Harry Winston’s project Z collection has been around for over a decade now, and the famed watchmaker and jeweler have recently shown off the 10th watch in the collection. Dubbed very simply the Harry Winston Project Z10 Watch, this watch, like its predecessors, features the use of Zalium and is heavily influenced by engineering and architecture.
For those that are not familiar with Harry Winston and their vision, here’s a brief recap. In 2004, Harry Winston embarked on the Project Z collection. The Z refers to Zalium, an exclusive, patented zirconium-based alloy developed by Ron Winston, the son of Harry Winston, who also happened to be a rather gifted chemical engineer studying and working with rocket propellants.
After working with the material for some years, he soon realized that the properties of Zirconium were ideal for watchmaking. Zirconium is extremely resistant to corrosion highly hypoallergic, very light and strong at the same time. Ron then created a special alloy, mixed with Zirconium, and named it Zalium. In 2004, the first Harry Winston Project Z watch was launched and it was the beginning of the collection.
12 years later and the watchmaker has just released the 10th watch from the collection – the Harry Winston Project Z10 Watch. With a case is made from Zalium and 42.2mm wide in diameter. The watch has a chunky design with very pronounced crown guards. The case casing is also filled with subtle intricate detailing, with is very impressive considering how hard Zalium is to work with – Zalium is harder than stainless steel and even titanium. The Harry Winston Project Z10 Watch is also water resistant to 100 meters.
This stunning watch also features an off-center main dial that consists of a black grid with a black satin-finished chapter ring and rhodium hour markers. Elsewhere, there are more grids and lattices rendered in blue anodized aluminum, while at the opposite side at 8h00 is a retrograde seconds display. At 6h00 there is a date display, after long calls for the collection to add a date complication.
According the brand, the inspiration behind the Harry Winston Project Z10 Watch comes from the iconic Manhattan Bridge, which is appropriate considering the headquarters of the brand is in New York. This also explains the grid and latticework that adorns the dial.
The movement is Harry Winston’s signature automatic caliber HW3305. It’s made up of 312 componenets and beats at 28,800bph. The movement features a silicon balance spring and a power reserve of 65 hours. It also has an 18K gold skeletonized rotor, circular Côtes de Genève on the bridges, and snailing on the plate.
The watch also features a very interesting ‘dual strap’, which is a blend of blue alligator and rubber. The rubber is used to line the back of the alligator strap and that should increase the wearing comfort. The strap is also marked with a shuriken motif.