The best Year of the Rooster watches


Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster

On January 28, 2017 Chinese New Year will be celebrated, ushering in the Year of the Rooster. To mark the occasion many fine watchmakers have followed up on last year’s popular Year of the Monkey timepieces and created limited edition watches inspired by the only bird in the Zodiac. Whether you will be joining the Chinese New Year parties or not, these stunning timepieces are worthy of a place in anyone’s collection.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster

Ulysse Nardin’s annual Chinese New Year timepiece once again takes the form of the elegant Classico. Focussing on capturing the rooster’s natural energy, Ulysse Nardin has employed the traditional champleve technique - where engraving is performed directly to the dial before enamel is applied - to create a detailed and majestic depiction of the bird. Housed in an 18 karat rose gold case, the Classico Rooster will be available as a limited edition of 88.

Case: 18 karat rose gold, 40mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: UN-815 self-winding
Waterproof: 50 metres
Limited edition: 88
Price: POA


Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Year of the Rooster

Vacheron Constantin is another Swiss fine watchmaker employing highly skilled Métiers d’Art techniques for its Year of the Rooster offering. Available in both orange and blue colourways, Vacheron Constantin’s Year of the Rooster watches use a combination of engraving imagined in the style of Chinese Jianzhi paper-cutting and Grand Feu enamelling to achieve an intensely hued and intricate image of the rooster surrounded by a floral motif.

Case: 18 karat rose gold or platinum, 40mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre 2460 G4 mechanical self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 12 of each reference
Price: $100,500


Chopard L.U.C. XP Urushi Year of the Rooster

Chopard has once again teamed up with Japanese firm Yamada Heiando to create the beautiful hand-painted dials on its Year of the Rooster limited edition. The lacquer used in the process is harvested from the Urushi tree once a year and applied within mother-of-pearl cells to create an iridescence in Chopard’s rooster, which is shown next to eight gladiolas. The 88-piece edition is housed in an 18 karat rose gold case and powered by the L.U.C. 96.17-L self-winding movement.

Case: 18 karat rose gold, 39.5mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: L.U.C. 96.17-L self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 88
Price: £16,930


Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Year of the Rooster

Famous for its artistic creations, Jacquet Droz has created no fewer than four exquisite limited edition Year of the Rooster watches, each within its Petite Minute Heure collection. The first watch features a rooster sculpted and painted in white gold on a painted floral background with a diamond bezel and the same design is also available in a rose gold version without diamonds. The final two watches both share the same Grand Feu enamel dial in which the rooster is picked out on a plain white background - this version is also available both with and without diamonds.

Case: 18 karat rose gold or white gold, 41mm/35mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Jaquet Droz 2653.Si/Jaquet Droz 2653.P self-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 28 of each reference
Price: POA


Piaget Altiplano Year of the Rooster

For its 2017 Year of the Rooster watch Piaget has collaborated with enamel artist Anita Porchet to render their bird in Grande Feu cloisonné enamel on a mother-of-pearl dial. Each rooster is hand-painted by Porchet in chic tones of grey, black and white with a contrasting comb and wattle in bright red. Housed in a 38mm ultra-slim white gold case set with diamonds, the 38-piece limited edition is powered by a Piaget 430-P manual wound movement.

Case: 18 karat white gold with diamonds, 38mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Piaget 430-P manual wound
Limited edition: 38
Price: $61,000