Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Announces Discontinuance of Ekati Litigation

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Announces Discontinuance of Ekati Litigation

  PR Newswire

  TORONTO, February 4, 2013

TORONTO, February 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW, NYSE: HWD) ("Harry Winston")
reports that it has been served with a formal Notice of Discontinuance of the
court action brought by C. Fipke Holdings Ltd against BHP Billiton Canada Ltd,
Harry Winston, Stuart Blusson, Archon Minerals and various associated
companies. The court action related to Harry Winston's proposed purchase of
BHP Billiton's interests in the Ekati diamond mine. Harry Winston has been
advised by BHP Billiton that all of its joint venture partners have agreed to
waive their rights of first refusal in respect of the sale by BHP Billiton to
Harry Winston pursuant to their existing purchase agreements. The
discontinuance of the action and waivers of the rights of first refusal permit
the transactions between Harry Winston and BHP Billiton to proceed, subject to
satisfaction of closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

About Harry Winston Diamond Corporation

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation is a diamond enterprise with premium assets
in the mining and retailing segments of the diamond industry. Harry Winston
supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its 40 percent ownership
interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine.  The Company's luxury brand segment is a
premier diamond jeweler and luxury timepiece retailer with salons in key
locations, including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and
Beverly Hills.

For more information, please visit http://www.harrywinston.com . or for
investor information, visit http://investor.harrywinston.com .

For further information:

Contacts:

Mr. Richard Chetwode, Vice President,  Corporate Development - +44(0)
7720970762,  rchetwode@harrywinston.com

Ms. Kelley Stamm, Manager, Investor Relations -  +1(416) 205-4380 or 
kstamm@harrywinston.com