The Tiger reigns supreme in 2022 as the Lunar New Year begins on February 1. Bold styles with intricate details bring to life the Chinese zodiac sign synonymous with qualities such as courage and confidence. If one of your main New Year’s resolutions is to take charge of your personal and professional life, these watch offers that convey the image of power and authority can help you lead the way.
Chopard LUC XP Urushi Year of the Tiger
It all started during the Year of the Snake in 2013, when Chopard celebrated the Chinese New Year with timepieces dedicated to the animal of the zodiac. As always, each creation is adorned with an ancestral technique of urushi lacquer, a transformative material prized for its infinite versatility that extends to all facets of Asian culture. Parked under Chopard’s Métiers d’Art section, the roaring tiger stands out this year against a rich background on the dial handcrafted using urushi lacquer background. To bring the creature to life, details are accentuated with a dusting of gold dust. Master lacquerer Minori Koizumi of the century-old Yamada Heiando Imperial lacquerware workshops was commissioned to decorate the 88 dials of the watch.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Tiger
One of the first brands to unveil its Year of the Tiger watch, Vacheron Constantin released two versions of its high-end calendar watch to pay homage to the animal that symbolizes authority and strength. The two versions of the Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac will be available in platinum or pink gold, both worn on an alligator strap matching the color of the dial. The 40mm case is fully polished, with stepped lugs typical of this series. Beneath the sapphire caseback is the automatic caliber 2460 G4, a movement certified by the Poinçon de Genève.
Ulysse Nardin Classic Tiger
The tiger seems ready to prowl, as it majestically positions itself in a mid-caracole. Crafted in 18k rose gold, the watch sports an intricate dial that brings together the arts of champlevé enamel and paillonné enamel, which uses tiny bits of gold or silver leaf to give a shimmering metallic effect. Also available in just 88 units, the masterpiece Ulysses nardinUN-815 self-winding movement with 42 hours of power reserve.
Piaget Ultra-Thin Altiplano Year of the Tiger
Showcasing the work of renowned enamel artist Anita Porchet, the elegant beast on the dial has been depicted in grand feu cloisonné enamel (a technique involving the use of extremely fine gold threads). Housed in a 38 mm 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds, this limited edition of 38 pieces is powered by the house’s ultra-thin 430P hand-wound movement. The watch is a true testament to Piagetthe art of extra-thin watchmaking, gem-setting and fine craftsmanship.
Tag Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition
To cut a dash among his stable mates, Tag Heuer sets the limited-edition watch apart with its eye-catching tiger-pattern integrated dial and matching blue calfskin strap. The “cutout” effect skilfully combines a dark slate blue brushed main surface with black recessed elements. To make the 41mm case stand out even more, a polished rose gold crown echoes the brilliance of the dial details. Turn the watch and you will discover a sapphire crystal window adorned with an illustration of a blue tiger ready to pounce.
Harry Winston First Chinese New Year Automatic 36 mm
If other brands highlight the vigor of the tiger in full screen, Harry Winston takes the whimsical route by featuring two baby tigers in 18k rose gold on the dial. They’re also surrounded by three gold rosettes, a design – inspired by the grand entrance leading to Harry Winston’s iconic Fifth Avenue drawing room – that was used in his jewelry collection. The 36mm case, adorned with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds to match the bold red dial, is a brilliant example of Harry Winston’s penchant for precious jewellery. Only eight timepieces are made for this festive occasion.
Dior Grand Soir Tiger
In an elegant depiction of the animal that adorns the coming lunar year, Dior combines the house’s refined expression of creativity and sense of color with classic horological features such as oscillating weights, bezels, calibers and dials. A 36 mm case is enhanced by a dial adorned with white and gold feathers, set with trillion-cut and marquise-cut diamonds; while the hour and minute hands are rose gold for a pop of color. On the back, the sapphire crystal is adorned with a tiger motif, revealing its automatic movement. Limited to 88 pieces only.
Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar: Year of the Tiger
A fusion of Gregorian and Chinese calendar elements housed in a platinum case looks complex, which is why Blancpain took five years of R&D to perfect. The inclusion of a lunisolar calendar is useful for determining festival dates (such as the Lunar New Year) and defining traditional Chinese months, revealed inside an aperture above 6 o’clock. The traditional Chinese calendar is presented in a 45mm shiny platinum case, adorned with a hot pink Madagascar cabochon-cut ruby set in the crown. The large cat appears on the caseback, which exposes the large platinum rotor.