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Chinese New Year: Roar into 2022 with these limited-edition feline-themed watches

Chinese New Year: Roar into 2022 with these limited-edition feline-themed watches

Cat's out of the bag

Text: Kelly Lim

Image: Dior
Image: Chopard

Year of the Tiger timekeeping from Piaget's iconic Altiplano to the bold and glamorous Premier of Harry Winston

February 1 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Water Tiger, a resolutely optimistic zodiac sign that represents courage and strength. As such, the year ahead is one of major changes and plenty of excitement, and what better way to keep track of the time than with a special-edition accessory rife with symbolic meaning?

Ahead, take your pick from these horological masterpieces crafted in celebration of the new year and in honour of the tiger:

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Tiger

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Chopard continues their annual zodiac tradition and tribute to the art of Urushi with an 88-piece limited edition L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Tiger timepiece for Chinese New Year. Housed in an ultra-thin ethical 18k rose gold case, the highly symbolic watch features a tiger flaunting its strength, perched above a bay surrounded by cliffs against a starlit, gold-sprinkled background. Once again, each dial was entrusted to the master lacquer artist Minori Koizumi of the century-old Yamada Heiando Imperial lacquerware workshops.

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Piaget Altiplano Year of the Tiger

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For Piaget's ultra-thin Altiplano zodiac timepiece, renowned enamel artist Anita Porchet has depicted the majestic tiger in cloisonne grand feu enamel on the dial that's housed in a 38mm white gold case. Crafted using the 4,000 year old art of cloisonne, which involves transferring designs onto the surface using thin gold wires to create tiny partitions, the display is on that will keep its sense of grandeur for years to come. 

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Ulysse Nardin The Classico “Tiger”

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Ulysse Nardin joins in the 2022 Lunar Year celebrations with a 88-piece special edition Classico in champlevé and paillonné enamel. What that means is that two centuries-old methods of enamelling have been used to bring a sketch of a mighty tiger to life on the dial of the breath-taking rose gold watch that houses a self-winding UN-815 movement with 42 hours of power reserve.

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Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar

A harmony of Chinese and Gregorian calendars, the Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar timepiece features a pristine dial that highlights double-hours, days, months with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial stems. The platinum-crafted watch arrives issued in 50 pieces that were all individually number and boasts a transparent caseback that shows off its beautiful self-winding 3638 movement, and an engraving of a tiger on the rotor. 

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Dior Grand Soir Tiger

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Classic horlogerie craft meets the sophisticated creativity of Dior's Maisons in the Grand Soir collection. Feminine yet feline, this particular precious timekeeper expression of creativity Feminine yet feline, the Dior Grand Soir timekeeper plays with materials in representation of the Water Tiger, featuring a sapphire crystal case-back that reveals its automatic movement. Available in a limited edition of 88 pieces and straps in either beige silk taffeta or black satin. 

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Harry Winston Premier Chinese New Year Automatic

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Available in a limited edition of eight pieces only, Harry Winston has unveiled a 35mm Premier set with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds in honour of the Year of the Tiger. Taking centerstage on the dial are two playful tiger cubs crafted from rose gold with cut-outs filled in red mother-of-peal to represent their stripes. Also featured are three gold rosettes with a diamond in the centre to reflect the patterns of the grand entryway leading into the brand's iconic flagship salon in New York City. 

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Read more Lunar New Year stories here