a sign of a mature brand reaching a new level of confidence. This, along with their new assembly facilities and offices at Henley on Thames certainly shows why it’s not a big surprise that the brand has won its ardent followers.

Technical extravagance is sometimes easier to achieve than creating something strictly abiding rules and borders - and when one sets himself to the challenge of originating something that's ultra-thin (the thinnest ever, in fact), suddenly those borders might feel uncomfortably close! Arnold & Son took their time with years in research and development while creating the thinnest tourbillon movement in the world. Those days are over and they have released their latest piece from the Instrument Collection - the one that favors clean, uncluttered looks to busy dials and overlapping scripts - they are here to dethrone Piaget, the previously undisputed king of ultra-thin.

For years now, aBlogtoWatch has received... well, a lot of e-mails from people with every type of question imaginable. People in Singapore seem to tend to think we sell watches - which, we'd love to sell them, only we don't sell watches. A lot of people want to know how much their dead relative's watch is worth. Others still just want our validation on watches they already want to buy. For all of those people out there; if you like it, then don't let us stop you from buying it. It will be a learning experience either way.

Hublot has been on quite a rampage as of late when it comes to design.  The most recent example (prior to the watch we're discussing here, that is) is of course the 50-day power reserve MP-05.  If you dial back into the archives a bit, you'll see that these design experiments started with the MP-01, where the first tonneau case showed up.  Interesting side note on that case -  it was literally Hublot trying to see what an Hublot mixed with Richard Mille design would look like.

Like Citizen Eco-Drive watches, light passes through the dial of the T-Touch Expert Solar. What you are seeing is an early prototype model, so the dial will be enhanced greatly. Tissot will be able to create a lot of dial variety that still allows for light to pass through it. Tissot T-Touch watches are really all about touching the dial. The sapphire crystal acts as a touch screen to use each of the functions. I reviewed the original T-Touch Expert model here a few years ago for you to get a good idea of how the system works.

Alan T. from Singapore asks:

We recently had an opportunity to do an interview with Oliver Ike, the man behind the Ikepod, as well as the resurrection of the A. Manzoni & Fils brand which is among the highest-end watches being funded on Kickstarter. Oliver's watches have become instantly recognizable, and he looks to be shaking things up a bit in the luxury watch industry with his new launch. In the interview, we cover a variety of topics, including how Ikepod came to be, what Oliver has done since Ikepod, and insights into his new A. Manzoni & Fils Canopus Planner watch.

It should come as no surprise that I write about watches in the magazine. The magazine is also both in English and Chinese. A fellow guest editor is actually Dr. Andrew Weil who is a really well-known doctor who writes books about healthy living. He is a cool guy and was actually a professor at the University of Arizona while I was going there. Anyhow, my recommendation to luxury loving Singaporeans is to go out... and get High.

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Both of these watches have a lot in common. Most important to IWC is probably that they are each produced as part of the brand's relationship with the Mercedes AMG Pertronas race team that competes in Formula 1 races. IWC more or less transformed the Ingenieur collection from a sort of manly science watch to a racing watch. Make of that what you will as the designs haven't really changed. As I am not really into Formula 1, that connection is cool, but doesn't make or break the deal for me. But since IWC put all that time and effort into working with the race team, it is worth mentioning.

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With that said I will add that the competitive bar for Citizen is not exactly raised very high, but the ability for people to forgive such a major brand for a device with a finicky Bluetooth experience is low. Citizen did their absolute best with the Proximity, but in the end it offers a small list of Bluetooth features mostly hampered by the watch and iPhone's often erratic ability to properly connect - or perhaps I just didn't look at the instructions carefully enough.

00 limit: I'm looking at two watches for my next purchases: 1) Victorinox Swiss Army Watch, Women's Chronograph White Leather Strap 241511 (LOVE the LUME on Victorinox watches) and 2) Frederique Constant Women's FC-235AS1S5 Slim Line Dark Brown Leather Strap Watch for a daily wear.


We last covered the Aerospace some time ago in 2009 when Breitling refreshed the dials a bit. That was a while ago, but really not too much new has developed in this area as Breitling has only released a few new quartz watches each year. Nevertheless, Breitling is dedicated to its quartz customers and offers more SuperQuartz-based watches than any other Swiss brand that I know of. We've written about SuperQuartz in the past discussing the technology more. It is also known as a thermocompensated quartz movement. Why is it super? Well mostly because of accuracy. While a normal quartz movement is accurate to within about 15 seconds a month, SuperQuartz movements are accurate to within about 10 seconds a year.

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Relatively thin, the wide case sits impressively flat on the dial. At 44.6mm wide, the Time Pyramid isn't a small watch, but it certainly isn't too large to wear with formal attire. The expansive view through the double sapphire crystal displays further helps to reduce visual mass and space. This makes the overall wrist presence feel minimalized. Perhaps a small detail, it is actually important how the 6 o'clock placement of the crown gives the case a truly symmetrical feel as there is no crown jutting out of the side.

All in all, I'm glad of the time I had to have a close look at this watch, as it will no doubt disappear from view into a private collection soon. Thank you Roger Smith for this opportunity and may I wish the lucky buyer an enjoyable ownership experience of this very special watch. rwsmithwatches.com

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