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Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

It’s probably quite a good sign when a watch appears both familiar and radical in the same glance. The overall sense I get from the Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic watch is that it slots neatly into the category of Art Deco masterpiece, but under further scrutiny, each of the elements presents an off-kilter styling that seems completely modern. Deco-inspired pieces have always benefited from the cleanliness of their parent principle. Basically, Art Deco is never as overtly passé as many other epochal styles because it seems such bold, repeating patterns make sense to our brains.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

There is quite a lot going on with the dial of the Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic watch, but before I delve into that, I want to spend a moment talking about the case material. This watch is made of zalium. Zalium is an alloy made of aluminium and zirconium. It’s lightweight, corrosion resistant, has no allergenic properties, and boasts an attractive gunmetal surface that can be finished and decorated like other more common case materials. The pin buckle on this watch is also hewn from zalium. I’m glad that Harry Winston chose to use the material all over the watch. Many times, I have seen a crazy new material employed for the case and stainless steel used for the buckle. Consistency is key, and in this case has resulted in a watch that has plenty of character.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

The dial is very busy. On the left hand side, we can see a second time zone indicator. Three narrow windows are arranged in an optically tricky formation. Behind these windows, a red bar passes between the hours, which themselves are dotted around all over the place. I quite like the idea behind this arrangement, in that there is no real need for the hour markers to sit around the edge of the dial, but in execution, it could be a bit chaotic for some.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

One arguable benefit for this obfuscating display is that the second time zone does not distract from the home time, which is displayed in the top right hand quadrant of the dial. The effort it takes me to read the second time zone is enough of a barrier for it to blend into the background when searching the dial for the home time. The hours and minutes are displayed against a partially skeletonised background. Behind the time, we can see about 30% of a date window as it makes its way to a traditional window at 6 o’clock. The hours and minutes, despite being off-centre, are very easy to decipher thanks to more standard hour markers that encircle the right-hand side of the dial, effectively splitting the display down the middle.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

At the bottom of the dial, on the right-hand side around four and five o’clock, a cool, architectural grille can be seen. It looks a bit like an old-fashioned radiator to me, but I can’t deny it sort of fits with the general mien of this watch. And it does serve a function. The “radiator” allows the day/night indicator, positioned around the traditional location of three o’clock, to play peek-a-boo with the wearer.

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Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

The Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic watch measures a very wearable 35.80mm across and a forgivable 53.80mm from lug to lug. The alligator strap is attached via a standard 22mm spring bar. The automatic calibre is numbered HW3502, and features hours and minutes, day/night indicator, date window at six o’clock, and a retrograde second time zone indicator. The dial is decorated with a shot-peened style, providing a highly legible background.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic Watch Watch Releases

However uncompromising the sharp-sided case may appear, it has allowed the presence of a straight-sided crown that protrudes at an angle from the four o’clock position. I find it’s location a tad jarring given the symmetry of the watch, but it does reduce the width on the wrist and enable a snugger fit of the watch. The crown is very nicely stamped with the “HW” logo and, in my opinion, succeeds in being a notable design feature in its own right. The price of the Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic watch is $22,200 for the zalium version. It is also available in rose gold for $38,300. harrywinston.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    Very weird! I can’t deny that I would cross the street to take a look at this on someone’s wrist, but it just comes across as trying to be weird at the expense of legibility – like a sevenfriday.

    The central aperture makes the reference hour hand redundant – I am not a fan of duplicated readings….

    • egznyc

      Ah, but here the cost of weird is more than tenfold what it would be with SevenFriday 😉

      That central aperture is odd, but might it simply reflect the fact that the reference time could be one day ahead or behind? In any event, there isn’t much point to it.

      • iamcalledryan

        If it was 24-hr that would give it some use!

  • Marius

    The case is made of Zalium. That`s perfect, the Zalium of the case would work just fine with the Valium I take on a daily basis.

    • spiceballs

      Looked up Zalium. Apparently lightweight, very hard, difficult to work and used primarily in jet engines due to its robustness. Would love a – – mmm sensible (explorer type?) reasonably-priced watch in this material. Casio, Seiko, Citizen – you listening?

    • egznyc

      Zalium is non-reactive to skin, anyway, while Valium is supposed to make the body react (relax). And who would’ve thought we’d find a rhyming word for Valium?

  • DanW94

    The dial is a jumbled mess of numbers, hour markers, cut-outs, design patterns, apertures, kitchen sinks, old hubcaps, etc….Disparate styles are okay when done right. This is too helter-skelter for me.

    • egznyc

      I’m pretty sure HW uses only new, unused hubcaps in this watch. Otherwise, I agree wholeheartedly.

      But I do rather like the idea of a retrograde hour marker in a GMT watch.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I HEREBY ORDER A BLOCK OF FURTHER COMMENTS FROM THE GREAT UNWASHED ON THIS SUBLIME WATCH!

    • Marius

      When the High Priest of Horology speaks, I listen!

      • IanE

        Yes, But Ariel has not yet given his view!

        • Marius

          Ariel? Who is Ariel? The High Priest of Horology, according to the New York Times, is none other than Clymer Benjamin.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            http://nyti.ms/1cj2CBl

            Just look at that sleepy-eyed with a raised eyebrow look of disdain! Do you fools want that aimed in your direction? You better think about the consequences! Listen to Marius!

            I may have a spot for you as Vice Official Horologist for President Trump if you’re interested, Marius. I’ll call you later from the Trump jet.

          • Marius

            I would be honored to join the Trump Team. That way, we could both post pictures of our watches on Instagram, live from the Trump jet. Imagine what the penny pinchers would think at seeing not one, but two Lange Datographs, with the smile of Donald in the background!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            The stuff of nightmares !

  • Eric Gordon

    I like the design of the watch. However (and I am repeating myself), there are 17 locations around the world that do not use even hour offsets for their local time (India, parts of Austrailia and New Zealand, Newfundland/PEI, Venezuela, NorK, and others)
    . Until “multiple time zone” watches can handle them, I just can’t take the complication seriously.

    • iamcalledryan

      Actually the emphasis should be on those countries taking time standardization seriously! We all had to loose a few minutes of solar time to get organized into the 24 zones.

      However, until they sort themselves out you always have the beautiful Glashütte
      Original Senator Cosmopolite or Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time.

      • Eric Gordon

        And the Blanpain Double Time Zone

        • iamcalledryan

          That one isn’t a proper world timer, with city wheel. But as a dual timer it’s good. If you don’t want city references, the options open up even further, there are quite a few that allow you to alter the minutes as well as the hours on the reference zone. The Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time is an awesome one using two separate movements powered by the same mainspring.

  • If Harvey Dent had a watch…

    • pkansa

      Spot-on!

  • SuperStrapper

    This place is going downhill quick with the fucking losers that have nothing else better to do than go out of their way to act like petulant children.

    • Ariel Adams

      Well I don’t think that is a fair thing to say. Passion manifests itself in various ways and people have a diverse set of opinions – some more sophisticated, educated, or articulate than others. The good things about opinions is that just as we are free to say that, we are free to ignore them. Also, because we are essentially talking about toys (albeit rather high-end toys), it is bound to bring out the child in us all.

      • SuperStrapper

        Ariel, give me a break. I’m not talking about anyone that actually discusses the subject of hand. If it were people just being themselves actually talking about watches, there would be nothing to complain about.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Strapper ! , what a terrible thing to say about folks in here ( never mind the language ! ). I’ve had a look back on some of your posts and i have to say your a little petulant yourself at times. Let people have their say and on the odd occasion the comments go off topic that’s just the natural flow of the conversation it doesn’t make anyone a fecking loser. Pointing this out and using such language does not show you in a good light my good man.

          • SuperStrapper

            We’re all petulant at times, yourself included. Maybe it wasn’t the right choice of words, but even at that we tend to get persnickety in regard to the actual subject matter. Not this blind, unadulterated jibberish designed for no other reason than to disturb constructive conversation.

        • Ariel Adams

          These comments are public and when taken out of context they can paint our community in a false light. Your comment was not related to a larger thread so when someone reads it they could easily get confused. Your points are valid and managing a community of our size is always a challenge because not everyone has the desire to speak to everyone as though they know them personally. For the most part when there are people whose comments don’t add to the larger productive conversation my policy is simply to ignore them.

    • Marius

      SupperStrapper, I confess: I am a loser. I am uneducated, have no job, no house, and no family.
      But allow me to tell you something: I`d much rather read the comments of the so-called losers than yours.

  • Wow! What a crazy looking thing. It’s so far from what I think makes for a handsome watch, I’m not sure what to say. Too avant-wierde for me. That’s a lot of work to end up with something this bizarre, you’d think someone would have spoken up to say how frightful it looks..

  • speedy

    I don’t really understant what the central aperture displaying “11” means. Is it a second indication of the second timezone?

    • iamcalledryan

      Yes, so it is superfluous.

  • BNABOD

    so two separate teams designed a watch then they met and decided to split each design in half joining forces right in the middle. the case back is actually quite nice. should have shown a pic of that instead.

  • Joel Schumann

    “It is 27 past … eh 7 or is eight? hold on, I just need to check my phone.”

    Art deco or whatever, the main design principle here seems to be to obscure the basic functionality. I could live with that if it was fun or there was a clever play between the left and right side of the face. I don’t see any.

    If they had cut the “local time” side and worked a bit on what was left (which, in this case, would be right), I think there is a pretty cool watch hidden there. Maybe Harry could hire a guy with hemianopsia to finish it. Follow me?

  • Sevenmack

    In theory, this is a great watch with intriguing design that makes it as much an art piece as it is a tool for telling time. In practice, it is unreadable with a quick glance, unintelligible in its placement of indices, illegible even when you put five minutes into reading it, and a hot mess altogether. But the case looks nice.

  • Roman Klime

    A Chaos Dial Watch.

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