Harry Winston set up in business in New York, in 1920. Twelve years later, he opened his first store there, laying the foundations for global fame.

Some of the world's most fabulous gemstones would pass through his hands, including the legendary Hope diamond. The Harry Winston brand made its first foray into time measurement in 2001 with the launch of the Opus, a series of exceptional timepieces which the brand develops in partnership with the most talented master watchmakers. Its offering has grown with prestigious collections including Project Z, Histoire de Tourbillon and Ocean. In 2013, the Harry Winston brand was acquired by the Swatch Group.

Key dates

Harry Winston introduces a collection of watches known as “Ultimate Timepieces.”

Harry Winston introduces the Opus Series, creating an exceptional timepiece annually in partnership with one of Switzerland’s most gifted haute horologists.

Harry Winston debuts the Project Z Series, creating the world’s first ZaliumTM timepiece.

Harry Winston opens a state of the art Manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland, the watch making capital of the world.

Harry Winston introduces Talk To Me, an elegant diamond timepiece for women.

Opus 9 is awarded the prize for Best Design Watch of the Year by the Jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva, Switzerland.


Harry Winston became a partner-brand of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie to defend the values of fine watchmaking.

Harry Winston introduces artistry in its timepieces with the launch of the Premier Feathers Collection.


In January, Swatch Group acquired the Harry Winston brand (excluding mining activities) for $1 billion. The company, which is also famed for its top-flight timepieces, was present at Baselworld in a fully renovated setting where it showed its Histoire de Tourbillon 4 and the Opus XIII, made in collaboration with Ludovic Ballouard.