Shanghai was in a New York state of mind on November 17 when Harry Winston unveiled its New York collection at the Power Station of Art.

The 32-piece high jewellery collection was inspired by the iconic city, as seen through the eyes of founder Harry Winston. It comprises eight sub-collections that pay tribute to Winston’s personal connection with some of the city’s most famous locations, including Central Park, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Grand Central Station.

Highlights of the collection include the Eagle, which was inspired by the cast-iron eagles found at the Grand Central Depot, and pays tribute to Winston’s love for railways. The pieces feature sweeping lines that mimic the regal curves of an eagle’s wings, and are topped off with yellow diamonds.

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Central Park was Winston’s escape, a place he often retreated to for inspiration. The park has been reimagined as a mosaic of gemstones – sapphires, aquamarines, diamonds and emeralds come together in a kaleidoscope of colours for the Central Park sub-collection.

For its Asian launch, the brand hosted an exhibition featuring its new jewellery collection and some of its timepieces displayed across five themed areas: The Man, Grand Central, Central Park & Brownstone, 718 & Cathedral, and Times Square & Avenue.

VIPs dined under the “stars” (an illusion achieved by projecting stars onto screens) while seated on both sides of the “Brooklyn Bridge”, which divided the area into “Upper East Side” and “Upper West Side”. The night ended on a high note with a surprise performance by celebrity guest star Sandy Lam, who sang three songs to an adoring crowd.

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