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Summer Time: Harry Winston’s Ocean Collection

Words by Eleanor Hibberd

With longer days on our side, the hours seem to take on a more leisurely rhythm during the summer months. And yet, time is of the essence – the season’s busy social calendar of events, weddings and holidays ensures that every minute is lived to the fullest. Imbued with the essence of summers spent on the water, Harry Winston’s Ocean collection runs on out-of-office time. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this sporty-chic line-up has a piece for every summer scenario, each with their own distinct design codes yet united in their high-tech performance.


Ocean Biretrograde Orange Automatic 36mm


Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm

Best For: Summer Holidays

If your vacation aesthetic involves sipping an Aperol Spritz on the deck at golden hour, the Ocean Biretrograde Orange Automatic 36mm watch is for you. Designed to chime with summer’s vibrant colour palette, it zings with the unique, citrussy glow of 173 brilliant-cut orange spessartites alongside 117 diamonds, surrounding the bezel and encircling the four different functions – the hour and minutes counter at noon, both retrograde gauges, and the date window at 6 o’clock.

Meanwhile for the dapper jet-setting gent, more masculine codes come via the Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm watch. Geometric and architectural in its design, the sophisticated timepiece showcases a perpetual calendar complication, which tracks the days in the month and the cycle of leap years. Intricate, sporty and elegant, this sleek piece is the perfect catch-all watch to take on holiday – a stylish accompaniment to linen separates and marinière stripes.

Project Z16

An offshoot of the Ocean collection since 2004, the Project Z series showcases Harry Winston’s innovation in the horological field, centred around the house’s exclusive material: Zalium.


Best For: Active Holidays

The 16th instalment of Harry Winston’s avant-garde Project Z series, this watch poses as the hardiest member of the Ocean family. Why? All thanks to its Zalium case – a highly resilient yet lightweight material. Exclusive to the house, the alloy is made up of zirconium, a metal that is harder than and almost as light as titanium, with a sheen that is amplified by combining it with aluminium – hence the name. Whatever adventures you have in store for your summer, this watch can be put through its paces.


Ocean Biretrograde Diamond Waves Automatic 36mm


Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm

Best For: A Destination Wedding

Tying the knot this summer? Diamond-dotted his-and-her watches are a match made in heaven for a waterside wedding. An ode to Harry Winston’s legacy as the “King of Diamonds”, the smaller Ocean Biretrograde Diamond Waves Automatic 36mm and larger Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 42mm both benefit from a splash of precious gemstones to light up their mother-of-pearl dials. The former, with its white strap and something-blue baguette sapphires, perfectly befits a bride, while the latter’s subtle brilliant-cut diamonds and sophisticated style feel elevated for a suited-and-booted groom. With this duo, it won’t only be the rings that bind you in matrimony.

Best For: Sporting Events

From Henley Royal Regatta to Wimbledon, the summer season’s sporting calendar requires a special kind of apparel for the spectator – one that feels formal, yet suitably sporty for the occasion. The Ocean Biretrograde Black & White Automatic 36mm is your answer. Designed with a striking black-and-white contrast, the watch sits upon woven rubber straps – a first for Harry Winston – while the brilliant-cut diamond halo around the dial and functions reinforces the elegance for which the house is renowned. A perfect partner to your tennis whites.

Ocean Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm

A showcase of Harry Winston’s high-jewellery expertise, this new limited-edition piece marks the Ocean collection’s 25th anniversary for 2023, with only five pieces available.

Diamond Watch

Best For: Black-Tie Occasions

The season’s formal events are as much about high jewellery as they are about haute couture, as Harry Winston knows well. A fusion of the house’s legacy in both jewellery and horology, the limited-edition Ocean Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm watch dazzles with approximately 40 carats of diamonds. Every inch of the case, crown, dial and more are set with a medley of brilliant and baguette cuts, continuing seamlessly onto the link bracelet, which sparkles with 558 baguette-cut diamonds.

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