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in this issue ASA BUTTERFIELD BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Watch Brands Have Started Celebrating 2017 Chinese New Year with Stunning Pieces

Christmas isn’t here yet, much less the New Year. But, after all that’s been happening in 2016, you can’t blame anyone for wanting to get to 2017 already

 

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rooster

 

Enter Vacheron Constantin! The Swiss watch manufacturer has unveiled a new Chinese New Year-themed watch: Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rooster. Since it’s going to be the Year of the Rooster starting January 28, 2017, the image of said animal decorates the watch, which will be available in two styles: Platinum and pink gold.

 

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rooster Platinum

 

What makes this Vacheron Constantin piece more special is the techniques used by the watchmakers. The Scherenschnitt paper-cutting in Swiss culture is reinterpreted by the artisans to create the motif seen on the dial. The other technique is the Grand Feu enameling, which is famous for its complicated nature (more on this technique here).

The watch is limited to 12 pieces only.

 

Chopard

 

Joining in the early celebration is Chopard, which has made a Chinese New Year version of its L.U.C XP Urushi watch. To create the watch, Chopard is incorporating elements from multiple cultures, namely Swiss, Chinese and Japanese.

To create the dial of L.U.C XP Urushi – Year of the Rooster, Chopard has enlisted the help of Master Kiichiro Masumura, an expert in Japanese-style lacquer technique or “Urushi.” Masters of Urushi uses sap of “Japanese varnish” tree to “trap” the mother-of-pearl fragments on the dial.

 

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