The Harry Winston Opus Eleven creates an engineering puzzle that resolves itself on the hour. It got main cylinders which disintegrate and re-assemble every hour to tell you the time.
An extremely complex case stages the show. The three overlapping cylinders on three levels are configured to deconstruct time. The main circle is the hour’s domain, flanked by two pavilions. One shows the minutes on a jumping disk for the tens and a running disk for the units. The other, slightly lower, displays the regular beat of a big titanium balance-wheel.
Anarchy takes hold of the hours indication beneath the sapphire-crystal dome every 60 minutes. The numeral of the hour, assembled in the center of the circle, explodes into chaos before instantly reassembling as the new hour. It then remains still until the next disintegration. Instead of a hand, 24 placards revolve and rotate on a complicated system of gears mounted on an epicycloidal gear-train.
It won’t be easy to get a hold of one though, as there are only 111 of them being made at $250,000 each. Below is a YouTube video with the creator of Opus Eleven Denis Giguet.