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Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

You know a watch is downright attractive when non-watch lovers comment on how nice it is. There are quite a few examples of clean, classic aesthetics that speak a universal language. With the release of the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic watch, the innovative Swiss brand is spreading its message through the dialect of design. To me, the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic is one of those watches, just like the Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, and the Nomos Lambda, that would look just as comfortable on a gallery wall as it would on the wrist.

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I’m often guilty of overlooking Harry Winston’s non-Opus output, but have a firm respect for the brand’s direction in light of their acquisition by the Swatch Group. Continuing with the Opus series was a great move by one of the industry’s giants, as it perpetuates the sense that this brand means business. In the case of the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic watch, the looks may well get your attention, but the technical execution of the piece is likely to keep it.

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic is powered by the HW3203 movement. It is an in-house, self-winding calibre with an operating speed of 28,800vph. The movement’s main complication is a moon phase indicator located in the lower right quadrant of the dial. Above this, a silvered sub-dial displays the hours and minutes. The face also indicates the date by way of a second sub-dial, larger than that of the time itself. A long, thin, pointer-style hand circles a chapter ring bearing the days of the month. This multi-dial overlay arrangement will probably divide opinions, and I keep imagining their presence as being arranged by a compass.

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Giving the date so much space is a nice touch from an aesthetic and philosophical perspective. By placing the visual emphasis on the days, rather than the hours and minutes, the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic watch suggests time is not of paramount importance. It’s a relaxed way to look at life. The absence of a seconds hand renders the dial relatively static. With a minute hand that sweeps instead of ticking, the dial appears to move through its functions languidly. Given that the date hand will jump just once a day (at or around midnight), it’s very likely you’ll never see any great activity on display.

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Between nine and eleven o’clock, the Harry Winston wordmark arcs. Punctuating the brand name is a 0.03ct brilliant cut diamond set just before the traditional position of 12 o’clock. Personally, this is the one thing I didn’t like about this watch. That may just be a matter of preference and isn’t really a knock on the watch as a whole.

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Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 42mm, the rose gold case is hardly too big to be worn by a woman, but the styling suggests a more male focus to me (the intention is for the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic watch to be unisex). I think this might have something to do with the relative thickness of the bezel and the bulk around the crown created by the familiar “three bar” design. For that reason, the diamond seems a little unnecessary and possibly even contradictory to me. In a sense, its glittery nature could be intended to evoke thoughts of starlight, which marries well with the moon phase complication, but that’s probably just me reaching for a reason to feel totally comfortable with it.

Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Harry Winston logo in rose gold is applied at the 12 o’clock position of the hours and minutes sub-dial. This appears to be a very nicely executed application and fits nicely with the simple colour palette of this timepiece. The Harry Winston Midnight Date Moon Phase Automatic watch is water resistant to 30 metres and comes on a crocodile strap with ardillon buckle. The rose gold version pictured here has a price of $28,400. The watch is also available in white gold for a $29,500 price. harrywinston.com

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  • Eran R

    Non-watch lovers might comment on how nice it looks, but I’m pretty sure most Watch Lovers would prefer the G.O. PanoMaticLunar recently reviewed here, any day. The H.W. design is actually very feminine in its use of colors and textures, so the decision to make it Unisex by sizing it up makes little sense to me. Other than that – it’s no doubt a pretty piece of jewelry in its own right.

    • SuperStrapper

      Preferring one watch over another doesn’t man one of them need to be defamed. I’m as much a wach lover as anyone else, and this piece is beautiful.

      • Eran R

        No defamation whatsoever despite my clear preference. I did say it’s pretty. Calling it “feminine” sure isn’t defaming it! One might even argue to the contrary.

  • If they really wanted to sell this as a unisex watch, they might have trimmed the case size a few mm. Especially since the movement does not appear to fill the case (I’m guessing the movement is no more than 30 mm diameter and perhaps even less). Agree that the diamond is not needed. But if they feel the really need it, maybe they should have paired it with a second one before “Harry Winston”.

    I like the watch a lot and agree it is nice looking even if the asymmetry does not have a Lange 1 logic to it. I could do with a textured/realistic moon and then maybe less, or no, relief on the sky. And do they really need to say “Automatic” on the sub-dial?

    I don’t expect a HW watch to be cheap and I think it’s rich looking from the front, but the movement somehow does not say “$28K” to me. Or maybe pricing is a function of the case material (as Game of Thrones would say) paying the gold price, not the iron price.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I have a feeling that by making it too unisex they actually managed to create a piece that will not attract too many customers from either sex. Would be interesting to see a meteorite dial version – it did wonders to the JLC master calendar, I believe similar magic is needed here to make this watch more sexy.

  • DanW94

    Classy looking watch, but like others have mentioned, it’s caught in gender no man’s land. A bit feminine looking for a man, a bit to big for a woman. Pick a side, any side….

    • iamcalledryan

      No confusion here – I would wear it with pleasure and my arm hair would settle the debate.

      • DanW94

        You could further seal the deal with a flannel cuff and a hand tattoo : )

      • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

        Just go for a Time Pyramid and you can show off even more of it to prove your point 😉

        • Love the A&S Time Pyramid (but less so the one with the solid back – gotta see the arm hair, ha ha).

  • Shinytoys

    Another fine watch from the Winston group.!

  • iamcalledryan

    Really nice Moon, Harry.

  • funNactive

    The dial is a little off for my taste. I like the design of the moon phase.

  • Marius

    To me, it looks like an overpriced, bad copy of a Lange 1. The only Harry Winston watches I would buy are the Opus models, the rest are just train wrecks.

    Also, I would like to ask ABTW if this movement is really in house. Judging from the pictures, the architecture and layout of the movement seem very similar to the F. Piguet caliber 1150. From what I can tell, it’s basically an F. Piguet 1150 movement with a personalized rotor, so HW should not call it in house, it’s quite simply a lie.

    • Not to get into what makes a base movement an in-house movement for the moment. But I don’t know that any ole F. Piguet 1150 movement supports the features of this this watch (offset date and moonphase). So there appears to a fair amount of modification at the least here. Cheers.

  • Sevenmack

    That is pretty. Prefer it in white gold instead of yellow. Love the slight sunburst of that dial and the alignment of the date and time dials. And I don’t care about its slightly feminine looks; I am all man and can wear it, hairy arms and all.