January 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year and top luxury watch brands celebrated in amazing form unveiling their special limited edition watches to commemorate the Year of the Horse.
Luxury watch brands with long established relationships in the Chinese markets, painstakingly designed special limited edition watches employing various art techniques to capture the essence of the Year of the Horse.
Three top watch designers that presented their limited edition Year of the Horse 2014 watches included Panerai, Cartier and Vacheron Constantin:
Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00847) presents an ornately engraved horse poised on a hinged stainless steel watch cover. Each watch cover was hand engraved by master Italian craftsmen whom literally carve grooves into the stainless steel covers using a sparsello (a handcrafting tool). The skilled Panerai craftsmen then took fine threads of gold and inlaid them into the carved grooves gently hammering them to permanently secure them in place. The result, a visually stunning timepiece masterfully designed to depict the Year of the Horse.
Panerai Luminor Sealand features a 44mm diameter grey dial with Panerai’s traditional small seconds subdial and date. It has a brushed AISI 316L stainless steel case which houses Panerai’s in-house COSC certified OP III caliber (automatic movement) with a power reserve of 42 hours. It has a soft brown leather strap with a market value of $23,900. Panerai Luminor Sealand is limited to 100 pieces.
Cartier Santos-Dumont captures the spirit of the Year of the Horse, made using two micro-mosaic techniques to depict the image of a regal white horse made of irregular shaped tesserae and a background comprised of fine Earth, Kalahari and grey Madagascar jaspers, chocolate obsidian and pink opal gemstones. Each piece required man-hours of no less than 120 hours of work, with 50 hours dedicated to the construction of the horse and 70 hours to complete the background.
Santos-Dumont Year of the Horse is a member of the Cartier d’Art collection. It is designed with Cartier’s signature tank style frame in 18k white gold embellished with baguette-cut diamonds. It has an 18k white gold case which houses a caliber 430 MC – mechanical movement. Cartier Santos-Dumont baguette-cut diamond watch is limited to only 10 pieces, it is also available in an 18K white gold tank version without diamonds which is limited to only 40 pieces.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Horse watch features such a vibrantly sculpted horse that it practically gallops off the dial. Vacheron Constantin’s established market relationship with China has existed since 1845 and is further enriched with its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection. Vacheron Constantin watch artisans mastered the Chinese arts of Jianzhi (paper-cutting) and iconography, translating them to reflect in the designs of their Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection.
Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse watch is a special limited edition timepiece crafted in 18K 5N pink gold (Reference 86073/000R-9831) or platinum (Reference 86073/000P-9832) 12 pieces each. The 40mm round brown or blue dial features an engraved horse centered on the dial surrounded by iconography designed bamboo leaves. Four apertures on the dial present the hour, minutes, seconds and the date. It houses caliber 2460 G4, a mechanical self-winding movement which has a 22K gold oscillating weight. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per minutes and is Hallmark of Geneva Certified.