The year of the monkey
The year 2016 is the year of the Monkey, in accordance with the Chinese zodiac. The monkey ranks ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.
This makes it a perfect occasion to gift watches which commemorate the year! Watch brands have created timepieces with specially designed dials interpreting the monkey in ways that are historically and culturally meaningful.
Look at these watches and witness the immense creativity that the watch industry harbours!
Altiplano Cloisonné Enamel watch
The dial becomes a canvas for the great Grand Feu cloisonné enamelling tradition. Charming yet mischievous, the monkey is portrayed in the signature style of the collection defined by a vivid combination of black and white, as well as the countless details that give the motif life-like qualities. Adding fire and brilliance to a spectacular celebration of the Chinese New Year, the purity and vibrancy of the enamel work is enhanced by Piaget’s gem-setting expertise with the 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds. The intricate dial conceals a Piaget 430P hand- wound mechanical manufacture movement. The watch is limited to just 38 pieces.
The playful and happy spirit of the monkey is the essence of this watch. Designed in a comic strip-like style to best capture the lively creature’s character, the dial is the centre of attention as the monkey appears to leap through a brush of palm fronds. The lithe body comes to life with the champlevé method of enamelling- a rare art form. The watch is in a limite
d edition of 88 pieces in 18-carat rose gold. Features include the self-winding UN-815 movement and COSC-certified chronometer. A joyful timepiece, one cannot help but smile when checking the time.
Métiers d’Art La légende du zodiaque chinois
This popular series is enhanced with the sign of the monkey. Two new creations, realised in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of Calibre 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts. The paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi, is highlighted in the collection with a fresh interpretation. The foliage motif appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography is etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial. Grand Feu enamelling enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. The monkey, made of platinum or gold, is hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial centre. The central motif and four apertures around it give the dial stage a wonderful appearance.