Much like the Christmas and Holiday Season itself, complicated watches have a mystique that is difficult to describe, but undeniably powerful. The superb Harry Winston Excenter Perpetual Calendar certainly falls within this category: its masterful mechanics, luxurious craftsmanship and sleek, exotically beautiful style all provoke serious attraction.
Harry Winston often approaches the classical watchmaking complications with a distinctively fresh design concept. Rather than an uber-classical perpetual calendar layout (exemplified by the Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 watch) the Excenter Perpetual calendar chooses to disperse the calendar functions over the beautiful anthracite dial, implementing dual retrograde indicators to show the date and the month; piggybacking upon the latter is the quirky but attractive rotating leap year indicator. These tricky retrograde solutions for the calendar displays – effectively a complication within a complication – are given added visual allure by the off-centered time display with its adjacent star-studded moon phase indicator.
The implementation of an additional hand for a second time zone (adjustable via the crown at 2 o’clock) is a great – and very practical – feature you don’t often see on perpetual calendar watches. It’s also one of the numerous details that places this brilliant Harry Winston Excenter model among the finest perpetual calendar timepieces currently available.