(2000) F.P. JOURNE/HARRY WIN­STON OPUS 1

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Journe has achieved so many firsts, it is hard to know where to start. Above and be­yond his stel­lar tal­ent and a gag­gle of watches com­bin­ing old and new el­e­ments that no one else could ever have con­ceived, he is also the prime ex­am­ple of an in­de­pen­dent who has made it, mean­ing the qual­ity of his busi­ness acu­men at least equals the qual­ity of his horo­log­i­cal skills. In 2000, Harry Win­ston Rare Time­pieces un­der the di­rec­tion of Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser brought out the first col­lab­o­ra­tive wrist­watch of the Opus se­ries. This was ground­break­ing in many re­spects: a big brand makes its horo­log­i­cal ‘help’ trans­par­ent; a big brand helps a tal­ented in­de­pen­dent watch­maker’s own busi­ness by openly col­lab­o­rat­ing; a big brand de­cides to cull the in­ti­mate world of col­lec­tors. The Opus watches, whose an­nual launches are a highly an­tic­i­pated event, re­main as cut­ting-edge as they are rare. And Journe just gets bet­ter with age, dis­play­ing his love of tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing with ev­ery clas­sic, com­pli­cated or sim­ple, that he cre­ates.

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