Back in 1955, when the brilliant mind behind the brand met Ambaji V. Shinde in Bombay, it marked the start of a collaboration that would soon see the latter become an iconic designer for the House of Harry Winston. Unearthed from several of Shinde's jewellery designs, the magic touch of the designer is re-interpreted in three limited edition timepieces that are now part of the Harry Winston Premier Collection.
Taking inspiration from the two famous "Star of the Desert" necklaces and a tiara, the 36 mm creations use the symbolic motifs to create an elegant dial. In 24 carat gold, the motifs are engraved using a special technique known as relief-engraving and are reminiscent of a cannetille. The engraving, sits on Grand Feu enamel, a durable material creating a contrast that immediately catches the eye.
Sitting on top of the mechanical automatic movement, the enamel and gold engravings, are marquise-cut gems. The stonework is extended onto the 18-carat gold case and crown while a sapphire crystal covers the front and back of the dial. Each of the timepieces are accompanied with a glossy black alligator leather strap originating from Mississippi.
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