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8 4 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I The magic of the watch is in the four discs that are stored in the watch and can be individually selected via the side pusher. Each disc is collected by a mechanical arm, just like a jukebox selects a 45" single, and placed on the display platter at 2 o’clock, thus showing the local time, GMT, the date or a star featuring Harry Winston’s autograph – a playful nod to the stars seen on the HollywoodWalk of Fame. The Opus 14 was created by two renowned independent watch creators Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny, who approached Harry Winston with the idea after they had spent considerable time working on the feasibility of the watch. The final development of the watch benefitted from the immense expertise and facilities available at Swatch. The movement is based on the Blancpain Calibre 1330, with two barrels to deliver enough energy to the jukebox; Blancpain’s testing facilities were also used to test the endurance of the watch. The playful masterpiece has its title ‘14’ emblazoned on the top of the watch in the style of a highway sign such as Route 66, and a mark of its immediate impact was seen in the fact that one Chinese customer bought one as soon as was humanly possible at the launch. The Opus 14 has a staggering total of 1,066 components and unsurprisingly it comes in a bumper case of 18-carat white gold that measures in at 54.7mm by 21.9mm. It retails for CHF428,000 or $434,600 and is limited to 50 pieces.