As part of our “Spring Festival Spotlight” series, we’ve been highlighting the massive number of special-edition Chinese new year luxury products unveiled to celebrate the year of the horse, which include many watch models. We’ve already previously featured year of the horse watches by Vacheron Constantin and Chopard, but here is a list of several more worth mentioning.
Piaget Altiplano Chinese Zodiac Horse Model
Richemont-owned Piaget’s 38mm year of the horse creation features a design created with a cloisonné technique used by enameling artist Anita Porchet. The brand used gold wire outlining fixed with adragante gum to create the pattern. The enamel was then deposited into each of the hollow areas before firing, smoothing, and glazing. The design is outlined by 78 brilliant-cut diamonds, and the watch features an alligator-leather strap and gold pin buckle. There will be 38 pieces available in both a white gold and pink version.
Creating not one, but three horse models for the Chinese New Year, the Swiss Swatch Group brand used engraving, painting, and Grand Feu enamel to create its timepieces. In one model, an 18-carat red gold horse appears in front of the Great Wall of China, while another features two thoroughbreds painted on an ivory enamel dial. An additional model features a red gold sculpture of a mustang on a black enamel background. Each model is one of a set of 88—an auspicious number in Chinese culture, and comes in a red gold case.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse
The Swiss watch manufacturer used the champlevé method to create an image of two horses on the watch dial. The design was carved with a chisel directly onto the dial, and the hollow areas were then filled with enamel. Available in 18-carat rose gold, the watch features the self-winding UN-815 movement. Like the Jacquet Droz editions, there will be 88 pieces available.
Swatch Year of the Horse
Swatch’s 41mm black-and-white watch features a white silicone strap decorated with calligraphic artwork depicting a horse, and a splash of red on the watch hands. At $80, this piece is aimed at the mass market.