Chinese New Year

The eye of the tiger

Unleash your inner tiger with our selection of Chinese New Year watches. The year of the tiger will start next February 1st and it’s the perfect occasion for watchmakers to show off their handcrafted and technic savoir-faire, but also to attract their precious Asian customers.

By Chloé Redler

BLANCPAIN – Villeret Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel: a very complex calibre

La Villeret Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel de Blancpain
Powered by the automatic movement 3638, the Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel is an exclusive complication developed by the Manufacture Blancpain after five years of research and development. 

A new Chinese year has begun, and thus a new Blancpain watch has been revealed. Indeed, the watchmaking brand has unveiled its new Traditional Chinese Calendar. While honouring the Chinese zodiac sign and celebrating the Chinese New Year in its own way. The expert hands of the manufacture’s craftsmen thus engraved the feline, discreetly nestled on the case back, on the gold oscillating weight of the automatic calibre. The Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel is also an exclusive complication by Blancpain, developed after five years of research.  

La Villeret Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel de Blancpain au calibre d'une grande complexité
To celebrate the transition to the year of the tiger, Blancpain has developed a new edition of its iconic Villeret watch. A platinum version with a white “grand feu” enamel dial, and also a gold oscillating weight on which a majestic tiger is engraved. 

Indeed, besides a Gregorian calendar, the white “grand feu” enamel dial displays the Chinese calendar main indicators: dual time, the day, the month and intercalary months, the Zodiac signs, the five elements, Celestial stem and a moonphase. A 45mm “double pomme” case (characteristic of the Villeret collection models) made of platinum also protects the extremely complex watchmaking.

Edition limited up to 50 pieces

Price: € 61,870

45mm platinum case
Traditional Chinese Calendar
Gregorian Calendar
Power reserve of 168 hours
Gold oscillating weight set with a ruby from Madagascar
White “grand feu” enamel dial


BREGUET – Classique 7145: the guillochage and hand-engraving art

The Métiers d’Art by Breguet

The Manufacture Breguet gift us with a remarkable illustration of its Métiers d’Art expertise, more specifically the guillochage and hand-engraving. A savoir-faire rooted in the Maison’s DNA since its creation in 1775 and carried throughout the years. 

L'édition spéciale nouveau chinois année du Tigre de la Breguet Classique 7145
The Breguet Classique 7145 dial celebrates the guillochage and hand-engraving savoir-faire of the Maison.

Captured inside a 40mm rose gold case, the tiger seems however to be walking freely on the dial thanks to an impressive work on perspective. In fact, this unique bas-relief technic results from a whole week of work, carved by a master engraver who needs to prepare many layers for this outcome. 

Édition spéciale nouvel an chinois, la Classique 7145 illustre l'art du guillochage et de la gravure chez Breguet
The watch displays many signature features from the collection: engraved logo and blued steel open-tipped hands.

Firstly, he delineates the tiger’s and background’s contours on the gold dial. Then, he colours it in black to accentuate the contrast. Finally, guilloché segments are hand-engraved to accentuate the drawing’s precision. That is a successful challenge on a very small surface, on which the feline seems to move towards us. 

Edition limited to 8 pieces

Price upon request

Rose gold case, fluted caseband
Diameter: 40 mm
Water-resistance: 30 mm
Gold dial engraved by hand and decorate with hand-guilloché, separation contours engraved by hand and black galvanic treatment 
Blued steel Breguet hands
Ultra-thin automatic movement (2,4 mm)
Inverted in-line lever escapement, with silicon horns and balance spring
Calibre 502.3
3Hz frequency
Power reserve of 45 hours
162 components
Leather bracelet with rose gold pin buckle


SWATCH – Big Bold Tiger Power 2022: you inner tiger!

Another universe but also very creative, Swatch has revealed its watch celebrating the year of the tiger. The 47mm diameter Big Bold in bio ceramic is indeed the model that has been chosen for the Tiger Power 2022, with highly symbolic colours.

La nouvelle Big Bold Tiger Power 2022 annonce l'année du Tigre.
The new Big Bold Tiger Power 2022 in bioceramic announces the year of the tiger.

The golden dial with a origami tiger’s head created using a 3D technic is a reference to wealth, while the red crown, loops and hands symbolises joy, happiness, luck and vitality.

La Big Bold Tiger Power 2022 en biocéramique
The Tiger Power 2022 is very stylish and holds many symbols, it can be worn even by those who were not born on the tiger’s year.

Also, the bio-sourced matte black colour of the bracelet, the case and the bezel represents immortality, knowledge, stability and power. Available in a special box, this model will certainly bring luck to its future owner. 

Price: € 150


VACHERON CONSTANTIN – Métiers d’Art – The Legend of The Chinese Zodiac – Year of Tiger: the alliance of the Métiers d’Art

Les deux nouvelles éditions Métiers d'Art La légende du zodiaque chinois
Vacheron Constantin is expanding its Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection with two editions in platinum and rose gold.

In our article, It’s time for the year of the rat!, we mentioned the inspiration of “jianzhi”. That is an ancestral Chinese paper-cutting technique on this highly artistic collection from Vacheron Constantin. Indeed, the master craftsmen have engraved directly onto the dial’s surface some plant motifs from Chinese iconography. The vegetation seems to float in relief on a dial crafted in “grand feu” enamel, another artisanal process that requires precision and dexterity.

Le calibre 2460 G4 de la Métiers d'Art La légende du zodiaque chinois
The gold oscillating weight is decorated with a motif inspired by the Maltese cross.

In blue or bronze, the dial features a hand-engraved platinum or rose gold tiger, surrounded by four apertures displaying the hours, minutes, day of the week and date for an intuitive time reading. With a 40 mm diameter, both versions are certified with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève and feature an automatic caliber with a gold oscillating weight decorated with a motif inspired by the Maltese cross.

Limited edition of 12 pieces for each model

Price upon request

Calibre 2460G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Self-winding mechanical movement
Power reserve: 40 hours
Certified Poinçon de Genève
40-mm diameter case in platinum or in 18K 5N rose gold 
Transparent case back, sapphire glass
Water-resistant up to 3 bar
18K gold dial, hand engraved, grand feu enamel
Engraved tiger in platinum or in 18K 5N rose gold 
Mississippiensis alligator dark blue or dark brown bracelet, hand-stitched, saddle finish, alligator leather inner shell
Platinium or 18K 5N rose gold deployant buckle


PIAGET – Chinese New Year 2022: the enamel in all its splendour

Piaget’s art of enameling.

Piaget also presents its special Chinese New Year edition with an Altiplano model. Indeed, housed in a 38 mm diameter white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds, the dial features a roaring tiger in cloisonné “grand feu” enamel.

Piaget présente sa montre Altiplano orné d'un tigre rugissant en émail cloisonné grand feu.
Piaget presents its Altiplano watch adorned with a roaring tiger in cloisonné “grand feu” enamel.

Masterfully crafted by Anita Porchet, the Maison’s famous enameler, this decorative art consists in transferring the design on the dial using fine gold ribbons. When applied in this way, they create miniature partitions in which enamel pigments are placed.

L'émail cloisonné chez Piaget
The cloisonné technique consists in transferring the pattern on the dial with gold ribbons creating small partitions, or cloisons, in which the enamel is placed.

As a true goldsmith piece, the dial is then fired several times at temperatures between 820°C and 850°C according to the desired shade by the “master enameller”. In short, a pure marvel.

Limited edition of 38 pieces

Price upon request

18K white gold 
Case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds
Dial with cloisonné “grand feu” enamel by Anita Porcet representing a tiger from the Chinese zodiac
Manufacture Piaget ultra-thin manual-winding 430P movement
Functions: Hours, minutes
Alligator strap with 18K white gold ardillon buckle


HARRY WINSTON – Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36 mm: red and diamonds

La Premier Chinese New Year Automatic d'Harry Winston
The Premier Chinese New Year Automatic.

Jeweler-watchmaker Harry Winston presents not an adult tiger, but two tiger cubs at the center of the dial of its new 36mm Premier Chinese New Year Automatic edition. Each miniature feline is also adorned with small diamonds eyes in rose gold, where red beaded mother-of-pearl has been added in the cut-out areas shaped by artisans to recreate the famous tiger tawny coat. As a nod to the Maison’s heritage and also in tribute to creative director Ambaji Shinde, two pink and purple mother-of-pearl peonies adorn the tiger cubs.

La nouvelle Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36 mm d'Harry Winston
Rose gold and red beaded mother-of-pearl dress the tawny coat of each baby tiger.

Three rose gold rosettes set with a central diamond are featured, inspired by the floral motif on the grand entryway leading into Harry Winston’s 5th Avenue salon, in New York. Paired with a shiny red alligator strap, the watch is also powered by a beautifully crafted Swiss-made mechanical automatic movement fitted with a non-magnetic silicon balance spring. Reliability and jewellery merge together to ensure its future owner luck and prosperity.

Limited edition of 8 pieces

Price upon request

Calibre HW2014
Mechanical automatic winding
Silicon balance spring
18K rose gold skeletonized rotor, circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, circular graining
Power reserve up to 68 hours
Functions: excentered hours and minutes
18K rose gold case set with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant up to 3 bar
Red, pink, purple and green beaded mother-of-pearl case, 65 brilliant-cut diamonds and one emerald-cut diamond
Shiny red alligator strap
18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 17 brilliant-cut diamonds


LOUIS VUITTON – Tambour Horizon Light Up: a technology jewel

Louis Vuitton présente la montre Tambour Horizon Light Up
Customizable, the Tambour Horizon Light Up watch displays an adorable feline with its Vuitton bag.

The Tambour Horizon Light Up is a great success, to sum up. Even with many offers on the market of the digital watch, it still draws particular attention, thanks to its atypical dial. Indeed, the touchscreen face is one with the case middle for a guaranteed “trompe-l’oeil” effect. Around the edge, you will also find 24 LEDs backlight Monogram flowers – Louis Vuitton’s signature. Customisable, it offers eight display themes that can be modified by its owner among eleven colour gradations. A real digital rainbow!

L'édition spéciale nouvel an chinois de la Tambour Horizon Light Up
The Tambour Horizon Light Up has a new silhouette inspired by the convex case of the Tambour collection.

Just like the model dedicated to the Chinese New Year with its adorable tiger, Louis Vuitton can thus decline its Tambour Horizon Light Up at will. This special 44-mm diameter edition wears polished steel, and is also available with a red leather strap. iOs, Android and Harmony compatible.

Price: from € 2,850


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