6 luxury watch brands inaugurate CNY with Year of the Ox watches
No offense to the rodent owl in real life, but the year of the rat has been rough, to say the least. However, hoping for a better future is inherently human, and the qualities of the Ox – the animal celebrated on the upcoming Lunar New Year – seem to promise good times. It denotes hard work, positivity, and honesty, and with the element for 2021, metal, those qualities would be even stronger. The ox has been depicted in religion, art, literature, and popular culture across East Asia for centuries, a motif now beautifully expressed in a series of fine watchmaking. A fitting indulgence to celebrate having survived a tough year as we welcome a new one, we say.
Master enameller Anita Porchet puts her know-how at the service of the cloisonnÃ© grand feu dial of PiagetThe ultra-thin Altiplano watch from, which features an ox in full motion. Each dial is then fired several times in an oven before being varnished, sealing the image of strength and resilience.
Forged in platinum, BlancpainThe 50-Piece Limited Edition Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch combines Eastern and Western timekeeping traditions – the grand feu enamel dial of this exceptional timepiece reveals Chinese calendar indications with those of the Gregorian calendar and moon phases, with an elegant beef in mid-character at 12 o’clock.
Jaquet DrozThe Petite Heure Minute collection provides ample canvas for micro-painting and for the Lunar New Year, features a gently serene pastoral scene featuring oxen and mist-covered mountains. Choose between a 35mm version set with diamonds and a larger 41mm model with a polished finish.
Harry winston Celebrates the Year of the Ox with a captivating rose gold timepiece from its Premier collection. Sporting the powerful silhouette of an ox dominating a landscape of bright red mother-of-pearl, the dial sparkles with the brilliance of Harry Winston diamonds set in a 36mm case.
An ox replaces the rat in Vacheron ConstantinMÃ©tiers d’Art Collection The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac this year. Two new creations in platinum and rose gold combine the technical excellence of caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of hand-engraving and grand feu enamelling.
Breguet pays homage to the festivities ahead with two very different watches that celebrate this beloved animal in a way that showcases its exceptional engraving craftsmanship. Within the oval diamond-set case of the Reine de Naples Ref 8955, an ox is carved into a seashell dial while the Classique Ref 7145 (pictured) presents a more ferocious pair of these creatures in a more masculine setting.
This article first appeared on February 1, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.