Watch brands unveil feline-themed timepieces
2022 is the Year of the Tiger. To embrace that, here are three beautiful, exclusive feline-themed watches for you to check out.
Launch into 2022 with these resplendent Year of the Tiger watches strapped to your wrist. Emblematic of the Year of the Tiger, timepieces featuring the furry creature that embodies vigor and grace are now making waves as “it” watches. Their instant popularity is not hard to grasp, given that the Year of the Tiger only happens once every twelve years.
One of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, the tiger signifies good fortune. Those born in the Year of the Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022) are said to be confident, indomitable, shrewd, and charming. If that’s you, these fearless watches just might be the perfect accessory in 2022.
Luxury watch brands selling feline-themed watches:
Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar
Made in platinum and produced in 50 individually numbered pieces, the traditional Chinese calendar is a one-of-a-kind timepiece thanks to a grand feu dial harmonizing the Chinese and Gregorian calendars. In addition to the usual hours, minutes and seconds, the immaculate dial highlights the traditional double hours, days, months with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial rods – making the Blancpain creation a unique watchmaking proposition.
In addition, the transparent case back not only displays the beautiful 3638 self-winding movement, but also an engraving of the tiger on the rotor. It is a resolutely modern timepiece rooted in tradition.
Chopard LUC XP Urushi Year of the Tiger
Chopard’s interpretation of the thematic watch is produced in auspicious numbers – 88 pieces all fashioned from ethical 18k rose gold. A marriage of East and West, the LUC XP Urushi Year of the Tiger is the prerogative of the famous Urushi lacquering technique from Japan and the marvelous watchmaking expertise of Chopard Manufacture located in Switzerland. Each feline dial is crafted by master lacquerer Minori Koizumi of the century-old house Yamada Heiando, who devoted no less than 160 hours to complete this arduous task.
The Maki-e technique he uses combines gold dust and lacquer obtained from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree with poetic effects. At the heart of the watch is an in-house LUC 96.17-L movement. At just 3.3mm thick, the self-winding movement offers a remarkable 65 hours of power reserve.
Ulysse Nardin The Classico “Tiger”
A fusion of two enamelling techniques, the Classico “Tiger” is an exceptional display of champlevé and paillonné enamelling. For the uninitiated, champlevé is a decorative technique where recesses are created in the surface and then filled with vivid vitreous substances, while paillonné consists of tiny ornaments cut from gold or silver leaf and covered with a layer of translucent enamel.
Due to the fragility of enamel, making an enamel dial is often costly and time-consuming. Therefore, this timepiece is an unequivocal showcase of artistry and commitment. Produced in 88 pieces, this breathtaking rose gold watch houses a UN-815 self-winding movement offering 42 hours of power reserve.
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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.