Watches: Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Monochrome
By Thierry Ané on December 14, 2013
Harry Winston creates the most stunning timepieces! One quick glance at their amazing collection will show you that this statement is more than just my personal belief. Whether you consider the Midnight line, the Ocean or Ocean Sport collections, the amazing Histoire de Tourbillon series, the Project Z line or the famous Opus saga, the timepieces feature excellent movements with unusual functions or displays and they shine thanks to their bold, contemporary and innovative designs.
I recently discussed the Project Z6 Excenter Alarm Blue EditionWatches: Harry Winston Project Z6 Excenter Alarm Blue Edition that plays on the contrast of the black DLC coating of its Zalium case with the beautiful blue of the dial and rubber strap. The Ocean Dual Time Monochrome that I am about to review today plays on very different aesthetic codes. As its name implies, this timepiece uses several shades of grey and black to produce a sensational monochromatic effect.
The 44 mm case is crafted in Harry Winston’s proprietary Zalium alloy. Composed of aluminium and zirconium, it presents a very distinctive gunmetal sheen that contrasts nicely with the black rubber strap adorned with a “clous pyramide” motif. Of course, the folding clasp is also made of Zalium like the case.
The brand’s designers relied upon the same mixture of black and grey to make the extremely complex dial of this watch perfectly legible despite the abundance of displays. The sub-dials of the local and home time are black with Arabic numerals. Each comes with its individual day-night indicator. Harry Winston’s signature shuriken has been placed right where the two sub-dials overlap. If it spins, you know that the watch is still running. In addition to this power indicator and the two time zones, this beautiful timepiece feature an unusual large date. Indeed, instead of displaying the date horizontally like most of the brands do, the two digits are placed vertically. Moreover, the two discs necessary to indicate the correct date are fully visible, which increases the technical look of this timepiece.
To create the nice grey-black contrast, the dial background has been coated with a special layer of oxidized platinum, which is then hand-brushed to create a patina. A consequence of this manual process is that each dial is unique, which increases the appeal of this watch.
For the sake of comparison, the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Ocean Dual Time
The Ocean Dual Time Monochrome is powered by the mechanical self-winding HW1001 calibre. This movement is obtained by adding the AGH2841 module (exclusive to the brand) to Girard-Perregaux’s GP3300 movement. Its nice Côtes de Genèves as well as its customized rotor with a black DLC treatment can be admired through the sapphire case back. Interestingly, looking at the back of this watch tells you that the movement has been placed off-centre in the case.
Strictly speaking, nothing has changed relative to previous versions of the Ocean Dual Time except the colour-scheme. However, this monochromatic makeup totally transforms this watch (the above picture allows the comparison with last year’s model). Limited to 250 pieces, this watch is sporty and smart at the same time. It is suitable for all situations and sends strong horological vibes. In a nutshell, another sensational watch from Harry Winston!