The American jeweler and luxury watchmaker has recently updated its Avenue collection with the new Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD) high-jewelry ladies watch. Although the American company is capable of producing the most complicated mechanical watches (and the gorgeous Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No. 2 Limited Edition that was presented in January at SIHH 2011 industry fair is a living proof of that,) when it comes to jewelry timepieces, HW doesn’t shrink from equipping them with the simplest (but still bearing the proud “Swiss Made” inscription on them) quartz movements.
There is nothing wrong with this approach: in ninety nine occurrences out of one hundred, a high-jewelry watch is bought for it is: primarily as a jewelry item, not a complicated time measuring device.
And, as a highly expensive trinket, the new Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD) does its job well.
The watch is not an ordinary member of the Avenue collection, which mostly comprises rectangular watches with their cases crafted from precious metals and adorned with precious stones, but is a real crown jewel that makes the other pieces of the range fade in its dazzling radiance.
According to official specs, the timepiece is presented in a massive 18-carat rose gold case almost 48 millimeters long and about 35 millimeters white. Almost every square millimeter of its surface is set with 53 diamonds (40 of them baguette-cut and the rest are brilliant-cut) totaling 7.8 carats.
The parts of the body that are somehow visible to a stunned admirer are mirror polished in order to make the Art Deco-styled timepiece look even more imposing.
The white gold dial of the watch, as well as the bracelet, which is, too, made of the same precious metal, are, too, set with as many as 416 baguette-cut diamonds tipping the scale at 27 carats!
Of course, the polished white gold hour and minute hands do not look particularly contrast on the glittering background of the dial. However, when it comes to this kind of jewelry, it feels somehow inappropriate to talk about legibility and all that.
There is still no information regarding the timekeeper’s price, but I have an intuition that the Avenue C Large will cost like a wholly-loaded new Mercedes-Benz S-Class armored sedan.*
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
See also: Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie Ladies Watch (ref. 99498B53P7B1-KK7A)
* UPDATE ON PRICE: Well, it looks like the watch will actually cost like a fully-loaded Rolls-Royce Phantom: the jewelry maker plans to sell the ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD at an outrageously high price of approximately $780,000 depending on your local taxes.
Photos: Harry Winston
Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD) quartz ladies watch specification
Price: $780,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case material: 18-carat white gold, set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds and 13 brilliant-cut diamonds (7.8 carats)
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 47.60 mm x 34.80 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: 18-carat white gold sunray dial set with 156 baguette-cut diamonds (7.5 carats)
Hour markers: None
Hands: White gold, polished
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: 18-carat white gold set with 260 baguette-cut diamonds (19.5 carats) with 18-carat white gold folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid