The jury at the ninth Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève held on 14th November 2009 have awarded the Harry Winston Opus 9 the “Best Design Watch of the Year”. The Opus collection, launched by Harry Winston in 2001 is a horological collaboration which brings together master designers and pioneers of engineering from the industry annually, whose combined talents have in the past resulted in releases which are quite simply the most highly sought after and collectable pieces available.
This year’s watch - the Opus 9 is no exception. The piece is the work of Jean-Marc Wiederecht , the engineer and it’s designer Eric Giroud and has an automatic self-winding movement using a chain system. The dial does not have hands but features two parallel diamond chains each consisting of 33 diamonds and one garnet - which indicates the correct hour and minute. Although complex in the extreme to engineer and create, the dial is stunningly simple contrasting beautifully with the white gold watchcase. Presented on a black alligator strap, the Opus 9 is reassuringly limited to 100 pieces.