8 luxury watches to celebrate the Year of the Tiger with dazzling success
The tiger reigns supreme in 2022 as the Lunar New Year begins on February 1. Bold styles with intricate details breathe life into the Chinese zodiac sign which is synonymous with qualities such as courage and confidence. If taking charge of your personal and professional life is one of your top resolutions this year, these watch offerings that channel the image of power and authority can help 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 zodiac animal. As always, each creation is decorated with an ancestral technique of urushi lacquer, a transformative material prized for its infinite versatility spread across all facets of Asian culture. Parked under Chopard’s Crafts 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 sprinkle of gold dust. The master lacquerer Minori Koizumi of the century-old lacquer workshops Yamada Heiando Imperial 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 tribute to the animal that symbolizes authority and strength. The two options of the Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac will be available in platinum or in 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. Under the sapphire crystal case-back is the automatic caliber 2460 G4, a movement certified by the seal of Geneva.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Tigre
The tiger looks ready to prowl, as it positions itself majestically in the middle of a rifle. Crafted in 18k rose gold, the watch sports an intricate dial that brings together the arts of champlevé enamel and paillonne enamel, which uses tiny pieces of gold or silver leaf to give a shimmering metallic effect. Also available in just 88 units, the masterpiece boasts Ulysse Nardin’s self-winding UN-815 movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Altiplano Ultra-Thin Piaget Year of the Tiger
Showcasing the work of famous enameller Anita Porchet, the elegant beast on the dial has been depicted in cloisonné grand feu enamel (a technique involving the use of extremely fine gold threads). Housed in a 38 mm 18-karat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds, this limited edition of 38 pieces is powered by the house’s ultra-thin hand-wound 430P movement. The watch is a true testament to Piaget’s keen sense of ultra-thin horology, gem-setting and fine craftsmanship.
Tag Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition
To stand out among its stable mates, Tag Heuer distinguishes the limited edition watch with its eye-catching tiger motif integrated dial and a matching blue calfskin strap. The cut-out effect skillfully combines a deep slate blue brushed main surface with recessed elements in black. To make the 41mm case even more stand out, a polished rose gold crown echoes the sparkle of the dial details. Turn the watch and you will find a sapphire window adorned with an illustration of a blue tiger ready to pounce.
Harry Winston First Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm
While other brands showcase the vigor of the tiger, Harry Winston takes the whimsical route by featuring two 18k rose gold baby tigers on the dial. They are also surrounded by three golden rosettes, a design – inspired by the grand entrance to Harry Winston’s famous Fifth Avenue living room – which was used in his jewelry collection. The 36mm case, adorned with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds to match the bold red dial, is a shining example of Harry Winston’s penchant for precious jewelry. Only eight timepieces are made for this festive occasion.
Dior Grand Soir Tiger
In an elegant representation of the animal that adorns the coming lunar year, Dior combines the refined expression of the house’s creativity and sense of color with classic watchmaking characteristics such as oscillating masses, 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 in 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 seems complex, which is why Blancpain took five years of R&D to perfect. The inclusion of a lunisolar calendar is useful in determining the dates of festivals (such as the Lunar New Year) and defining traditional Chinese months, revealed inside a window above 6 a.m. The traditional Chinese calendar is presented in a sparkling 45mm platinum case, adorned with a cabochon-cut hot pink ruby from Madagascar set in the crown. The big cat makes an appearance on the caseback, which exposes the large platinum rotor.