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Object of Desire: Harry Winston Premier Lotus Automatic 31mm Watch

By Sng Ler Jun

Harry WinstonHarry Winston’s latest timepiece borrows the symbolism and beauty of an aquatic flower.

With roots ingrained deeply in mud and a body submerged in turbid waters, the lotus flower grows and breaks into the surface overnight, only to bloom in sunlight for a day. Pristine and without an iota of dirt on its immaculate petal, the blossoming process is enrapturing and well-worth being a symbol of regeneration across several cultures. The very essence of this aquatic flower is reflected in the Harry Winston’s Premier Lotus Automatic 31mm timepiece. A miniature floral sculpture comprising several layered petals, each sculpted in 18-karat white or rose gold and speckled with precious and semi-precious materials, is depicted onto the dial, almost as if it rises from a pool of mother-of-pearl to greet its wearer. With some inspirations taken from the house’s Lotus Cluster fine jewellery collection, the timepiece recalls the house’s scintillating history through an eclectic array of colours, shapes and textures. Both watches — the white gold model mimicking a winter flower in bloom, and the rose gold model featuring earth tones emulating the visual from a tiger’s eye — have 147 brilliant-cut diamonds and seven marquise-cut diamonds atop the floral sculpture on the dial, while an open, sapphire crystal case back reveals the intricacies of the movement. Across the feminine 31mm diameter, the elegant timepiece is part of Harry Winston’s first timepiece collection from 1989 and also boasts 58 brilliant-cut diamonds on the gold case.

Harry Winston Premier Lotus Automatic 31mm, price upon request.