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Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

Celebrate Chinese New Year with These Year of the Pig Watches

Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

It’s Chinese New Year once again, and with the start of the year comes a slew of special edition watches. This year’s zodiac sign is the Pig, and while that may carry some negative connotations in the West, the Chinese take a very different view: pigs are seen as fun-loving, generous, sincere, hard-working, loyal, and intelligent. So if you were born in the Year of the Pig, go ahead and wear your zodiac sign with pride. Here are some of our favorite Year of the Pig watches.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig

We love Vacheron Constantin’s penchant for creating animals who look like they’re about to walk off the dial, and their Year of the Pig watch is no exception. Available in platinum or pink gold, its hands-free time display allows your porcine friend to take center stage.

Vacheron Constantin Zodiac Chinese Year of the Pig 2019

The pig is hand-engraved and delicately applied to the dial, which features a foliage motif based on classic Chinese iconography. This pattern is etched directly onto the gold base to make it appear as if the vegetation is floating over the dial, and its blue or bronze tone is achieved through Grand Feu enamelling. Its self-winding Calibre 2460 G4 bears the Hallmark of Geneva, and has approximately 40 hours of power reserve.

Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00859) Year of the Pig

Pam00859 Panerai Luminor Sealand Year of the Pig

For a sportier alternative, check out the Luminor Sealand. Unlike other Chinese New Year editions, Panerai places their zodiac design on a special cover. The pig and surrounding decorations are depicted in a style inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and engraved by master craftsmen using an ancient Italian technique called sparsello.

Underneath the cover is a grey dial with Arabic numerals, linear hour markers, and luminous dots. It has a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and displays the date at 3 o’clock. Its P.9010 automatic movement has a power reserve of 3 days.

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Pig

Chopard continues their tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year with the ancient Japanese art of urushi. Over the past few years, Chopard has collaborated with Japanese Living National Treasure Master Kiichiro Masamura and Yamada Heiando Company’s Urushi grand master Minori Koizumi to produce their Chinese zodiac timepieces. If that isn’t impressive enough, Yamada Heiando is the official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family as well.

The dial of this year’s timepiece is imbued with auspicious symbols: the pig is rendered in gold to represent abundance, with a protruding stomach as a sign of joviality. Its case is made from ethical 18-carat rose gold, and houses an ultra-thin self-winding L.U.C 9.6.17-L calibre, which can be viewed through a sapphire crystal caseback.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac

Chopard LUC Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac 1

If you weren’t born in the Year of the Pig, or just want to go for something more subtle, check out this one-of-a-kind timepiece. It depicts all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on the sides of its 18-carat ethical rose gold case and lugs using the champlevé engraving technique. For example, you’ll find the tiger’s head on the crown, and the dragon and snake in the spaces between the lugs. It took one of Chopard’s artisans 210 hours to decorate the case alone.

The solid gold dial and bezel are hand-engraved with traditional ornamental motifs found in Chinese temples. Its complications include a perpetual calendar and tourbillon powered by a hand-wound L.U.C 02.15-L calibre with a 9-day power reserve. It’s both C.O.S.C and Poinçon de Genève-certified to boot. Better hurry if you want this particular watch—it’s limited to one piece, and exclusively available in Chopard boutiques.

 

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