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Best Of The Best 2006: Harry Winston Excenter Biretro

James D. Malcolmson

When Harry Winston chairman Ronald Winston formed a separate watch division in Switzerland 15 years ago, he did so with the ambition of creating watches that are as rare as the company’s jewels. This year Harry Winston Rare Timepieces produced a women’s watch that fulfills the mission. Certainly the brand previously has released spectacular ladies’ diamond timepieces, including the Avenue C, as well as impressively complicated watches for men. But now the company has merged the two disciplines in the $40,800 Excenter Biretro.

Max Busser, the recently departed director of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces who supervised the watch’s development, equipped it with retrograde displays that he adapted from the men’s Excenter. Snapping back and forth on the mother-of-pearl dial, they enhance the watch’s visual appeal with their constant motion. Jean-Marc Widderecht, a specialist in these mechanisms, built a retrograde module that works with a high-quality and reliable Girard-Perregaux automatic base movement. Naturally, because this is a Harry Winston watch, a liberal dose of diamonds adorns the retrograde displays and the case.

Harry Winston Rare Timepieces
800.988.4110
www.harrywinston.com

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