(Main picture: Harry Winston’s stunning time piece. (Above) Piaget’s ode to the Ox
If you had to get an ox which one would it be? The adorable cartoon ox with its LV Malletier handbag? Harry Winston’s impressive diamond studded poser? Chopard’s dedicated farmworker? Or Piaget’s muscled, but sombre, work of art?
The special edition, ultra-thin Altiplano timepiece with a grand-feu cloisonné dial featuring an ox, has been crafted by the celebrated master-enameller, Anita Porchet. This 4000-year-old decorative art technique starts with a transfer of the design onto the surface of the dial using gold ribbons to create miniature partitions, or cloisons, in which the different enamel pigments are placed. The dial is then fired in the kiln multiple times. Once finished, the dial is varnished, and the image is captured infinitely. This ultra-thin 38mm timepiece comes in an 18-karat white gold case adorned with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.71 ct.) and is powered by the brand’s exceptional 430P hand-wound movement that measures a mere 2.1mm in thickness. It is paired with an elegant black leather strap that is fitted with an 18-karat white gold pin buckle.
The brand celebrates this Lunar New Year with a delightful rendering of the Ox carrying a monogrammed bag from the brand’s Malletier range on the face of its 42mm Connected Tambour Horizon watch. This Ox is placed on the dial over a red and gold LV monogrammed background. Fixed to a brown monogrammed brow leather strap the 42 mm sandblasted steel case has a matte brown PVD finishing. Water-resistant up to 30 metres, with a battery life of 22 hours, the watch iscompatibleWith Android 4.3+ and iOS9+ smartphones. Plus, once we begin jet setting the add on features will come into play: ‘My Flight’, a city guide app, a 24-hour watch face with 24 time zones, plus weather and temperature monitor. Also available in polished steel, matte black or white ceramic.
This is a stunning time piece from Harry Winston’s premier collection. The ox is a bold, poser with a stag like demeanour in diamonds emblazoned on a red mother-of-pearl landscape. This rose gold 36mm automatic is a limited edition of just eight pieces.
The brand honours the Ox with an 88-piece special edition L. U. C XP Urushi. The ox created by Chopard’s Japanese lacquer masters depict the hardworking farm animal drawing a cart creating a direct link between humble labour and earned prosperity. The 39.5mm watch is powered by an ultra-thin L.U.C 96.17-L in-house movement. The dial is designed and created by Japanese master lacquer artisans who have used the sap from the Urushi tree for painting which also combines the Japanese technique of Maki-e – gold dust added to the lacquer. The dials are made in the workshops of the century-old company Yamada Heiando and are individually painted by lacquer artist Minori Koizumi.
(Below) Chopard and Louis Vuitton celebrate the Year of the Ox