The son of a Ukrainian jeweller who had emigrated to the US in the early twentieth century, Harry Winston always had a knack for recognising rare gemstones and precious pieces. He began working in his father’s small shop as a child, thus an understanding of quality and strong design became one of his innate abilities. Indeed, when Harry was just 12 years old — a famed story goes — he spotted a two-carat emerald in a local pawn shop, and after purchasing it for just 25 cents, went on to sell it for $800 within a couple of days.
In 1926, Harry made one of his most intelligent business moves, which would lead directly to the founding of his continuing empire. He purchased one of the most prestigious jewellery collections in the world following the death of Arabella Huntington who was once known as the richest woman in America. Arabella’s collection, which was largely made up of pieces from such Parisian jewellers as Cartier, enabled Harry to work with top quality materials, which he then redesigned to give them a more contemporary look. This allowed him to demonstrate his master crafting skills and his keen eye for designs that women of the time aspired to own.
By 1932, Harry had opened his first store in New York City and within a decade he was the preferred jeweller of Hollywood celebrities, American VIPs and international royals. In fact, in 1943, Harry Winston began the trend of loaning out diamonds for actresses to wear to the Academy Awards when he dressed Best Actress nominee Jennifer Jones in his signature precious gems. This savvy businessman continued with the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the celebrated Hope diamond, as well as the Jonker, Lesotho and Winston Legacy diamonds. It’s no wonder that Harry eventually earned the nickname “the King of Diamonds”.
The House’s unwavering commitment to exceptional materials with unique designs, lead to the establishment of Harry Winston Timepieces in 1989. The creation of fine watch pieces with a Swiss Made calibre was a natural move to complement Harry Winston’s pre-eminence at designing high-end jewellery collections.
Operating more than 40 salons worldwide, Harry Winston, Inc. — now part of the Swatch Group’s portfolio of unparalleled fine watches and jewellery manufacturers — still maintains, nearly 90 years later, its commitment to creativity, rarity and quality that transcends time and generations.
Harry Winston’s first-ever watch collection, the Premier Collection, debuted in 1989. The line is recognised today as a company signature and Haute Horology aficionados will immediately recognise watches in the collection thanks to its encompassing three arches on the case — a tribute to the facade of the flagship Harry Winston Salon that sits on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. A series that was founded upon the brand’s pioneering ethos, with its eye-catching designs and quality movements, the Premier Collection continues Harry Winston’s dedication to boldness and excellence.
The Harry Winston Premier Excenter Timezone watch in 18K rose gold is a piece that exudes luxury while maintaining classic forms and lines. Previously owned yet excellently maintained, this watch — Xupes reference W5659 — is a prime example of a bold men’s watch that’s sure to endure thanks to its elegant design and utilitarian indications.
Sized at a modest 41mm, the 18K rose gold case is beautifully juxtaposed to the black baton dial, which boasts off-centre hour and minute hands with a day/night indicator, as well as a retrograde second time zone (controlled by a second crown at 10 o’clock), and a large date window just left of the 6 o’clock mark. Its unsymmetrical yet bold and clean indicators ensure clarity and legibility, plus the rich blue in the right hand day/night indicator adds a welcomed pop of contrasting colour to elevate the entire look of the watch face.
In keeping with the Premier Collection’s signature arches, the Excenter Timezone has modernised this feature by squaring off the angles and fully integrating them with the watch’s lugs, giving it a sleek overall appearance that sits snugly on the wrist. All in rose gold, this complements the large guard-less crown at 3 o’clock.
Powered by the automatic Calibre HW1013, which can be appreciated via the sapphire crystal case back, this self-winding movement runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 45 hours. The case back’s periphery also bears the watchmakers name “HARRY WINSTON”, as well as the proud Swiss Made mark to assure its provenance.
Paired with a luxurious brown leather strap featuring a rose gold deployment clasp, this band is adjustable up to 20 cm to ensure ultimate comfort for its wearer. Accompanying this pre-owned Harry Winston watch is also its original box, papers, and guarantee. Plus, a second hand timepiece, this watch has been fully inspected in house by Xupes’ experts and is covered by the balance of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Priced on the higher end of the spectrum, this pre-loved watch is for the collector who’s prepared to make an investment for him or herself and for the future of the family and is this sure to be a legacy piece that will be passed on from generation to generation. Its exquisite materials and classic design, not to mention the Harry Winston name, ensures its relevance and ever-enduring prestige.
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