A ‘war’ Of Handmade Art The Soul Of The Zodiac Watch

The zodiac sign is the crystallization of wisdom of the ancient Chinese tradition. They all have different mysterious meanings. Since ancient times, people have commemorated each unique year in different ways. Of course, the watch industry is no exception. When exquisite Western craftsmanship meets the ancient culture of the East, it is a visually perfect enjoyment, and at the same time an extremely precious crystal of wisdom.
Limited Edition of the Year of the Sheep

   On the arrival of the Year of the Sheep, Vacheron Constantin launched this limited edition 12-year-old Zodiac Watch to express its tribute to the Year of the Sheep. The goat is a symbol of vitality and independent spirit. Vacheron Constantin uses intricate enamel craftsmanship and carving art to create unparalleled masterpieces, which fully demonstrates the brand’s top craftsmanship and excellent quality. The center of the watch dial is inlaid with a fine goat pattern, which looks peaceful and peaceful against the backdrop of sapphire crystal. The goat is surrounded by leaves of various shapes. The decorative pattern of the leaves is derived from the classic Chinese pattern and is etched directly on the gold dial. The pattern uses a semi-embedded design, which is carefully combined through different reliefs to create a deep depth effect. The prominent honeysuckle seems to be suspended above the dial. The wool on the goat’s body is extremely delicate, less than a millimeter thick. Through this creation, the craftsman showed us a tangible artistic vision.

   China’s paper-cutting technology is world-famous and has the same effect as Swiss silhouette art. Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking artisans use their superb skills and rich experience to apply Chinese paper-cutting art to the field of watchmaking. The leaves that are intertwined between the discs are the perfect embodiment of the paper-cutting process. The blank place will maximize the paper-cutting process.
   Vacheron Constantin has been outstanding in the field of top-level decorative craftsmanship, and has integrated watchmaking with its traditionally respected arts and crafts through the generations of professional craftsmanship. The launch of this limited edition of the Year of the Sheep not only highlights the superb craftsmanship and core values ​​of the brand’s watchmaking, but also highlights the spirit of Vacheron Constantin sharing passion, transmitting knowledge and looking at the world in the form of art. The watch has a 42 mm diameter and is available in two different rose gold and platinum versions, with a high-quality alligator leather strap. The dial design is unique and the layout is reasonable. The hands-free time display method is used to show the amazing watchmaking skills. The lifelike goat micro-engraved pattern is located in the center of the dial and becomes the most eye-catching part of the watch. Four small fan-shaped windows display the hours separately. , Minutes, weeks, and dates. The watch is equipped with a 2460 G4 self-winding mechanical movement. The reason why the watch has enough space to display decorative art is largely due to this movement, which has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. A oscillating weight made of 22K gold, decorated with dynamic geometric figures, the graphics are inspired by the brand’s historical symbol-the Maltese cross, all parts have been polished to meet the strict requirements of the Geneva mark.
Jacques Dross embossed horse hour and minute dial

   This year is the Year of the Horse, in order to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse, Jacques Droo has launched three limited edition watches with vivid horses. The diameters of the watches are 41mm, 39mm and 43mm from left to right. 88 pieces. The watches are crafted by Jacques Droe’s craftsmen using unique and exquisite craftsmanship, combining unparalleled skills: engraving, micro-painting and large fire enamel. On the 41-mm hour-dials dial, a mother-of-pearl dial with a forefoot flying over the Great Wall of China is hand-engraved and painted; on the ivory-enamel dial of the 39-mm hour-dials dial , Carefully drawn two purebred arabian horses, which are said to be the most beautiful horses in the world. They are running up the hoof, as if trying to catch up with the American wild horses carved on the small pin plate at 43 mm.

   This 41-mm-diameter bas-relief steed hour minute dial watch is centered on the dial of the Northwest American Mustang, which is carved in rose gold with semi-relief. It is unruly by nature and difficult to tame. The sculptural beauty of the horse, the running posture and the developed muscles seem to flash in front of the eyes. In addition, Jacques Dro also used for the first time an infill enamel technique to decorate the horsehair and pony tail that fluttered in the wind with a large black fire enamel. The war horses on the board are brave and fearless, the heroic posture is bright, the noble and elegant, presenting a memorable horse totem. The white gold oscillating weight of each watch is also decorated with a delicate horse head pattern.
Athens Year of the Horse Special Edition

   In order to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year of the Horse, many watch brands have launched limited edition timepieces, and the editor can’t help but want to introduce one more limited edition of the year of the horse, this is the Athenian gold watch. The watch shows the attitude of a strong horse with its unrestrained enthusiasm, which also reflects the pursuit of freedom and unrestrained innovation of the Athenian brand on the road of watchmaking. The watchmaking artisans of Athens have created this memorable wristwatch with their exquisite craftsmanship and innovative ideas. The watch not only serves as a precise timekeeping tool, but also contains the top watchmaking craftsmanship of the Athens brand.
   The watch is made of 18K rose gold case, limited to 88 pieces and 40 mm in diameter. The two horses between the dials of the watch are vivid and memorable. The pattern uses intricate and sophisticated infill enamel technology. The unique technology is amazing. The watchmaker directly carved the area on the dial with a chisel, and then filled the enamel solution with black, white, tan, gray and The warm color composed of green is refined from different metal oxides, which perfectly depicts the vast grassland and two galloping horses. The dial is then baked at high temperature to make the enamel enamel. After the enamel surface is cooled, it is polished and polished. Presents this imaginative, breathtaking timepiece on the wrist. The watch is equipped with the UN-815 self-winding movement inside, which can be appreciated through the blue crystal glass on the case back, which can provide the watch with a 42-hour power reserve.
Chopin Ultra Thin Snake Year Watch

   When beautiful hand-painted art is combined with superb watchmaking skills, it will collide with a beautiful legend. The extraordinary craftsmanship of watchmaking craftsmanship made Chopin’s ultra-thin snake year watch into an amazing wrist watch with rich colors and realistic gestures. The dial is the highlight of the design of the watch. The surface of the dial is painted with a vivid golden snake coiled in the center, surrounded by branches and flowers. Shihui originates from Japan’s lacquer painting process. It mainly uses metal powder such as gold powder to embellish lacquer painting, thereby highlighting the lacquer painting outline. The fine gold powder is adorned with small bamboo tubes and guinea pig brushes to outline the extremely thin lines. Today, only a few lacquer masters are proficient in these processes. This ultra-thin watch pushes the art of time painting to the extreme beauty of.

   Although we usually consider snakes as beasts, the unique charm and intimidating exquisiteness of the snake symbol still have special appeal. Chopin perfectly combines the zodiac symbol of ancient Chinese wisdom with superb craftsmanship, presenting admirable artistic beauty. This watch is equipped with an 18K rose gold case with a diameter of 39.5mm and a thickness of only 6.8mm. The watch is equipped with a LUC 96.17-L automatic mechanical movement with two barrels and a self-winding movement. , Has an amazing performance of 65 hours power reserve.
Glashütte Mason Tourbillon Year Limited

   German top watch brand Glashütte launched a limited edition of Mason Tourbillon on the occasion of the Chinese Dragon Year, with a limited edition of 8 pieces. The watch not only draws the Chinese dragon motif, but also contains the brand’s unique floating tourbillon technology. The watch has a 40 mm rose gold case, precision watchmaking technology, and exquisite design. The classics are fully presented. The ceramic dial made by Mason Porcelain Factory is decorated with a hand-drawn exquisite dragon-shaped pattern. Gold powder painted with ceramic paint. After the high temperature treatment, the pigment adheres to the surface, showing a golden matte finish. The highly skilled artist then uses the agate pen as the golden dragon to make the outline clear and dazzling.
   The delicate dial has no independent time display. It uses the traditional German blue steel hour and minute hands to slide across the white ceramic dial and count down the elapsed time. The watch’s Louisiana crocodile leather strap and folding buckle are closely connected to the case with a delicate flange, which is very comfortable to wear. It is equipped with a 94-11 self-winding mechanical movement, which provides the watch with 48 hours of power. reserve.
Panerai Limited Year of the Rabbit

   As a watch brand with a pure military pedigree, Panerai has incorporated a strong temperament into each timepiece. This Zodiac limited edition watch breaks the previous design and the pillow case becomes more rounded. The bottom case is carved with docile rabbit and radish patterns. This watch draws inspiration from traditional Chinese paper-cut art. The jade rabbit image symbolizing kindness and elegance is carved on the watch’s case. The exquisite craftsmanship of Panerai’s top craftsmen makes the jade rabbit pattern agile and delicate. This reflects the brand’s rich knowledge and the spirit of continuous innovation from a long tradition. Frosted stainless steel case diameter 44mm, pressed from a single piece of metal, grey dial with black hour markers and luminous dots, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date display window at 3 o’clock, sapphire crystal Glass case with COSC-certified Panerai OPIII self-winding movement inside, water-resistant to 50 meters, paired with a branded leather strap and frosted steel buckle.
Summary: Zodiac watches have always been a battleground for brands to compete in aesthetics and craftsmanship. Watchmaking artisans take oriental culture as the core and use enamel, carving, lacquer and other top craftsmanship to create accurate wristwatches. Unparalleled visual enjoyment has also become the love of collectors.

Creative Pioneer Zenith Prestige Columbus Hurricane Watch

Since the birth of Leroc in 1865, Zenith has continuously launched outstanding creations. The prestigious Columbus Hurricane watch not only combines the El Primero movement and the gravity control system, but also has a third outstanding device to eliminate it. Isochronous error. This design is equipped with a sesame chain transmission system, which can keep the swing amplitude stable during the power reserve period, and then ensure that the watch transmits power steadily.

 A fusion of bold creativity and time-honored craftsmanship

 When Georges. When Georges Favre-Jacot gathered all watchmaking under the same roof in 1865, he had thought that the brand he founded would stand up in the tide of time, faithfully upholding his philosophy, A perfect balance between watchmaking tradition and bold creativity. However, for almost 150 years, the brand has continued to carry forward the founder’s pioneering spirit with a rare determination. Zenith has been deeply rooted in its birthplace and continues to explore new breakthroughs in the field of watchmaking. To date, this star-branded brand has enjoyed more than 300 patents, witnessing the excellence of Zenith. From marine astronomical clocks, pocket watches to wristwatches, Zenith has developed and produced more than 600 movements, setting a new milestone in its history. If Zenith displays its exquisite craftsmanship with its complex performance, then the chronograph field is the best use of its craftsmanship. So far, the brand has won 2,333 awards, setting a record unparalleled. Since its inception, the pursuit of high accuracy has been the ultimate goal of brand timepieces. In 1969, Zenith launched the El Primero movement, creating an epoch-making achievement in the field of timekeeping. The El Primero movement is not only the first integrated self-winding chronograph movement in the history, the most important thing is its unparalleled high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, with an accuracy of one tenth of a second. Since then, this legendary movement has continued to evolve and continue in all series.

 Three rules

 If Christopher. When Christophe Columbus discovered a new world full of possibilities, the Academy Hurricane watch, which is famous for its name, unlocks the triple equation of watch accuracy: time is divided into equal sections by high vibration frequency, and eliminated by the gravity control system. Affects the precise gravity attraction of the travel time, and eliminates the isochronous gap with the sesame chain transmission. In other words, Zenith is not only related to the wearing of the watch (gravity) and the operation of the watch (the watch’s power reserve and isochronism). Over time, the isochronism of the watch may be affected.) Find out countermeasures to related issues, and also give the watch unparalleled high accuracy by improving the swing speed of the balance wheel.

 The sesame chain transmission system gives the watch a stable driving force

 During the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, most timepieces were equipped with sesame chains to regulate the power transmitted to the gear set. But with the changing times, only a handful of watch factories can put this device into the square inch space of the watch. With the launch of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch, Zenith has risen to the ranks of the elite. Zenith is currently the only watch factory capable of mastering the gravity control system. In 2011, Zenith was awarded the Grand Prix for Best Complex Watches in Geneva. However, the gravity control system is the research result of the brand lasting five years. Since then, Zenith has invested two years to develop the sesame chain transmission system. The Hurricane watch draws its inspiration from a marine astronomical clock, but how to put the huge structure of a marine astronomical clock into a watch with a diameter of only 45 mm? Zenith achieved this impossible task with its diligent hard work. In the previous centuries, it was necessary to insert the winding key into the hole of the dial to wind the watch, but Zenith was never able to use this mechanism, because the brand aims to make sealed waterproof watches. Therefore, a winding crown is used to solve this problem.

 When the power of a mechanical watch weakens, the vibration swing of its movement will become smaller, which will affect the accuracy of the watch. In contrast, with the sesame chain drive system, the power of the watch will remain stable during the power reserve. The operating principle of the sesame chain transmission system is as follows: the movement of the movement transmits its power to the barrel, after which the spiral structure of the pagoda wheel will offset the gradual change in power generated by the barrel. The spiral structure of the pagoda wheel is specially designed for clockwork and is the result of complex calculations. In the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch, the transmission system between the barrel and the pagoda wheel consists of 585 parts of a sesame chain and is 18 cm long. The structure of the sesame chain is very complex, consisting of alternating double-links and intermediate links. The size of the rivets has been carefully calculated to reduce the impact of dynamic changes on the movement. The manufacture and operation of sesame chain requires meticulous care and ingenious craftsmanship. Once the assembly is completed, its tensile strength can reach more than 3 kg.

 For the duration of the power reserve, the barrel will transmit power to the pagoda wheel through the surrounding sesame chain. The pagoda wheel can transmit its stable power to the gear set by adjusting the tension, and the gear set transmits the power to the silicon escape gear in the gyroscope frame. It takes more than 50 hours (power reserve time) for the sesame chain to wind around the barrel, while the lever winding shows the beauty of exciting craftsmanship. Within seconds of winding, the pagoda wheel and the barrel are rotated in opposite directions, so that the sesame chain can be re-wound on the pagoda wheel, thereby winding the mainspring.

 The shape of the pagoda wheel of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch was carefully designed by Zenith watchmakers to provide maximum power to the barrel. The teeth design of the pagoda wheel has a conical structure, and its size has been carefully calculated. The theoretical power and power reserve time are taken as the reference. The structure of the pagoda wheel has seven layers, and the shape of each layer is the result of precise calculations. Without the cooperation of all the processes in the Zenith watch factory, especially the movement part and the complex assembly process, the pagoda wheel would not be born. The close cooperation between different professions is another winning ace of the brand. By bringing together all the crafts related to watchmaking under the same roof, the brand can achieve extraordinary achievements.

 Gravity Control System: Challenging the Law of Gravity

 In addition to offsetting the isochronous gap with the sesame chain drive system, the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch can eliminate another factor that affects the mechanical movement of the watch-gravity. Keeping the adjustment device in a horizontal position allows the balance wheel to have the best swing amplitude, thus bringing the best travel time accuracy. Zenith developed a gravity control system based on this principle and applied for a patent for this revolutionary innovation. The gravity control system keeps the adjustment and escapement in a horizontal position forever. This invention not only shows the brand’s bold ideas, but also pays tribute to the brand’s history. It was inspired by the nautical astronomical clock that Zenith produced in the past.

 The power control system adopts the principle of the cardan-type suspension device of the legendary marine instrument. This type of suspension device was introduced in the sixteenth century with a universal hinge bracket, which is installed on the same shaft and used on a marine compass to keep it It is in a horizontal position and rotated in a horizontal direction, which can maintain balance even when the ship is bumpy. Later, pocket watches came out, because the cardan-type suspension device was as large as 50 mm in diameter and was not suitable for putting in a pocket, so the watchmaker at that time had to find another way, so the tourbillon device was born. Since the pocket watch is in a vertical position in the pocket, the left and right swing of the chain shaft on the tourbillon device can correct the travel time error caused by the gravity of the pocket watch parts.

 Today, the traditional tourbillon device equipped with the watch can balance the position deviation on the four vertical axes and adjust the watch’s accuracy by the same principle. In addition, the tilting tourbillon and multi-axis tourbillon, although they stay in the horizontal position for a short time, and the adjustment error is the sum of the multiple offsets caused by many wrist movements, but its operating principle and traditional tourbillon Similar, mainly to offset the errors caused by gravity. The gravity control system is equipped with a self-adjusting gyroscope mechanism. This design can keep the escapement in a horizontal position forever, no matter how the wrist swings. It is a masterpiece evolved from the marine astronomical clock.

 A treasure of outstanding machinery

 Zenith is a fusion of bold creativity, unique design and pleasing three qualities. With this in mind, Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watches not only create outstanding achievements never before seen in the field of precision, but also provide viewers with endless visual enjoyment. Under the clear view of sapphire crystal glass, the sesame chain transmission system embodies ingenious mechanical technology, showing how the sesame chain rotates around the barrel and the pagoda wheel. The gyro frame at 6 o’clock is made up of 173 parts. It is a veritable watchmaking gem, and it is dazzling with its light and sharp rotation. The arched structure of the protective cover perfectly complements the beauty of the frame and echoes the hour-cut skeleton dial at 12 o’clock. Both the small gold seconds and the power reserve display are decorated with hand-engraved ‘guilloche’ patterns, both of which are round and balanced. Viewed from the side, under the sapphire crystal glass, a world map decorated with laser engravings is displayed on the bottom of the gyroscope, paying high respects to Columbus’s adventurous spirit. What better symbol of the spirit of this watch than the limited edition of 25 pieces?