Top 5 Year Of The Monkey Watches

A crucial market for haute hologerie, China is a major source of inspiration to Swiss watchmakers. Particularly when it comes to its calendar year. As the ‘Year Of The Goat’ comes to an end, and the ‘Year Of The Monkey’ begins, we take a look at the top five new pieces that celebrate the Chinese New Year, which starts on February 8th 2016. One of the twelve symbols of the Chinese zodiac calendar, the monkey is a symbol of intelligence, curiousity and knowledge. Those born on the ‘Year Of The Monkey’ are also said to be cultivated, inventive, and creative…

Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel – Year Of Monkey
1 Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel – Year Of Monkey

For the year of Monkey, Blancpain creates the limited edition Traditional Chinese Calendar timepiece, in honour of the Chinese culture. On its intriguing dial, the hours, minutes and the Gregorian calendar rub shoulders with the main indications of the Chinese calendar: traditional double-hour indication, day, month with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial stems. The amalgam of the latter with the 12 animals of the zodiac which are symbolic of the terrestrial branches follow the sixty-year cycle that is central to Chinese culture. This unique watch takes its place among the ranks of the finest horological achievements.

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Monkey
2 Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Monkey

This year Chopard has chosen to dedicate a new series of the brand’s L.U.C XP to the Chinese zodiac and voila – the stage is set for an exceptional Urushi lacquered dial., made only in a small series. Inspired by Chinese iconography of a monkey gathering eight peaches, the visually fascinating wrist-watch is Hand-crafted in Japan. Master lacquer artist, Minori Koizumi was engaged to depict this popular scene believed to bring good luck.

Ulysse Nardin Classico ‘Year of the Monkey’
3 Ulysse Nardin Classico ‘Year of the Monkey’

The newest addition to the Ulysse Nardin Classico Collection, pays tribute to the “Year of the Monkey”, the ninth animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Keeping in spirit with the monkey who is always curious, and especially clever, the Swiss watchmaker designs the dial in a comic strip-like style to best capture the mischievous creature’s character, which appears to leap through a brush of palm fronds. The unique champlevé method of enameling further brings the artist’s sketch to life.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois
4 Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois

Vacheron Constantin continues its already ongoing Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois series, where this year, on Feb 8th, the new sign of the money takes over from that of the goat. Bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, these two new creations, realised in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts. With the Hallmark of Geneva, these two latest creations, come is a limited series of twelve models each, combining the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the magnificence of the Swiss watchmaker’s artistic craftsmanship skills, thanks to master engravers and enamellers.

Harry Winston Premier Monkey Automatic 36MM
5 Harry Winston Premier Monkey Automatic 36MM

Adding to its Premier Collection, the House of Harry Winston celebrates the Chinese New Year with a new ladies wrist-watch, where a monkey in yellow gold is seen suspended from an emerald-cut diamond, against the dial backdrop made from shimmering mother-of-pearl. The dial is further enhanced with 24-karat gold accents, each set individually is hollows which are expertly crafted, and when viewed together, glisten like a spectacular constellation. Only eight pieces of The Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm, which is driven by a mechanical automatic movement, are available worldwide.

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