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The best Year of the Rooster watches

The best Year of the Rooster watches

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Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster

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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

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Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Year of the Rooster

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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

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

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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

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