Celebrate the start of a new 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle with these Year of the Rat limited watches.
With 2020 upon us, it’s almost time to start with the Chinese New Year celebrations, and that includes making sure you are dressed for the occasion. But 2020 isn’t just the start of a new year, it’s also the start of a whole new decade and the start of a new 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. And what better way to celebrate the special occasion than with your favorite luxury watches inspired by the Year of the Rat?
Since the rat is the first of all zodiac animals, it seems quite fitting that it is the main highlight of various luxury watch brands. Each design features a unique representation of the Rat with different materials. Some of the biggest names in the industry include Panerai, Chopard, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget.
Be sure to scroll down and take a look at the full list of Year of the Rat luxury watches you can put on this Chinese New Year.
Panerai Luminor Sealand
Panerai puts the Chinese Zodiac calendar in full swing with its Luminor Sealand which encompasses a detailed, articulate design on the front cover. The decoration has been hand engraved by Italian master craftsmen using the ancient art of sparsello. Underneath the beautifully crafted engraving is a signal mirror, which protects the 44mm gray dial with luminous SuperLumiNova dots.
Blancpain Métiers d’Art Porcelain
The Swiss luxury watchmaker unveils its latest timepiece in the form of Blancpain Métiers d’Art Porcelaine with its very first porcelain dial. It features hand-painted enamels featuring three rats foraging for fruit. The watch itself is a 33mm white gold case with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel. Each of the eight unique pieces of this limited edition will be presented with an alligator strap.
Since 2012, Piaget has been one of the few Swiss luxury watchmakers to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a different limited edition of the Altiplano inspired by Chinese astrology. This year, it pays homage to the Year of the Rat with a “Grand Feu” cloisonné enamel by artist Anita Porchet. Its delicate 38mm white gold case is adorned with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds while the dial features delicate light gray tones with two silver Rats. This watch is also very limited to just 38 pieces in the world.
Chopard LUC XP Urushi
Chopard’s version of his Year of the Rat watch is a limited edition LUC XP Urushi in 18k rose gold. Chopard collaborated with Yamada Heinado, a Japanese lacquer specialist to create the artisanal dial. On it, a golden rat perches on top of an ear of corn with a persimmon right next to it. This symbolizes abundance and longevity respectively, while the colors used – blue, green and gold – symbolize good luck.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Legend
Vacheron Constantin is one of two luxury watchmakers on this list to present its Year of the Rat themed timepiece in two different hues – blue and bronze. However, that’s not what makes it an eye-catching piece. This is due to its homogeneous blend of two traditional crafts: Swiss and Chinese paper cutting techniques. The grand feu enamel is put to good use, allowing a contrasting background with the hand-engraved Rat.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute
In the process, Jacquet Droz presents four different versions of its latest Petite Heure Minute timepiece to mark the Year of the Rat. This one is divided into two different models, each of which comes with two pairs. The first pair comes in two sizes (35mm and 39mm) and features the watchmaker’s signature grand feu enamel that showcases a pair of rats munching on pomegranates. The next pair showcases a more 3D approach with a singular Golden Rat on the dial, which is a mixture of painting and onyx engraving. It is only available at 41mm in rose gold or white gold. Each watch is limited to just 28 pairs worldwide.
Harry Winston First Chinese New Year Automatic
This limited edition Harry Winston watch gives it a boost with an 18k rose gold case that features over 100 brilliant-cut diamonds. But it’s on the dial where the intricate details really shine. The design is inspired by jianzhi, the Chinese paper-cutting technique that was developed during the Tang Dynasty. Its bright red painted mother-of-pearl dial features the Rat in a delicate pearl design with diamonds all around. The dial comes in a shade of red, which represents luck and happiness to go with gold to symbolize good fortune. There are only eight coins made, which is also the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.