In 2001, Opus 1, a resonance chronometer by François-Paul Journe, made headlines in the watchmaking world. This was partly because it was the first time that two companies jointly undertook an Haute Horlogerie project, and also because it was an unprecedented technical feat – especially considering the fact that it took just 8 months to create this limited series of 18 models.
A Tourbillon with perpetual calendar on the back created by Antoine Preziuso, Opus Two was a logical extension of the concept. It revealed a family likeness transcending an albeit very different result: the Opus concept was thus conclusively launched and Harry Winston continued proving that there are still so much to be invented.
In 2003, Harry Winston and Vianney Halter took the concept to peaks of achievement as yet unscaled by Haute Horlogerie: representing an entirely new watch, Opus 3 encompassed no less than three world firsts (relating to its movement, shape and function).
While it seemed more traditional (particularly because of its case inspired by the Harry Winston Premier collection), Opus 4 was nonetheless a truly exceptional watch created in conjunction with Christophe Claret. This totally reversible model featured a “technical” side starring a tourbillon and minute repeater with cathedral chime, and a “romantic” side with large moon phase and dates indicated around the dial rim.