South Korean actors Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-jin captured the hearts of many through the hit South Korean television series Crash Landing On You. Starring alongside them were their Chopard timepieces, the Happy Sport and Alpine Eagle.
South Korean actors Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-jin captured the hearts of many through the hit South Korean television series Crash Landing On You. Starring alongside them were their Chopard timepieces, the Happy Sport and Alpine Eagle.
While the Oscar Awards caught the world’s attention with the announcement of winners, there were timepieces on the wrists of Academy Award recipients and esteemed individuals that grabbed our attention. A few of them were Vintage Rolexes, Panerai, Omega, and the latest Chopard Alpine Eagle.
While we anticipate whether majority of the watch brands will decide to follow the color Pantone has set for the year, let’s take a look at which of them were already ahead of trend.
Showcased at last year’s Baselworld, the Chronograph 5172G shares similar aesthetics with the retired 5170. The updated chronograph comes in a 41mm white gold case, round guilloched pushers and a blue dial contrasted by luminous white gold Arabic numerals and hands. See our other favorite Patek Philippe watches from Baselworld 2019 here.
In 2019, Vacheron Constantin decided to add 18 more models to their Patrimony collection, and the Patrimony self-winding is one of them. The 36mm 18K 5N pink gold case houses a sunburst satin-finished midnight blue dial. It embodies an understated, minimalist look as it makes use of a date function and hour, minutes, and seconds indicators.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso is well known for its iconic Art Deco inspired style and geometric simplicity. The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds comes in a 45.6 X 27.4mm case with a blue sunray-brushed finish dial, applied hour markers, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The watch is fashioned on a blue strap designed by Argentinian bookmaker Fagliano.
As avid supporters of the arts, Hublot has collaborated with Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi. The 45mm Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue is comprised of clean, geometric, symmetric lines and shapes and paired with a blue dial and strap.
Chopard recently released the Alpine Eagle, a reinterpretation of the St. Moritz watch which was designed by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The 41mm timepiece features a deep blue dial which resembles an eagle’s iris. The watch is also crafted from Lucent Steel A223, a REACH-certified and ethically produced metal exclusively developed in-house by the brand. Chopard partnered up with the Eagle Wings Foundation, which raises awareness about the Alps and the environmental issues at present.
Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Laureato has been reinterpreted numerous times since it was first conceived in 1975. This Laureato comes in a 34mm, 38mm or 42mm steel case with a blue Clou de Paris patterned dial. Read more about Girard-Perregaux’s history here.
Reservoir gets inspiration from different measuring instruments. The Hydrosphere Blue Hole was designed with the image of scuba diving pressure gauges in mind. The watch measures 45mm in diameter with features that are essential for divers like a 250-meter water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a double scale to be able to read time at different depths. Learn more about Reservoir here.
Nobody’s a stranger to the high-quality skills and standards of the Swiss manufacturer. As they continuously wow the crowd with every well-made timepiece and superb collection they release, Chopard definitely took it to the next level at Baselworld 2019. While we’ve got a soft spot for their L.U.C collection, there was a certain watch that captured our hearts. Let’s get right on to it, shall we?
Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin Ref. 161978-5001
Gracing us with its presence is Chopard’s first flying tourbillon, the L.U.C Flying T Twin. The 50-piece limited edition timepiece displays great technical and aesthetic refinement from its exceptionally slim rose gold case and hand-guillochéd dial all the way to its caliber movement.
As a testament of their commitment to ethical and responsible mining, Chopard made use of certified “Fairmined” rose gold material for its case, accompanied by a plant-dyed matte black alligator leather strap. The ruthenium grey dial draws your attention to the honeycomb motif at the center, much reminiscent of a beehive, which was the first logo used by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Complementing the dial are rose gold hands and hour markers, producing a color contrast that exudes an undeniably chic and elegant aura. Adding to its style, an unimpeded view of the tourbillon carriage is highlighted through a small aperture at 6 o’clock. In case you were wondering, the “ Twin” in its name alludes to the twin barrel system used, which allows the watch a hefty 65-hour power reserve.
The Poincon de Geneve certification bestowed to the timepiece is a testament to its high hand-finish quality. A beautiful addition to Haute Horlogerie, the Flying T Twin is truly an exceptional creation from the L.U.C collection.
Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Ref. 161945-1001
The XPS Twist QF provides unconventional excellence to the L.U.C line, bringing a smile to one’s face with its unorthodox details and design. Just like the Flying T Twin, the XPS Twist QF was similarly assembled in a “Fairmined” white gold case with a matte blue-grey plant-dyed alligator leather strap.
Time and time again, Chopard has never failed to stun the world with their controlled eccentricity and elegant asymmetry, and this time is no different. On its blue-grey dial is a circular satin-brushed motif that radiates out from a subdial located at an offset location. With the crown placed at 4 o’clock, these two asymmetric positions manage to equalize each other and create a sense of balance. Interestingly, this is the only L.U.C model without Arabic numerals at noon, replaced instead by a double-faceted hour marker.
Perhaps the most impressive mark found on the timepiece is the “Qualite Fleurier” appearing under the L.U.C name. Needless to say, the Fleurier Quality Foundation has one of the most rigorous and meticulous certifications in the watchmaking industry—and only a few pass the mark.
Chopard L.U.C XP Ref. 168592-3002
With just the bare necessities and purity of design, the L.U.C XP is elementary without being basic, a rare watch without it having to be a limited edition. Its slender case houses an intense blue dial which is enhanced by the surface’s texture. Adding a nice contrast to the dial’s deep, satin-brushed and modern matt finish are the applied rose gold hour markers and hands that shine so warmly. The simplicity and clean lines presented by the striking blue dial and rose gold colored indicators make the watch hard to beat by other complex timepieces. Asserting its casual elegance is its comfy blue merino wool strap, transforming the L.U.C XP into an ideal match for every man’s wardrobe.
Chopard Happy Sport Oval Ref. 278602-6004
It’s a happy day as Chopard pays tribute to their original 1993 Happy Sport, incorporating its feminine, galet bracelet into the newest Happy Sport Oval model. A slender elegance echoing a gentle and easy-going charm, the revival watch is available in an 18-carat rose gold, stainless steel, or two-tone bracelet with a polished or diamond-studded bezel of your picking. While we’re absolutely mesmerized by all three variants, the two-tone bracelet with a diamond-studded rose gold bezel sparked the most joy in us.
Jolly is this timepiece with its seven dancing diamonds, moving freely on its silver-toned dial, surrounded by a distinctively curved bezel. It’s astonishing how the bracelet is made out of metal but is flexible as knitted mesh. Its finely interwoven pebbled links give the watch elegance and charm as it follows the curves or your wrist, accentuating slenderness and comfortability. A timeless and playful design that expresses such light-heartedness while maintaining technical sophistication, the Happy Sport Oval has it all.
Timezone watches. Despite being at the top of every list detailing the watches every aficionado wants to get their hands on, travel and world timers are some of those complications that notoriously confuse watch beginners.
And that’s perfectly okay, because time zones are, in themselves, inherently confusing. UTC? GMT? Daylight savings? Yeah. We thought so.
You’ve probably heard of these sought-after timepieces called by different names: time zone watches, GMT watches, world timers, travel timers…. These various terms can be a lot to wrap your head around. After all, they are some of the more elaborate complications in the luxury watch industry. And there are so many of them.
So, simply, what are they, and why should they be a part of your collection?
Fundamentally, their functions are all similar; that is, to tell what time it is in multiple geographic locations. How they do it, however, is quite different from each other.
Travel timers, also known as GMT watches, are timepieces that let their wearer tell the time in one other location through the use of a rotating bezel and a third hand, commonly called the “GMT hand.”
“GMT” stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the time established at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London—making it a time zone. Alternatively, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), is a time standard, although most English-speaking countries use the two interchangeably. Ironically, the latter is more commonly used in aviation, which is the industry wherein the GMT watch became popular.
Whichever time the GMT hand points to will serve as the hour hand for the second time zone. For example, on this Rolex GMT-Master II, one can easily see how the times for both locations are set at 10:10. The travel timer is especially useful for those who travel frequently, and move from one time zone to another.
Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” Ref. 126710BLNR
This black-and-blue GMT watch, dubbed as “Batman,” is perfect for those who think the “Pepsi” was a little bit too colorful.
Tudor Black Bay GMT Ref. M79830RB-0002
Ever imagined the “Pepsi” with a leather strap? Tudor brings your imagination to reality with their rugged “Tiera de Siena” brown leather strap.
Baume et Mercier Clifton Ref. 10316
Rather than a rotatable bezel, or even just a separate hour ring on the dial, this watch prefers to display the other timezone in a sub-dial.
On the other hand, world timers—also aptly known as time zone watches—tell time across more than two time zones. Twenty-four, to be exact.
So how do world timers work? Most feature an adjustable ring or two with multiple locations, usually major cities within a time zone. There is also a rotating ring displaying the hours. To set the time, the wearer simply aligns their home time with the correct hour on the time zone bezel. To tell time in different locations, most world timers feature a pusher that adjusts the rings accordingly, but even without these adjustments, the wearer can check the current time in the 23 other time zones at a glance, making them an invaluable tool for those who have loved ones or business partners across the globe.
Lange 1 Time Zone Ref. 116.039
Inside the white gold case and under the silver dial sits the L031.1 movement, the same movement as with the other two models in platinum and pink gold.
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveller One Ref. 168574-3001
Encased in stainless steel is the in-house L.U.C 01.05-L movement, and can be admired through the transparent sapphire caseback.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Ref. 49557-11-132-BB6C
This 40mm world timer is powered by their self-winding mechanical GP03300-0027 movement.
It could be said that there are two schools of thought regarding personal style, each with their own salient points. First, there’s the belief that fashion and style must adhere to certain rules and standards—that how you style yourself must always be “flattering”—depending on your particular physical attributes, career, age, the situation you find yourself in, and other criteria. Then, there’s the second way of approaching dressing, which states that a person can and should wear whatever they want as a means of self-expression, no matter how flattering (or unflattering) a look it might be.
The watch world itself is no stranger to these warring beliefs, with rules dictating what you can and can’t wear. Interestingly, one such rule—namely the wearing of formal, bejewelled timepieces—remains a constant point of debate, equally steeped in tradition and rebellion. A watch decked out in precious stones and luxurious metals finds its place in both the formal ballroom and the urban-inspired hip-hop video—but rarely in between.
While we appreciate the structure provided centuries-old rules, as well as love the freedom afforded by breaking all of them, we think there’s a lot to be gained by being somewhere in the middle. You will, in a sense, be getting the best of both worlds, and maximizing your (watch) wardrobe.
Here, a few tips for how you can save your fine pieces of horology from languishing in your collection by integrating them into your everyday life.
#1: Consider the Silhouette
Is your style more about voluminous materials, embellishments, and details? Or does your sense of aesthetics lean more toward the minimal, the subdued, and the tailored? The bejewelled piece you consider, then, ideally adheres in some way to your wardrobe’s underlying themes. A structured, embellished sports piece—an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, for example— would pair very nicely with a more casual, minimalist outfit like jeans and a tee, while a feminine piece like the Breguet Secret De La Reine would make more sense with a crisp white button down and a voluminous tea-length skirt.
#2: Think About the Materials
Always consider how your statement timepiece will play off your ensemble’s textures, colors, and (if applicable), prints: pavé and nacre might not lend themselves to a multitude of prints, and in the same way, rainbow gems would pop when worn against more subdued neutrals. Worn casually, however, this is the time to play with and mix your metals, so feel free to throw on some yellow gold jewels to contrast against a steel- and pink gold piece.
#3: Play With Scale
While we’re all for “go big or go home,” we applaud a mastery of juxtaposing big, statement pieces with a simpler foundation, and in the reverse, intricate, delicate pieces piled on alongside oversize clothing. It’s always more visually interesting not to overwhelm the eye.
#4: Go With What’s Comfortable
Truthfully, it boils down to a cliché: wear what makes you comfortable. Wear what makes you feel most confident, and wear what’s most beautiful to you. Who cares if you throw on a bejeweled Chopard Imperiale with a pair of your oldest jeans, sneaks, and a slouchy sweater if that’s what makes you feel your best? That feeling, at the end of the day, is all that matters.
February is positively crowded with events. It’s not just the month where people around the world ring in the Lunar New Year or celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner with their loved one, but in the Philippines, it is also a month that celebrates art in all its forms.
In honor of National Arts Month, we rounded up a few watches that may well fall into the category. Whether they’re collaborations with renowned artists or borne in-house from the minds and skills of each manufacture’s talented watchmakers, the pieces on this list are undeniable works of wearable art.
In collaboration with Maxime Büchi, founder and creative director of the design studio Sang Bleu, Hublot released the limited edition Big Bang Sang Bleu. Two of Maxime Büchi’s passions are tattoos and watches. These coalesced into this eye-catching design that puts the artistic virtue of symmetry front and center.
Figuring out how to tell time with this watch can prove hard at first; after all, the hands have been replaced by polished octagons. But one can clearly see that within the octagons, there are filled-in triangles with luminescent material. The outermost ring of octagons point to the hours and the middle ring points to the minutes. The innermost ring mysteriously depicts the ticking of seconds, as it’s not clearly shown in the watch what exact second it is. The geometric lines appear once again, engraved, on the blue ceramic lugs, and continue perfectly onto the rubber and leather strap.
Like the previous piece, this Hublot was also created in collaboration with an artist, in this case, with contemporary French artist, Richard Orlinski, renowned for his brightly-colored, multi-faceted sculptures such as the Wild Kong. The artist designed these watches to appear like his own works of art, and this partnership did not disappoint.
This specific watch in his collection comes in a striking shade of red, enhanced by the polished ceramic material the case is made out of. The hands and the details are just as bold as the case, standing out against the gray, self-winding skeleton movement. Matched with a smooth rubber strap, this chronograph is a testament to art married with technical achievement. Feel red is too strong a statement? It also comes in subtler shades: black, green, blue, and titanium.
Icons of the Art Noveau period, Alfons Mucha’s works of art serve as inspiration even a century after their creation—inspiring even Jaeger-LeCoultre. Part of a collection inspired by Mucha’s The Seasons series, this particular model depicts Spring.
This timepiece is named and fashioned after the aforementioned painting, which features a woman in a flowing, white dress standing under a tree, surrounded by flowers. A beautiful rendering is placed on the caseback of the Reverso, created through incredibly complicated Grand Feu enameling process that took 70 hours of work. Around the miniature is a hand-engraved frame, done after the enameling. On its light gold, hand-guilloché dial, the color of the front of the watch is enhanced with the same Grand Feu enameling.
Another iconic painting is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. This woodblock print is so prominent in our culture that it even inspired its very own emoji. Jaeger-LeCoultre released a Reverso with this painting on its caseback in a series that includes Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Xu Beihong’s stunning horses.
The master enameller and the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre captured every single detail of the painting—every bit of foam and the delicate lines of the waves are pictured in perfect motion—and put it into the miniscule space provided by the Reverso. The front doesn’t want for elaborate details either: The dial carries a guillochéd wave pattern covered with an ocean blue, translucent enamel, hue matching with the underside of the wave on the reverse.
If you’re familiar with East Asian culture, you might have heard of the qilin (Chinese) or kirin (Japanese), a benevolent, mythical creature that is a symbol of good omens. Though they are commonly depicted with one horn, much like the western unicorn, they are also sometimes depicted with two horns. While in Chinese culture they look more like stalwart horses with the scales of dragons, in Japanese culture they take a more deer-like appearance.
On this dial is Japanese artist and national living treasure Kiichiro Masamura’s interpretation of the kirin. Graceful as they prance among the clouds, under the watchful gaze of the moon, this scene of two kirin was made with the Japanese lacquering techniques using urushi, the sap of the eponymous urushi tree. These techniques utilize layers upon layers of lacquer, some iridescent mother-of-pearl, and a little bit of gold powder to create a lush, luxurious finish unlike any other.
Have an affinity for all things celestial? This timepiece from Vacheron Constantin features all 12 of the beautifully hand-engraved zodiac signs on its dial around the Earth, which in turn revolves around the sun. That’s right: this watch not only tells time with the small, golden hours and minutes hands, but it also depicts the Earth’s rotation on its own axis, taking a day, and its revolution around the golden sun, taking a year.
It’s aptly named as well. Nicolaus Copernicus is the person who made the theory of heliocentrism famous and eventually widely accepted, with his book “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres”. There are two other models under this the Copernicus celestial spheres collection with accomplished with different techniques: One made with Grand Feu enamel and the other with laser-engraved sapphire disks, with all of them framed by a white-gold case.
Cartography, we believe, is an art form, and this piece takes it to a whole new level. On what would be a traditional Calatrava wristwatch appears a map that looks like it was transported from the old Age of Discovery. With the sea creature at 10 o’clock, a piece of land from 11 to 2 o’clock, and the caravel at the forefront, it’s a taste of adventure on the high seas, all outlined with gold wire. The Patek Philippe name and “Genève” are also set on the map in gold, harking to centuries-old cartographic aesthetics.
The fading colors only help enhance the feel of a bygone era. These hues could only be achieved with the method of Grand Feu enameling, utilizing opaque and semi-opaque enamels tinted in 25 different colors across the dial. The white-gold bezel doesn’t let itself be outshined either, guillochéd by hand in a hobnail pattern.
Are you familiar with cameos? No, not the ones Stan Lee used to make in Marvel movies; the jewelry pieces made from carving into gems, stones, or shells is what we’re talking about. Where cameos have traditionally been worn on the neck with a choker, Breguet puts cameos on your wrist with this watch.
Cameos are more popularly known as carved, raised relief profiles. This cameo in particular features sunflowers hand-engraved onto a single seashell. With the many layers accessed through carefully scraping off little bits and pieces, various tones can be achieved depending on the material used. This beautiful cameo is surrounded by a diamond-encrusted bezel, encased in 18-carat white gold and accompanied with a white alligator strap.
‘Tis the season for love and romance, meaning there are balloons, flowers, chocolates—or all of the above—displayed and sold left and right. Another inescapable symbol of the season? Hearts, brandished on everything from storefronts and advertisements to the proverbial sleeve.
Inspired by this iconic image, we decided to round up some of our favorite pieces that put a timepiece’s movement—its heart, so to speak—front and center: open heart watches. Allowing us to appreciate the beating mechanisms of the watch’s movements, which operate much like an actual heart, these pieces are technical showpieces we could stare at all day.
Below are some of our open-heart picks, and a few bonus surprises perfect for your inner romantic.
Dressed in the colors of the historical El Primero, this timepiece has a lot to offer, both inside and out. Its COSC-certified El Primero 4061 movement can be appreciated from the front or through the transparent caseback; through the opening on the dial, one can clearly see the iridescent purple lever and the shiny blue escape-wheel that has the Zenith star on it. Both made out of silicone, this material allows for more time between trips back to the service center—up to 5 years!—as it doesn’t need to be oiled.
Equipped with a chronograph and a tachymetric scale, the beauty and usefulness of this watch would stop at its dial. At 36,000 VpH (5 Hz), this movement beats more than one in your average watch, while maintaining an impressive power reserve of 50 hours. And did we mention its water resistance holds up to 100 meters, and is luminous in low light?
Is it just us, or does the face of the watch look like an actual, smiling face? Whatever this Rorschach test of a watch looks to you, it still remains that it’s an interesting timepiece. The two main dials each sport a separate tone for their details, which cleverly persists through the rest of the watch: rose gold for civil time, and dark blue for the hours and minutes chronograph. Beneath them is the jumping seconds subdial, with the blue hand measuring the 1/6th of a second.
Aside from the dials, the face of the watch is certainly unique, with the exposed nickel silver-bridges and -mainplate. Above them are the power reserve indicators, whose hands are, of course, in tones matching the function they serve. There are also the second hands in the center, both of which can function concurrently (rare in chronograph watches!), and are also colored accordingly.
“Shining, shimmering, splendid,” is the phrase we’d use to describe this watch. While the Millenary is no Diamond Outrage or Sapphire Orbe, it gleams and glimmers all the same—a piece for the more subtle lady, so to speak. From the powder-pink gold printed Roman numerals, the pink gold hands, the 116 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs, right to the glittering brown alligator strap, it’s certainly an eye-catching timepiece.
But even without all the flash, there’s still a lot to look at. The off-centered, mother-of-pearl dial and seconds subdial allow us a look into the watch’s calibre 5201 movement. All of this is housed within an unconventional but not unwelcome elliptical case. Topping it all off is the crown, set with a pink cabochon sapphire.
At first glance, this watch looks much simpler than the previous pieces, but in reality, it is equipped with one of horology’s most sophisticated functions: the tourbillon. Visible through the opening at 6 o’ clock, the tourbillon comes with a bridge that is connected to arrow heads at both ends.
The manufacture has exercised restraint throughout the rest of the watch’s design, making the tourbillon the true star of this exceptional piece. The slate gray dial with the Clous de Paris hobnail pattern complements the white gold and titanium case. At 45mm, this piece makes for strong presence on the wrist without the need for loud colors or wild patterns.
Chopard certainly makes a clear statement with this Happy Hearts 36 watch. A melding of their Happy Sports watch collection and their Happy Hearts jewelry collection, this piece includes three diamonds as well as two big hearts that dance across the dial. One of the latter is diamond-studded—matching the Happy Sports theme—and the other made out of red stone—matching the Happy Hearts theme; both twinkle and twirl across the dial with the manufacture’s signature gems. The red stone heart ties in nicely with the glossy, red alligator strap, making it pop on the wrist.
Breguet is more subtle in the implementation of the heart shape in their watch—it masquerades as a pink, mother-of-pearl cloud in the watch’s moonphase function at 6 o’ clock—but we adore it all the same. This timepiece was limited to 14 pieces in celebration of last year’s Valentine’s day, but that’s not a reason to hold off on appreciating its beauty.
The rest of the dial is also made of iridescent mother-of-pearl: Its fluted rings match beautifully with the fluted caseband. The bezel and lugs aren’t only encrusted with sapphires and diamonds, but the gems also sport a subtle gradient from white to light pink, from top to bottom. The pink hue continues onto the satin-finished alligator strap.
The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the Year of the Earth Pig. Looking for a dose of luck? Traditionally, its recommended that we wear colors associated with the elements of fire and metal to reap the benefits of earth.
For the unitiated, the rationale lies in how fire creates earth—in the way that fire creates ash—and earth bears metal.
Traditionally, the colors for fire are tones of red, orange, and pink, while for metal, it’s the more straightforward white and gold.
Even if you aren’t a believer in the idea of wearing “lucky” colors, it’s undeniable that certain colors have specific effects on us. What colors we choose to wear or surround ourselves with can affect our emotions and our behavior, which, in turn, can affect our daily lives.
So whether you’re feeling lucky, or don’t even believe in the concept of luck, here’s a list of beautiful watches in these recommended hues.
Red has long been associated with Chinese culture and regarded as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. It’s the color of the iconic lanterns during Chinese New Year and other big celebrations, the color of ampao envelopes containing money given during holidays, as well as the color of the couple’s clothes on their wedding day. It’s also the color most closely associated with the fire element.
Breguet Marie-Antoinette “Dentelle” Ref. GJE16BB20.8924R01
Establish yourself as a red queen with this watch in the Marie Antoinette jewelry set. Its red strap accentuates the singular ruby set among its diamonds.
Chopard Imperiale 40mm Ref. 384240-5002
Prefer the baguette cut for your jewels? This watch features it in spades with rubies on the bezel and diamonds on the dial.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic
As a material, ceramic lends itself to even the most intense shade of red, making this new piece the perfect addition to the Big Bang—and your—collection.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial Ref. 3482560
We know it isn’t the same 12 zodiac signs, but it’s in red and has the constellations of the Northern hemisphere on it and we just couldn’t resist.
Rolex Day-Date 36 Ref. 118139
If you’re looking for a subtler statement, then this model’s subdued cherry dial with a matching leather strap is the pick for you.
The color pink isn’t as significant in Chinese culture as red is, but as a shade of red, it is still associated with fire. If you’re looking for something a little less vibrant and forward as red is, pink is the way to go. (Valentine’s Day is also coming up, a celebration in which pink is pretty crucial, though that’s a story for another time.)
Omega Constellation Co-Axial 27mm 188.8.131.52.57.004
Channel your inner wild side with this piece’s iconic “Griffes” or claws on the bezel and the coral mother-of-pearl dial resembling fur.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 4899/900G
Have an avian fascination? This bejewelled Calatrava’s perfect for you. A feather motif is engraved on the mother-of-pearl dial as well as the hands, and is joined by staggered-set diamonds and pink sapphires.
Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet Pink
Pablo Neruda once wrote, “I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries / the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,” but this watch certainly doesn’t hide its flowers, and for that, we love it.
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126715CHNR
The GMT-Master II in Everose gold with the two-tone brown and black bezel takes two neutrals and meshes it in an iconic model… perfect for the man who prefers rootbeer to Pepsi, so to speak.
Another color that is tied to the element of fire is orange. The image of the mandarin orange is also a symbol of good fortune, exchanged between family and friends or displayed to invite luck into your environs. So while you might not want to carry a literal orange around with you, a predominantly orange watch just might do the trick.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D070CA.01
Perceived as young, loud, and impactful, orange has always been viewed as a more difficult color to style. But Audemars Piguet takes this hue, integrates it into an appropriately sporty watch, and turns it into a statement for your wrist.
Ball Engineer Master II Diver TMT Ref. DT1020A-P1-BEORF
Always wondered why mechanical dive watches never had thermometers? Wonder no more with this cool, glow-in-the-dark watch.
Omega Planet Ocean 600M GMT Ref. 184.108.40.206.99.001
This limited edition timepiece sports a ceramic bezel in an orange so vibrant you can almost taste the citrus.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Ref. 49.9003.9004/76.R591
If you happen to follow the music industry, specifically that of rappers’, this particular watch is a rare treat. Bonus points if you love diamonds and orange.
White is the main color associated with the metal element in the Five Elements theory, and represents the yang force in Chinese philosophy. Besides symbolizing brightness, purity, and fulfilment, white is a color that can work with virtually anything.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1265BC.01
This watch has a more than a thousand hundred brilliant-cut diamonds that’ll shine during even the darkest of nights.
Baume et Mercier Petite Promesse Ref. 10289
Looking for a watch that’s a little different? This timepiece, with a classic mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a diamond-set bezel switches it up with a wraparound stainless steel bracelet.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Ref. 80484D11A701-HK7A
This watch has us grinning like Cheshire cats, with the seconds hand appearing as a charming plum blossom.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Ref. AI6008-SS002-130-1
The silver sun-brushed Clous de Paris dial with the Rhodium-plated, white SLN indexes and hands is perfect for a simple, everyday look.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch White Side of the Moon
Carry the radiant moon on your wrist with this white ceramic watch.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-011
The Nautilus has always been known for its more iconic version with the blue dial, but we think the version with the white dial is just as handsome.
Last but most definitely not the least is the metal that makes the world go round: gold. It doesn’t matter which culture you’re more familiar with, because this metal universally represents riches, fortune, and good luck. It’s often paired with red in Chinese New Year. Of course, too much gold can be a little bit of, erm, a statement— so here are a few of our favorite, tasteful watches.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin Ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02
If you love bling, this yellow gold-on-gold watch will prove to be a great addition to your collection.
Breitling Chronomat 44 Steel & Gold – Golden Sun Ref. CB0110121H1C1
This watch, aptly named the Golden Sun, shines brightly. You’ll even see it glinting during deep dives, down to an impressive 500m.
Chopard Happy Diamonds Icons Watch Ref. 209421-5001
Encased in transparent sapphire crystal, five diamonds dance around the guilloché dial in this charming watch.
Louis Erard 01811PR11.BMA84
This watch utilizes the PVD (physical vapor deposition) process, making the rose gold coating on the watch last years and years and years.
Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm Ref. 3220.127.116.11.02.001
Feeling nostalgic? This watch comes from a collection that’s been reimagined as an even better version of the 1957 original.
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Ref. 7300/1200R-010
Fit for the woman-on-the-go, this rose gold watch features a silver dial with a finish that resembles wild shantung silk.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 Ref. 126333
Feel opulent with this watch’s champagne-colored dial and its use of Yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Small Model Ref. 25557/Q01R-9277
At 30mm, this watch is for the tiniest of wrists. Like they always say, the best things in life come in small packages.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.