The master craftsmen at Harry Winston definitely know how to wow their audience. They’ve done it again with their fabulously creative Broadway Glasses. The diamond, onyx and emerald encrusted creation is a tribute to the opera glasses that allow opera attendees to view the stage from a distance. However Harry Winston’s opera glasses also tell time thanks to a concealed watch face.
The artistic object’s design is a tribute to the Art Deco era and is intended to transport you to the famous Broadway theater in the 1930s New York. With their long handle that references the classic lorgnette (a predecessor of opera glasses) and their modern binocular lenses, the glasses are both beautiful and functional. The glasses have a body of gold and titanium which almost entirely covered in diamonds and black onyx. The central structure features a bold, geometric design which recalls the Art Deco spirit. Two layers of 80 baguette-cut diamonds frame six rows of 240 brilliant-cut diamonds.
But there’s more to these glasses than meets the eye. On the bridge of the binoculars is an octagonal watch whose shape was inspired by the emerald cut given to diamonds. This watch is fully set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds and is bordered by a black onyx frame with emeralds in each corner. The press of a small button allows the watch case to “pop up” so that the time can be set from the inside.
Even the lorgnette style handle has been given careful attention. The telescopic handle is made of 18-karat white gold and features a tapered octagonal. It has been decorated with onyx marquetry and a combination of 30 brilliant-cut and 14 baguette cut diamonds.
This flawless objet d’art is truly made for a connoisseur who can appreciate not only the amount of work that’s gone into it but also the creativity of the Broadway Glasses. We hope that whoever gets them, gives them a night out at the Opera.