Cover The zodiac animal appears proud and majestic in Vacheron Constantin's festive Métiers d’Art watch

With traits like strength, power and confidence, the Tiger lends these watches an unmistakable sense of vigour and virility

February 1, 2022 marks the first day of the new Chinese calendar. This year’s zodiac animal is the Tiger with the Water element, and this combination is said to possess high self-esteem and learning ability, in addition to the dominant traits of bravery, confidence and boldness. 

All these qualities are conveyed through these luxury watches that look as regal and striking as the jungle beast itself.

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

Working with the workshops of Yamada Heiando, each L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Tiger dial is meticulously crafted by master lacquer artist Minori Koizumi using the ancient urushi technique. It involves the use of lacquer made from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree; each layer of lacquer is dusted gold flakes for a vibrant backdrop. The watch comes with 39.5mm 18k rose gold case and endowed with the ultra-thin self-winding L.U.C 96.17-L movement. It is limited to 88 (incidentally, an auspicious in Chinese culture) pieces.

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Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Tiger

The delicately hand-engraved Tiger is applied onto the gold dial, which itself is a magnificent work of art. The vegetal motifs are semi-embedded on the gold base with subtle stage-setting of various accentuating reliefs for depth. The dial is then finished in grand feu enamelling, a precise art of few masters. It’s available in bronze or blue dial, with matching pink gold or platinum cases respectively. Each version is limited to 12 pieces. 

There are no hands; instead time is read via the top apertures showing the hour and minute. The bottom apertures display the day and date. 

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Ulysse Nardin Classico Tiger

The exquisite details on the dial, from the 3D-esque stars, moon and rocky surface to the golden tiger in pounce-ready stance, are the result of a combination of two enamelling techinques: champlevé and paillonné. Both centuries old, the former involves the carving of cells directly on the dial before they are filled enamel. The latter takes strips of gold or silver, and then placed one by one by hand to create the desired motif before they are sealed into place with a layer of enamel.

Limited to 88 pieces. 

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Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity Tiger

The hand-sculpted tiger painted with 36 layers of tinted translucent lacquer is made to appear to leap over the oversized tourbillon cage. There are three variations to choose from: 18k rose gold set with 643 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18k white gold set with 643 brilliant-cut diamonds, and 18k white gold set with 465 brilliant-cut black diamonds on the case and 63 green diamonds as well as 48 black diamonds on the dial.

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Piaget Altiplano Tiger

Renowned master enameller Anita Porchet is responsible for this Tiger rendition in cloisonné grand feu enamel. The watch comes in 38 mm 18K white gold case and decorated with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger

The iconic Carrera replicates the Tiger’s stripes on the dial in shades of blue. Two large apertures at 3 o’clock displays the day and date. Turn the watch around and you will find a blue Tiger on sapphire crystal. Limited to 300 pieces. 


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