Mon­key­ing Around

At­tract luck and pros­per­ity in the Year of the Mon­key with th­ese cheer­ful ac­ces­sories

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

he ninth of the 12 an­i­mals com­pris­ing the Chi­nese zodiac, the mon­key is a sym­bol of in­tel­li­gence, cu­rios­ity and play­ful­ness. Watch­mak­ers have taken th­ese at­tributes to heart with a se­lec­tion of fun and artis­tic time­pieces in time to ring in the Lu­nar New Year.

Adding to its Métiers d’art: The Leg­end of the Chi­nese Zodiac col­lec­tion, Vacheron Constantin of­fers two new mod­els for the Year of the Mon­key, each lim­ited to 12 pieces. The time­pieces show­case a Chi­nese pa­per­cut­ting tech­nique known as jianzhi, re­alised via en­grav­ing and grand feu enam­elling. The watches are equipped with the 2460 G4 self-wind­ing cal­i­bre with hours, min­utes, day of the week and date aper­tures. Bear­ing the Geneva Seal, th­ese new cre­ations come in plat­inum and pink gold.

Harry Win­ston in­ter­prets jianzhi through gold ap­pliqué and cut­work in the Premier Mon­key Au­to­matic 36mm watch. It fea­tures a small open­worked gold mon­key, whose tail is wrapped around an emer­ald-cut di­a­mond at 12 o’clock. The mon­key is set on a pink moth­erof-pearl dial with golden flecks.

At Chopard, this year’s Chi­nese zodiac watch shows a pop­u­lar scene be­lieved to bring good luck: a mon­key on a tree pick­ing peaches. The dial is hand­crafted in Ja­pan by Mi­nori Koizumi, a mas­ter of the Ja­panese lacquer art known as urushi. The process is su­per­vised by award-win­ning artist Ki­ichiro Ma­sumura. The L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Mon­key comes in an 18K rose gold case mea­sur­ing 39.5mm and hous­ing a self-wind­ing move­ment.

Mean­while, Montblanc presents a unique lim­ited edi­tion foun­tain pen with mon­key re­liefs on the ster­ling sil­ver cap and en­grav­ing on the 18K gold nib.

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