December 7, 08:52 PM GMT
500,000 - 700,000 USD
Harry Winston | Diamond 'Roula' Wristwatch
The dial set with an octagonal portrait-cut diamond, within a double frame of baguette diamonds, on an articulated band composed of baguette diamonds, quartz movement, internal circumference 6¼ inches, caseback and dial signed Harry Winston, caseback and clasp with maker's mark, with Swiss assay marks, caseback numbered 008996 and inscribed PIECE UNIQUE. With fitted presentation box and Certificate of Authenticity from Harry Winston stating the 'Roula' to be a unique timepiece and a copy of a letter from Harry Winston attesting to the watch's exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
Accompanied by a copy of SSEF report no. 11668 dated October 31, 2002 stating that the portrait-cut diamond is D color, VS2 clarity.
A great Winston jewel is a marvel of craftmanship, the epitome of glamour. It is engineered to highlight the beauty and brilliance of each stone through an intricate network of barely-there wires, all to dazzling effect. Showstopping stones hang gracefully from earclips, and clusters of diamonds form effortlessly to the wrist. In its simplest form, a great Winston jewel is the quintessential solitaire, an impressive emerald-cut diamond with broad shoulders and a high crown. This cutting style has become so inextricably linked with the house’s identity that the shape has been applied to everything from its store windows to watches, as found in the spectacular example offered here.
The “Roula” is a one-of-a-kind creation, made by special request to join what has been described by Harry Winston as the “Ultimate Collection.” To the uninformed admirer, its most noteworthy feature is the impressive bracelet set with 193 emerald-cut diamonds. With the additional 40 diamonds on the bezel, there are 40.30 carats in total, all stated to boast a color range and clarity of E to F and Internally Flawless. The most sensational element of the watch reveals itself in stages. The keen observer will appreciate the artful faceting to the perimeter of its crystal. However, it is only when the piece is exposed to light that its true magic made known: spectral colors dance around what is not, in fact, a simple watch crystal, but a diamond weighing over 13 carats. The crystal builds upon the tradition of portrait-cut diamonds such as the 27-carat example set upon a miniature portrait of Czar Alexander I, now housed by the Russian Diamond Fund in Moscow. Only diamonds of the greatest purity may be used for this purpose, and a significant amount of this precious material was likely sacrificed to re-create the shape of the classic Winston emerald-cut, making this a timepiece of extraordinary luxury.