Harry Winston adds newest addition to Project Z timepieces – a collection launched in 2004, designed to display its highly technical skills with next-generation materials. New Project Z9 timepiece showcases a case made completely of Zalium, a new ultra-light and non-allergic material, like its predecessors, but this will mark the first time a piece from the collection will be driven by a high-frequency movement. The Project Z9 has a high-speed automatic movement – named the HW3304 – running at 5 Hertz (36,000 vph).
The case is large at 44.2 mm diameter, but the watch is light as a result of the zalium material. The case is brush-finished, and it gives the watch a dully gleaming grey appearance that is very much part of the Project Z heritage. The blue-grey colour combination continues in low lighting, with hands and hour indices coated in blue-glowing SuperLuminova, and the background for the date ring that is white by day and glows blue at night. The sapphire caseback reveals the skeletonized oscillating weight in white gold.
The watch also has three arches that in this piece are at the crown, the shuriken running seconds indicator and the Harry Winston logo on an emerald-shaped marker.
The case has a water resistance of 100 metres. The strap in black rubber with a clou de Paris textured motif is beautifully shaped to continue the tapering lines of the lugs, and it has an ardillon buckle in zalium.
The Harry Winston Project Z9 is a limited edition of 300 pieces, reference OCEACH44ZZ004, price 23,000 Swiss francs.