The latest chapter in the unique Métiers d’Art saga by Harry Winston takes place in Italy, in the historic city of Ravenna, known worldwide for its mosaics.
Precious gemstones are synonymous with Harry Winston, and so are precious art forms, like the spectacular mosaic glass setting on the dials of the six new Métiers d’Art timepieces from the House. An inimitable luxury made by hand in Ravenna, Italy, the vibrant dials are highlighted with quintessential Harry Winston diamonds in an artistic marriage that is destined to shine for a lifetime.
An ancient art, mosaics are made from small pieces of colored glass, ceramic, stone or other materials known collectively as tesserae. The tesserae are then applied on an adhesive surface to create a design. Widely used in Ancient Greece and Rome, the art of mosaic flourished under the Byzantine Empire. Ravenna, the capital city of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, and then Byzantine Italy through the 8th century, took the art of mosaic to unprecedented levels, creating masterpieces for the local walls and ceilings of the early Christian monuments.
Finding new and original ways to animate timepiece dials is a true passion at Harry Winston, whose designers turned to the impressive art of glass micromosaic for their newest Premier timepiece. The six unique models feature timeless handcrafted dials that juxtapose bold color palettes with contrasting fragments of translucent and opaque glass, to create designs that are fascinating and unique.
Powered by a high-end Swiss mechanical automatic movement, the Premier Precious Micromosaic and Premier Precious Peacock timepieces are presented in both 18-karat white and 18-karat rose gold cases, and each dial composition is limited to just 30 pieces.
About Harry Winston
Few jewelry brands have such an illustrious history as the House of Harry Winston. Founded in New York City in 1932, by Mr. Harry Winston – an innate gemologist, an intuitive business man, and a dedicated philanthropist – the brand continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watchmaking.
Known throughout his life as the “King of Diamonds”, and the “Jeweler to the Stars”, Mr. Winston’s innovative design philosophy – in which the individual gemstones, rather than the metal settings, would dictate each design – helped to revolutionize fine jewelry designs, and remains at the cornerstone of a timeless aesthetic that continues to inspire all Harry Winston creations.
From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope, and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning generations of famous faces, from Hollywood legends to international Heads of State, for over eight decades, the Harry Winston name has been synonymous with the best that there is.
Today, the House of Harry Winston continues its tradition of creativity, rarity, and quality without compromise in its retail salons around the world, including: New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.