In conjunction with the Lunar New Year, the serious job of watchmaking took a lighter approach with watchmakers presenting pieces that pay tribute to the mischievous monkey that makes it entrance this year. Prestige showcases a few that were created especially for the occasion.
Pretty in Pink
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Harry Winston has launched the eight-piece-only Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm. Set against a pink mother-of-pearl dial accented with 24k gold flecks — each individually set within carved hollows — is a monkey forged in 18k gold with appliqué and marquise-cut openwork techniques. A single diamond serves as the creature’s eye, while its tail winds around a second emerald-cut diamond at the 12 o’clock position. An additional 74 brilliant cut diamonds weighing 2.47ct are festooned on its bezel, lugs and buckle.
Dial It Up
Vacheron Constantin has added a new timepiece to its Métiers d’Art La légende du zodiaque chinois series to commemorate the new year. Like previous editions, the Year of the Monkey watch showcases a grand feu enamel dial etched with the zodiac animal. Fitted with the calibre 2460 G4, the horologe indicates time by way of four apertures on the dial which display the hours, minutes, day and date. Available in platinum and 18k pink gold versions, each is limited to 12 units.
Since 2012, Piaget has introduced mechanical timepieces decorated with the Chinese zodiac animal to its Altiplano “Art & Excellence” collection. This year, with the help of renowned master enameller Anita Porchet, the Swiss watchmaker has unveiled the 2016 edition featuring a monkey. Created with grand feu cloisonné enamelling, the primate is depicted holding up a peach — a symbol of immortality — against a soft grey background. Further enhancing the 18k white gold piece are 78 brilliant-cut diamonds set on its case. It is limited to 38 pieces only.
Offering a fun take on the zodiac animal for 2016, the Classico “Year of the Monkey” from Ulysse Nardin presents the lively creature leaping through a cluster of palm fronds in the centre of the 18k rose gold piece’s dial. Forged using the champlevé method of enamelling, the monkey is designed as if it were a sketch from a comic strip. The self-winding mechanical watch is limited to 88 pieces only.