Sunday, March 29, 2015

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic

With its powerful design, unique indications, and bold sophistication, the new Avenue Dual Time embodies Harry Winston’s unsurpassable approach to watchmaking. This perfectly masculine timepiece, with its geometric lines, sizeable proportions, and wearable quality, does not follow traditional design principles. It features an off-center dial for local time and a retrograde indication for a second time zone, exemplifying the spirit of Harry Winston’s complicated watchmaking.

The Avenue Dual Time is decisively masculine in design and an absolute embodiment of Harry Winston’s signature style. Though in an entirely new case, it incorporates the basic design principles of the House’s Avenue Collection — rectangular shapes and a central arch that embraces the hand-sewn alligator strap. Its powerful design creates an intensely focused look.

The size of this timepiece, 53.80 mm long and 35.80 mm wide, is only one of the many qualities that contribute to its grand presence. Its powerful styling is ever present: in the clear lines that define the dial, in the facetted lugs, and in the diamond-chamfered lines of the case. The timepiece allows for comfortable wear, as the slope of the lugs and the curved caseback are designed to accommodate the contours of the wrist. The Avenue Dual Time also features a distinctive crown. This well-designed addition, unlike traditional versions, is set at an angle, offering further proof that Harry Winston’s watchmaking sets new standards and invents new horological concepts.
This timepiece embodies the House’s unique style with its use of Zalium™, an ultra-light alloy developed by and exclusive to Harry Winston. It not only allows for comfortable wear but also defends against scratches and tarnishing. For the first time, Harry Winston also uses Sedna™ gold, giving the timepiece a warmer colour and finer finish. This unique 18K gold alloy has a high proportion of palladium instead of the silver usual in rose gold alloys. It gives Sedna™ gold a unique and unchanging lasting luster and deep richness color.

The dial of the Avenue Dual Time has its own distinctive character, revealed through twin indications. The indications are split into two zones on two floors, with two levels of display, two types of indication and two styles of finish. The main time zone is offset on the right and has two hands under smoked sapphire crystal. This dial is closest to the movement and is set with hour markers that are perfectly visible. On the left, a second dial, closer to the crystal, reveals local time. The careful arrangement of vertical openings gives the Avenue Dual Time a unique personality. The local time zone’s hands successively cross these windows, vanishing from one to reappear in the next.

The unique off-centre dual time indicators are driven by a movement, superlative in quality and true to the Harry Winston standard. The caliber HW3502 epitomizes the two core principles of Harry Winston’s watchmaking: the off-center indications and the retrograde display, both key components of this timepiece and its movement. To simplify, the crown controls all functions.

Perfect for the world traveller, the main time zone on this timepiece also has a day/night indicator. The second time zone works in a different way. Pulling on the crown removes the red hand from sight. The time is set using a small disc located in the opening at the center of the dial. Pushing in the crown, the hand returns to its position. This sequence is essential to the proper functioning of the retrograde system that displays the local time. The hand moves gradually from 0 to 12 o'clock, before instantly returning to 0 to start over.

Technical details
Model: Avenue Dual Time Automatic

Movement
Caliber HW3502
Mechanical, automatic
Diameter: 32 mm
Height: 5.2 mm
Number of parts: 281
Jewels: 32
Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Balance spring: Flat silicon spring
Finishes: Rotor in 18K white gold, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, chamfered bridges

Functions
Excentered hours and minutes, day/night indicator, dates
Retrograde hours in second time zone

Case
Zalium™
Length, width: 53.8 mm x 35.8 mm
Height: 10.7 mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dials
Main dial in smoked sapphire crystal, transferred indexes, Harry Winston appliqué emeralds and matching opening
Upper dial, plated black and shot-peened with applied markers in 18K white gold

Band
Matt black alligator leather strap
Clasp: Zalium™ ardillon buckle

Options
Sedna™ gold
- Main dial in white smoked sapphire crystal, transferred indexes, Harry Winston appliqué emeralds and matching opening.
- Silvered and shot-peened upper dial, with 18K pink gold applied markers
- Matt brown alligator strap
- Sedna™ gold ardillon buckle

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