Chinese New Year takes place on February 8 2016 and to celebrate many fine watchmakers have taken inspiration from the Year of the Monkey to produce fun, charming and undeniably beautiful timepieces. The ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac, the monkey has many different historical and cultural meanings that have resulted in a surprising range of designs and depictions created using some the world’s most intricate artistic techniques. Why not swap your classic black-tie watch or super accurate chronometer for one of the best Year of the Monkey fine watches this month?
Ulysse Nardin Year of the Monkey Classico
Said to be playful and happy, Ulysse Nardin’s monkey is drawn in a witty, cartoonish design aimed at capturing the animal’s lively spirit. Rendered in the rare and difficult champlevé method of enamelling, the golden monkey stands out against a black background on this timeless piece.
Case: 18 karat rose gold, 40mm
Movement: Self-winding UN-815
Water resistant: 50 metres
Limited Edition: 88