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Timepieces Up with the rooster

The rooster announces the break of dawn – and the hour. Little wonder then that the world’s greatest timepiece manufacturers jumped at the chance to produce models dedicated to this year’s Chinese zodiac sign. A symbol of precision and trust, both qualities associated with watches, it’s also – let’s admit it – an entry point into the huge Asian market. Fancy a pen with a fine plumage? Look no further…

 

Chopard : Flight time

With its bronze-tinted, blue and tawny feathers, finely sculpted down to the tiniest fold and feather, this watchmaker’s art is never more impressive than when inspired by nature, as seen here to magical effect. The dial of the L.U.C XP Urushi – Year of the Rooster watch by Chopard features a majestic and refined rooster that heralds the New Year in breath-taking style. This ultra-thin model, as refined as it is poetic, is decorated with a lacquer rooster, reflecting the time-honored techniques of Urushi.

1, place Vendôme, 1st.
Tel. : 01 55 35 20 10. www.chopard.com

 

Harry Winston : Precious rooster

Made in 18-karat rose gold with a dial decorated in Grand Feu enamel, Premier Rooster Automatic 36mm from Harry Winston blends realism with a hint of impressionism to offer a new vision of the rooster, a symbol of self-confidence, loyalty and courage. Painted directly on to the gold base of the dial by an artist using a microscope and an ultra-fine brush, the rooster is set amid a cluster of diamonds. This beautiful timepiece is available in a limited edition of eight, a lucky number in China.

29, avenue Montaigne, 8th.
www.harrywinston.com

 

Piaget : Full zodiac

Since 2012, Piaget has drawn inspiration from the signs of the Chinese zodiac, which it transforms, reinvents and depicts on its ultra-slim Altiplano watches with Grand Feu enamel dials. In 2017, Piaget added the rooster to this coveted collection, once again demonstrating its flair for detail and color. Available in a limited edition of 38, it is set with 78 diamonds. This year, the watchmaker has paid double homage to the Chinese spring festival by creating a very rare timepiece: the Polo Tourbillon Relatif 44 mm, a unique model in white gold featuring every sign of the Asian zodiac with hand-engraved motifs and Grand Feu champlevé enameling.

16, place Vendôme, 1st.
7, rue de la Paix, 2nd.
www.piaget.com

 

Ulysse Nardin : Rare technical feats

Energetic and masterful, the rooster rules the roost with self-assurance. Renowned for his sociable, gregarious nature, he knows everything, scrutinizes all, and is appreciated for his punctual timekeeping. Ulysse Nardin is celebrating these qualities by adding this colorful bird to the dial of its Classico Year of the Rooster. The centuries-old champlevé – the carving of cells with a chisel directly on the dial – method of enameling brings the artist’s sketch and the rooster’s energetic panache to life. This limited edition of 88 pieces in rose gold is powered by a self-winding movement.

60, rue François-Ier, 8th.
Tel. 01 53 75 03 79. www.ulysse-nardin.com/

Jaquet Droz : Four tributes to China

Jaquet Droz was one of the first to enter the Middle Kingdom, and his creations were admired in the Forbidden City as early as the 18th century. The twin-star brand regularly celebrates this heritage in its designs. To mark the Year of the Rooster, it has issued four models from the Ateliers d’Art, combining poetry and artistic prowess. Expressed in the form of two Grand Feu enamel dials housed in red gold cases, some set with diamonds, they celebrate the art of miniature painting, with the rooster and a peony depicted in watercolor style. On the dials of two other ultra-limited-edition models, the rooster is inlaid with jadeite and white mother-of-pearl on one, and hand-painted feathers complemented by precious stones on the other.

8, rue de la Paix, 2nd.
Tel. 01 55 04 75 20. www.jaquet-droz.com

 

Vacheron Constantin : A bird in the hand…

Beautiful and meticulous. Combining different aspects of excellence is one of the hallmarks of Vacheron Constantin’s exceptional watches. Now the brand has added two new models to its Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection. Available in a limited edition of twelve, they share the same 2460 G4 caliber but feature different dials and metals. Thanks to this mechanism, the indications can be displayed in four peripheral apertures, leaving the face free for the rooster motif. A marriage of Chinese and Swiss techniques, it features a leaf motif inspired by Asian iconography engraved in solid metal, blue or bronze enamel, and a hand-carved rooster in platinum or gold. A major achievement.

2, rue de la Paix, 2nd.
Tel. 01 40 20 17 55. www.vacheron-constantin.com

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