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Celestial Complication

By Samson Crouhy

08.30.17

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Harry Winston captures the timeless fascination of the moon, unveiling timepieces that grace the celestial object with a stunning stage.
Harry Winston - Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 36mm
Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 36mm
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The Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 36mm honors the Earth’s nightly companion with a design of joyful luxury. Housed in a 36mm case in 18-karat rose gold, the self-winding ladies’ timepiece begins its celestial tale with a radiant backdrop in white mother-of-pearl that evokes the dreamy enchantment of pearlescent white clouds. A subdial at 1 o’clock brings scintillating contrast to the composition as an 18-karat rose-gold border, set with 43 brilliant-cut diamonds, frames its indication of the hours and minutes. At 7 o’clock, gently intersecting the principal time ring, the timepiece’s hand-guided date counter gestures at both numerals and dots, achieving a striking balance of luxury and legibility. At 4 o’clock, the wristwatch makes its most exquisite declaration. Breaking through the lustrous clouds by way of a crescent-shaped aperture, the HW3205 caliber’s picturesque complication depicts the moon’s cycle as it orbits the Earth over the course of 29.5 days. From full to new moon, the 18-karat rose-gold-plated satellite glows irresistibly in a galvanized blue midnight sky, bringing vibrant contrast to the rest of the dial. The Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 36mm illuminates its exhibition with a sparkling setting of 83 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs, including three larger stones at 3 o’clock—a sly visual reference to the arched doorway of Harry Winston’s flagship New York boutique.

 

Harry Winston - Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm
Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm
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A demonstration of interweaving layers and subtle multi-dimensionality, the Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm transforms the moon’s cycle into a sophisticated affair. A 42mm case in 18-karat white or rose gold, with or without a gleaming row of brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, elegantly frames Harry Winston’s distinctive interpretation of horological geometry. Driven by the 279-component HW3203 caliber oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vph and endowed with a flat silicon balance spring, the timepiece finds an effortless harmony of shapes and elements as three circular subsections weave into one another. At 7 o’clock on the silver-toned sunburst dial, a slender gold stem indicates the date against a gently recessed numbered ring. The latter then intersects an hours-and-minutes subdial framed by a thin gold border at 1 o’clock. At 4 o’clock, the recessed scale turns into an overlapping layer, seamlessly merging with an aperture depicting the moon amidst a textured sky in intense midnight blue. On the caseback, the wearer is treated to a captivating view of the timepiece’s caliber, including its delicate Côtes-de-Genève decoration and 18-karat-gold openworked oscillating weight.

 

Harry Winston - Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm
Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm