Carrying the lucky number 8, Project Z8 represents the latest model in Harry Winston’s Project Z series, which showcases the House’s pioneering use of Zalium. Lighter, harder than titanium and resistant to corrosion, Zalium is a zirconium-base alloy exclusive to the House, and reflects its motto of “only the exceptional” in design. Its matte gunmetal gray color gives a gleam to this sporting timepiece.
Project Z8 is powered by a mechanical automatic-winding Dual Time movement: a grand classic from the House and one that is truly appreciated among connoisseurs. This caliber serves to display the time in two different zones, one for the local time and one for the reference time. It is distinguished by a clear separation between the various functions: an excentered hour/minute display at 1 o’clock; a day/night indicator at 3 o’clock; as well as the Shuriken – the signature of all Project Z watches – serving as a movement operating indicator and a pointer-type date display. The center features a retrograde dual-time display fitted with an anodized aluminum hand with an elaborately curved and completely three-dimensional design that required considerable ingenuity to create.
One particular technical development makes the Project Z8 truly unique – the retrograde dual-time display, that can generally only be adjusted clockwise, can be turned in both directions via the additional clutch system of this crown-operated function. This device considerably facilitates and accelerates the adjustment process.
Comprising 281 components, 32 jewels, a flat silicon balance spring and a newly designed white gold open-worked oscillating weight, this sophisticated caliber is a testament to fine workmanship, which extending all the way through to its circular Côtes de Genève motif.
Exuding a bold and powerful aesthetic, this new model features a 44 mm diameter case and the three-dimensional dials favored by the House. The zone corresponding to the reference time is composed of seven superimposed appliques, while the GMT zone consists of five elements interlocked in a stunning construction affording a maximum of depth and transparency. Project Z8 is an amazing sequence of striking decorative elements, finishes and details. It has a satin finish on the upper surface with a micro-blasted zone on the lower sides as well as around the edge of the case.
A limited edition of 300 pieces, Project Z8 is shown on a black rubber strap bearing a Clou de Paris hobnail motif and secured by a Zalium ardillon buckle.