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Tag: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Vacheron Constantin Four Seasons banner

Vacheron Constantin Four Seasons banner

February is National Arts Month in the Philippines so we are celebrating some of the masterpieces that have come from the world of haute horlogerie.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe prides themselves in having a long and rich history in the art of enamelling, which dates all the way back to the 17th century. 

The 28mm Patek Philippe 5538G is a collection of five watches that have a dial with a miniature painting on enamel depicting famous landmarks like the St. Pierre Cathedral and the Grand-Quia, home to the historic Patek Philippe building in Geneva, Switzerland.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva close up

The style is reminiscent of azulejo, blue and white glazed ceramic tilework, paired with a trompe l’oeil technique which gives the illusion that the tiles are three dimensional. To achieve this enamelling, oil was mixed with enamel to easily apply it onto the 28mm dial with a very fine brush.

 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

The 5738/50G Golden Ellipse watch presents a 27.5mm x 2.53mm dial in Grand Feu Cloisonné enamel. Meaning “great fire”, the Grand Feu technique is done by spraying a small mist of alcohol onto the disc which is then coated with a sprinkle of fine enamel powder. Afterwards, the disc is placed inside an oven set at a high temperature. A giant flame gushes from the alcohol burning off, hence the name “Grand Feu”. The process is repeated until the desired pigment thickness is achieved. 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints close up

The Japanese print on the 5738/50G dial was inspired by works of artist Ohara Koson (1877-1945), who was known to incorporate flowers and birds in his prints. The enameller worked with a transparent, opaque and translucent palette with about 29 to 39 colors so as to achieve a delicate shade and a subtle color gradation of the plumage, branches, foliage and flowers.

 

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Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons

Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection displays four different scenes of a carp swimming in seasonal colors (spring, summer, fall, and winter) within a 44mm case. To create such a stunning timepiece, the dial was first engraved using a bas-relief technique, where figures are given more depth than the flat background, to highlight the richness of scene. 

After  engraving, the disc is then subjected to champlevé enamelling. This is done by filling in the cells made from the engraving with enamel, using a palette of over 12 colors, then fired.

Enamelling process of Vacheron Constantin's Four Seasons

The timepiece is accompanied by a minute repeater tourbillon, whose unique sound imprint was created by the famous Abbey Road studios, known for associating with legendary artists such as The Beatles and Adele.

 

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Caravelle 1950

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers La Caravelle 1950

One of the recent additions to the Les Cabinotiers collection, the 39mm timepiece was directly inspired by a 1950s watch that belonged to the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection. The dial’s design was crafted by Atelier Anita Porchet, and they used Cloisonné enamelling to bring forth the vibrant hues of the ship and sea. It shows a caravel in the midst of a journey, allowing the waves to bring the ship to its destination. A gold paillon on the enamelled surface is a nod to the timepiece’s nautical inspiration. The spangle depicts Polaris, the north star which sailors use for important calculations of positions at sea. The design of the ship is inspired by the first caravels explorers Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Colombus used in 1487 and 1492, respectively.

 

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

The 39mm Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos, a UNESCO recognized celebration and Aztec tradition that has been celebrated for over three centuries. The Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. The common calaveras symbol people use during the holiday originally came from a zine etching made in 1910 by Mexican lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada, and the print was called La Calavera Catrina

The Hublot watches feature a black lacquered dial, engraved with colored lacquer in shades of fuschia, green, purple, and blue–making the pieces look like pop art. The bezels are covered in 42 rainbow colored sapphires, and the straps have multi colored skulls printed on them.

 

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot also released another collection to celebrate El Día De Los Muertos: the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull. This time, they put a twist by fusing the art of embroidery with their timepieces by using Bischoff embroidery from the international Swiss brand St. Gallen. The fluorescent embroidery on silk organza is a delicate floral arabesque motif that reveals the sugar skull design. This technique continues all the way to the straps, coming in colors of cobalt blue, sunflower, hot pink and malachite green. The watches have sapphires in the corresponding hues, set decoratively on the bezel, and set as hour markers on the dials.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler frontJaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler reverse side

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler

In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorated the 100th death anniversary of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. The reverse side of the Reverso Tribute Enamel served as a canvas for enamel miniature paintings of mountain and lake landscapes, which were characteristic of the artist’s works.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler front and back
Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection (1909) depicts the Alps mountains and its reflection on the lake catching daylight.

The front of the watch displays a guilloche dial covered by a translucent enamel to match the tone of the painting on the reverse side.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat front Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat reverse

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel – Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Jaeger-LeCoultre also made a tribute to French post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat who was well-known for coming up with pointillism. On the front of the tribute enamel watch is a finely hand guilloche dial that has been covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, while the reverse side shows an enameled miniature painting of Georges Seurat’s most famous work.
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat
Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte portrays Parisians enjoying their day on the banks of the River Seine.

To reproduce the 3-meter wide artwork on a tiney 3cm x 2cm surface, the enameraller had to create his own pointillism technique using special tools. It is worth mentioning that pointillism enamel is extremely challenging as several protective enamel layers would have to be placed one after the other. This then alters the intensity of the color of the piece. Because of this, the enameller used darker shades so that the final product would have the exact colors Seurat used in his artwork. 

Of course, these are just a few of many watches that have been heavily inspired by artworks, artists, and other fields in the arts. We hope we see more timepieces that pay homage to art in the years to come.

JLC dazzling rendez-vous banner

JLC dazzling rendez-vous banner

A little known fact about Jaeger-LeCoultre: they were one of the first watch brands to make watches that catered to women. For a bit of context, during the 18th and 19th century women saw wrist watches as jewellery pieces rather than timekeeping tools. And this gave Jaeger-LeCoultre a chance to get a bit more creative. Thus began their journey honing their specialization in gem-setting. 

The Rendez-Vous collection, first released in 2012, remembers this specific part in the Swiss watch manufacturer’s history. The recently reimagined models embody the essence of femininity and flaunt such stunning, rich details. 

With their latest Dazzling Rendez-Vous they had expert artisans to ornament the timepiece with precious stones. It’s a rather slow and painstakingly meticulous process, but delivers the most beautiful and elegant results.

The prong, or griffes, is a kind of setting that maximizes the presence of each stone on the watch by using thin claw-like metal strips to hold each diamond in place. This allows the light to pass through the diamonds from every angle.

JLC dazzling rendez-vous claw setting

This dazzling timepiece comes in a 36mm white or pink gold case on alligator leather straps in either blue or taupe. It features a mother-of-pearl dial, floral roman numerals, and a day and night function at 6 o’clock.

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Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day

Ref. Q3433570 / Ref. Q3432570

Case 

  • 36mm
  • White gold, pink gold

Dial and Hands

  • Mother of pearl, diamonds
  • Florale recto hands

Functions

  • hours/minutes
  • night/day indicator
  • Open caseback

Movement

  • 898B/1–Automatic calibre
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 5 BAR water resistance

Strap

  • Blue or taupe alligator leather strap

 

Patek Philippe 5172G001 banner

Patek Philippe 5172G-001 banner

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.

Patek Philippe 5172G

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

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

Patrimony Self Winding

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ref. 85180/000R-B515

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.

JLC Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Ref. 3978480

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.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue Ref. 415.NX.7179.VR.MXM18

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 Alpine Eagle

Chopard Alpine Eagle Ref. 298600-3001

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. 

GP Laureato

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 

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 Hydrosphere Blue Hole

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole Ref. RSV03.HY/130-21.BH

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

 

Iñigo Ohlsson presenting the Jaeger-LeCoultre  Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon and Polaris Date Blue
Iñigo Ohlsson presenting the Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon and Polaris Date Blue

Iñigo Ohlsson, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s managing director for Southeast Asia & Oceania, admits that his background is atypical for someone in the watch industry. His foray into the horological world did not begin until he joined Jaeger-LeCoultre as country manager for Mexico in 2011; and before that he had worked in other industries across different regions around the world.  

But Jaeger-LeCoultre has proved to be a great fit nonetheless for Ohlsson, who has had an affinity for the brand since being gifted a Reverso in his teens.

“As a consumer,” he said, “I [have chosen] to wear Jaeger-LeCoultre because I appreciate its understated sophistication.  I wear it not because I want to show off; most people won’t know what it is I’m wearing. But whoever knows, I’ll form a very particular association with because of it.”  

When asked what else he thinks sets the brand apart from other luxury Swiss watch brands, Ohlsson is quick to say that it’s the culture at the manufacture. “When you visit, you’ll come across people in the corridors, and every single time that happens, they will say hello. This familial atmosphere in Jaeger-LeCoultre is unique.” 

And the feeling of family isn’t just because the people working there happen to like each other; there are real family ties because generations of families work at the manufacture. “At some point,” Ohlsson shared, “we had three generations concurrently employed by Jaeger-LeCoultre.”

The draw for watchmakers and their children to come work for the manufacture is the chance to be part of continuous innovation. No other watch brand can boast having developed over 1,200 calibers in-house, and there is a limited number of other brands that release several new calibers every year. As Ohlsson put it, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the watchmaker of watchmakers. 

Ohlsson added, “The watchmakers of Jaeger-LeCoultre are challenged and motivated by the way we work and what we can accomplish and produce. In one year, our watchmakers may be working on a carillon. The next year, they’d be working on a tourbillon set in a Reverso. The year after that, they could be working on something like the Gyrotourbillon.” 

But in recent years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been working to improve not just the quality of their watches, but their value proposition as well. On this Ohlsson said, “We realized that there’s been a shift over the years to what is perceived as valuable for the people that choose watches; we need to provide more [after-sales] service, and be closer to the end user.” 

With that, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Care Program was created. The most popular benefit of the program has been the eight-year warranty, which was a first in the industry when it was introduced earlier this year. Other perks include free periodic evaluations and a platform where customers can register their timepieces and get information about the products. 

Ohlsson says that this new platform has given the brand a better connection to their clients and that, in true Jaeger-LeCoultre fashion, “we will continue to evolve it in the future.”  

Before telescopes, probes, and all kinds of space technology existed, man had only his eyes to observe and make sense of the world around him. It was this unquenchable sense of wonder that served as fuel for individuals to reach great heights in the field of space and science. We’re honoring that extraordinary drive with watches that have been deeply inspired by all things outer space.

 

Patek Celestial Moon Age
 

Patek Philippe Celestial Moon Age 6102P 

Leave it to Patek Philippe to create a dreamlike masterpiece with an out of this world display of mathematics. The Celestial Moon Age 6102P’s deep blue dial is made up of several rotating sapphire crystal discs that chart the celestial bodies and the moon’s phases. And as the dial slowly rotates, the stars simultaneously change as well. If set correctly, the cardinal points can help locate a portion of the sky that’s visible from Geneva. Two skeletonized feuille hands indicate the hours and minutes of solar time which is the timekeeping system that everybody else in the world uses, and a red crescent tipped white hand points to the date on the inner bezel.

 

A. Lange and Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
 

Lange & Söhne RICHARD LANGE PERPETUAL CALENDAR “Terraluna”

Through the caseback of the watch you’ll catch a glimpse of its inner workings and three important discs: the earth, the sky, and the moon. The discs are designed to show you the moon (which also has a moon phase indicator) and sky from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, with the balance wheel acting as the sun. When the earth does a full rotation once every 24 hours, it’s easy to find the time of any location on the globe. How? With the 24-hour ring that surrounds the plate. All you have to do is make a straight line from the North Pole to any country, and from there you can already figure out the time in that location.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste

The revamped Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition model lets you live your life according to the stars. The latest Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece uses a time frame of 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds—using the distant stars, rather than the sun, as a reference point in timekeeping. The celestial dial displays the Northern hemisphere, and on its outer ring are constellations of each zodiac, along with the corresponding symbols associated with the signs. To know which point in time you are currently standing in, all you have to do is look at the small triangular gold marker. Adding the finishing touches to the timepiece are the rose gold tourbillon and the glow from its luminescent hour markers and constellations.

 

Rolex Pepsi Meteorite Dial
 

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Meteorite Dial

While the GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO still has the signature GMT-Master II  40mm case, blue and red “Pepsi” cerachrom bezel, and COSC-certified automatic calibre 3285 movement, this model is delivered with a white gold oyster bracelet and stunning, one-of-a-kind meteorite dial. If you look closely through the cyclops magnifier, you can even see bits of the meteorite’s grain.

 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Siderale ScafusiaIWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Siderale Scafusia
 

IWC Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia

On the front, nothing seems out of the ordinary. You see a typical IWC Portugieser with an added constant-force tourbillon, a power reserve and sidereal time indicator. The sidereal time, also called “star time”, is a system commonly used by astronomers to locate the same stars in the same position every night. When turned over to its caseback, the stellar magic begins. Immediately grabbing hold of your attention is a rotating astrological map that can be customized according to which part of the sky you’d like to have framed. The yellow circle you see is called the horizon and within it are the stars visible during the day or night. The back features yet another sidereal time indicator, found on a white outer ring with a red triangular marker and a dot on top. Within it is a black inner ring which turns out to be a solar time indicator. On top of the chart is a perpetual calendar that begins counting the days from 1 to 366, and located right next to it is a leap year indicator.

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional family

Accompanying Buzz Aldrin to the historic moon landing in July 1969 was his trusty Omega Speedmaster. It was because of this key event that the timepiece was given the title “Moonwatch.” But even prior to the lunar landing, the Speedmaster Moonwatch had gone through countless journeys and expeditions with astronauts on six Apollo missions. In 1964, NASA was on the hunt for a chronograph that could be used for future space missions. Omega and three other contenders took a chance and sent each of their top performing watches to go through, and hopefully pass, NASA’s rigorous tests. Some of these tests involved environmental shifts, drastic changes in temperature and pressure, and vibration frequencies. Due to its robustness and precision, it was a no-brainer for NASA to have the Moonwatch be part of the official equipment for all piloted space missions. Up to this day, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is the only watch certified by the federal space agency for astronauts to use on an extravehicular activity.

 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos
 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos 

The Cosmos was the grand highlight of Girard-Perregaux’s “Earth to Sky” collection back in SIHH 2019, and it does an exceptional job at showing the art and beauty in science. This timepiece brings a tourbillon, a sky chart, and world complications all onto one three-dimensional dial. Displayed at your 3 o’clock is a titanium globe with raised continents which has a second time zone indicated by the 24-hour scale found near the equator. Opposite to it is a deep blue globe with a luminescent, laser-engraved sky chart that does a full rotation equivalent to one sidereal day and displays zodiac constellations that’s customizable on request. The local time is displayed on the top of the dial, and the tourbillon with a black PVD treated titanium bridge is located at the bottom of the dial. The case housing this was carved from bead blasted titanium, and is protected by a curved sapphire crystal that acts like a telescope.

Art as Watches, Watches as Art

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.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Blue Ceramic luxury watch

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

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.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski luxury watch

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski

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.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Alfons Mucha, Spring

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.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

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.

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045 luxury watch

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045

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.

Vacheron Constantin Métier d’Art collection – Copernicus Hand-Engraving 2640 RT Ref. 7600U/000G-B211

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.

Patek Philippe 5177G-012 “Chart of the Carribbean”

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.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8958BB/51/974/D00D

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.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

‘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.

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open Ref. 03.2040.4061/69.C496

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open Ref. 03.2040.4061/69.C496

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?

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe (pink gold) Ref. 6012421

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe (pink gold) Ref. 6012421

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.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

“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.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm Ref. 99115-21-431-21A

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm Ref. 99115-21-431-21A

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 Happy Hearts 36 Ref. 278582-3005

Chopard Happy Hearts 36 Ref. 278582-3005

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 Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085

Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085

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.

 

Ah, February. The season for roses, candies, and copious bottles of fine wine to celebrate romance. And while those traditional symbols of Valentine’s Day are wonderful in their own right, we also believe that the deepest, most lasting, most meaningful relationships should be commemorated with something as enduring as your love.

Here, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite pairings— so this season, you can wear your heart on your sleeve, and on your wrist.

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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

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
  • Chopard
  • Hublot
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Rolex
  • 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.

Pink

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
  • Patek Philippe
  • Roger Dubuis
  • Rolex
  • Omega Constellation Co-Axial 27mm 123.25.27.20.57.004

    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.

Orange

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
  • Ball
  • Chopard
  • Zenith
  • 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. 232.93.44.22.99.001

    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

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
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • 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.

Gold

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
  • Breitling
  • Chopard
  • Louis Erard
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Rolex
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • 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. 331.50.42.51.02.001

    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.

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