Evolution of an Icon: Harry Winston Project Z10

For its 10th edition, the Harry Winston Project Z series evolves towards an increasingly mechanical aesthetic. Lightweight, technical, and stunning, Project Z10 showcases a double retrograde movement with automatic winding, through an openwork dial, whose skeleton structure reveals its meticulous finishes. Inspired by the Manhattan Bridge, this high-intensity technical design recalls the ambitious work of the early steel era, and the origins of the Project Z series, in terms of the case, strap, dial, display, and movement.

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The 42.2 mm case of the Project Z10 is carved from a block of Zalium, a unique, ultra-lightweight alloy exclusive to Harry Winston, and is mounted on a Shuriken-marked dual strap that is composed of black rubber and blue alligator leather. The watch houses its movements in visible parts of the timepiece. From top to bottom, its mechanics, finishes, and shapes are at the forefront of the design. The open structure of the dial plays a genuinely meaningful role, as it houses all of the indications.

The hour is indicated off-center, while the HW3305 caliber displays the day of the week at 4 o'clock and seconds, on a scale of 0 to 30, at 8 o'clock. There is something special about these two indications; something that is at the heart of the Project Z's identity: they are both retrograde. The hands travel 120 degrees, instead of making a full revolution. At the end of their journey, they automatically jump back and resume their operation.

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What we find interesting is that the Project Z10 intentionally reveals the functional elements that perform these mechanical operations. For example, the gear that directs the second hand, is perfectly visible. The technical nature of this timepiece is more than just a design choice; it is an iconic quality that Harry Winston’s Project Z series is known for.

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