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.