The romantic legend behind Qixi Festival (七夕節)—also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day—is a tale for the ages.
Niulang, a cowherd, fell in love with Zhinü, the seventh daughter of the sky goddess and a cloud-weaver, who had descended from the heavens to find her happily ever after. Disappointed with their relationship, the sky goddess whisked her daughter back to her celestial home. Niulang put heaven and Earth together in a bid to find Zhinü, but failed to reach her—and this act of love invoked the sympathy of the magpies. They formed a bridge in the sky to reunite the two, allowing them to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every year.
This year, Qixi Festival falls on August 4. With the festival being a popular time to present loved ones with thoughtful gifts, here’s a round-up of our favourite precious jewellery and timeless watches that will help you profess your love in style.
Harry Winston’s Premier Sweet Stars Automatic 36mm pays tribute to the tale behind the Qixi Festival. Two superimposed stars on a pastel-shaded mother-of-pearl dial is a nod to the union between the lovers, while the Milky Way is illustrated by three diamond-studded arcs on the dial. The scattered brilliant cut diamonds and rubies, meanwhile, are a symbol of the magpies in the tale. Powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, the watch has an 18-karat rose-gold skeletonised rotor; Côtes de Genève, or Geneva stripes; and a pink pearl alligator leather strap. Only seven of the watch have been made available, making it a much-coveted gift.