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Seven Watches To Celebrate The Year of the Monkey

With the Lunar New Year just days away, we pick watches created to usher in the zodiac animal of 2016.

Harry Winston 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 12 o’clock. An additional 74 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 2.47ct are festooned on its bezel, lugs and buckle. Available in eight exclusive pieces only.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois Year of the Monkey

Like the brand’s Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois editions from previous years, the watch showcases a grand feu enamel dial etched with the zodiac animal of the year. 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.

Ulysse Nardin Classico “Year of the Monkey”

Offering a fun take on the zodiac animal for 2016, this ticker 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.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm Year of the Monkey

With the help of renowned master enameller Anita Porchet, the Swiss watchmaker has unveiled an addition to its Altiplano “Art & Excellence” collection 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.

Chopard LUC XP Urushi “Year of the Monkey”

Handcrafted in Japan by master lacquer artist Minori Koizumi, this 18k rose gold timepiece showcases the exquisite technique of maki-e lacquering through its depiction of a monkey gathering peaches on the dial — a popular scene in Chinese iconography that is often associated with good luck. Equipped with the ultra-thin LUC Calibre 96.17-L, the watch measures a slender 6.8mm.

Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm

To honour Chinese astrological tradition, the Florentine watchmaker has created 99 pieces of this timepiece, which features a monkey on its dial cover. Here, the animal is engraved onto the stainless steel cover using a sparsello before multiple layers of gold threads are inlaid between the grooves to embellish the image. Concealed behind the dial cover is a small mirror and the manufacture’s signature minimalist dial with a small seconds counter and date window.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey

Drawing inspiration from the legend of Sun Wukong (also known as the Monkey King), which features prominently in Chinese literature, this 28-piece-only 18k red gold watch from the Swiss manufacture showcases the primate perched on the branches of a peach tree. A black lacquer dial forms the backdrop for this work of horological art while mother-of-pearl inserts are used to create the image of the tree. A monkey sculpted in gold completes the look. This timepiece also comes in white gold with diamond accents.