Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year. In celebration, some top watch brands demonstrate their artistic expertise in horology by unveiling stunning watches dedicated to this Year of the Goat — the eighth symbol in the Chinese Zodiac.
Vacheron Constantin, for instance, continues its Métiers d’Arts Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection with the unveiling of two new "Year of the Goat" watches. Offered in either pink gold or platinum (just 12 of each), the Métiers d’Arts watch features a stunning goat in the dial center, surrounded by a leaf motif etched directly in the metal.
The goat is created in gold and worked in relief so that the hairs on the goat's coat are less than a millimeter thick. Following the sculpting of gold, the watch dial is individually enameled using the Grand Feu technique – applying layer after layer of enamel to achieve the desired effect.
Making the watch even more special is the fact that it is a hands-free timepiece. The hours, minutes, day and date are seen via apertures on the dial. It is powered by the Caliber 2460 G4 mechanical movement and holds the Hallmark of Geneva certification.
Another master at the arts of horology is Jaquet Droz, which has created gold goats in relief on the dial of the Petite Heure Minute Ateliers d’Arts Year of the Goat watches. The brand offers two different versions — one in rose gold and one in white gold — with three-dimensional goats positioned at 6:00. The goats sit among Chinese plum blossoms that are depicted on the dial in champlevé enamel against a background of either white mother of pearl or black onyx. The watch is powered by the Jaquet Droz 2653 automatic movement. Just 28 pieces of each version will be made.