News, Time

Auspicious Time to Let the Dogs Out

Auspicious Time to Let the Dogs Out

As man’s best friend, the affable dog is naturally the most beloved and popular of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Loyal to a fault, it travels wherever you go, even on the wrist (at least for 2018) as watchmakers continue their annual tradition of depicting these totemic beasts on dials. 

METIERS D’ARTTHE LEGEND OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC – year of the dogHere, take Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” series, which portrays the dog’s noble disposition through an alliance of artistic crafts. A handsome setter, sculpted and hand-engraved in platinum or pink gold, takes pride of place at the centre of a blue or bronze-toned grand feu enamel dial, while surrounding foliage is etched to resemble the Chinese paper-cutting technique Jianzhi.

J005013219_PETITE_HEURE_MINUTE_DOGJaquet Droz offers two renditions of the playful Pekingese on its Petite Heure Minute timepiece. One is a miniature painting; hand-painted using grand feu enamel in a watercolour style that echoes Chinese calligraphy, the pooch is found wandering in a natural landscape of rocks and plants. The other is a miniature sculpture of the toy dog in mid-leap, carved in decorative yellow gold and set against a backdrop of radiant red (the dial is made of the Sonora Sunrise variety of cuprite from Mexico) for good fortune.

Classico_8152-111-2_DOG_PR_Light_BlackUlysse Nardin brings a fiery Akita to frolicsome life through its in-house mastery of the centuries-old craft of champlevé enamelling. A brilliant hound with flaming fur outlined in gold emerges, paws padding and tail wagging in the deep blue outdoors.

PAM00858 - PRESSFinally, Panerai captures a retriever’s likeness on the cover of its special edition Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. Hand-adorned by Italian master engravers using the ancient technique of “sparsello” (named after the special tool used in the process), gold threads are meticulously inlaid onto the engraved steel lid to outline a dog in a field of plum flowers.

And the Award Goes To

We take a look at the best and brightest of Baselworld 2018 and hand out the highest honours in watchmaking without the star-studd ..

Editor's Pick -
Members Only: Bulgari x Supercar Owners Circle

Automobiles and timepieces: mechanical marvels that fuel the nerdgasms of men with cash to burn.

Time -
Presley Gerber's Choice: Omega Railmaster

Presley Gerber proves that good taste — like good genes — runs in the family as he picks the Omega Railmaster as his choice fo ..

Time -
Watch Out: 7 Coolest Timepiece Collaborations

With rumours of a Rolex X Supreme collaboration dropping in 2018 (how sick would that be?), we take a look at the freshness of hor ..

Time -
Jake Gyllenhaal Fronts Santos De Cartier

Suave, charming, and armed with the iconic Santos de Cartier watch, you’re looking at Cartier’s latest campaign star, Jake Gyl ..

News -
Bulgari's Octo Original Commands Presence

Bulgari hit a horological renaissance with its trilogy of Octo Finissimo record breakers, but beyond the impressive ultra-thin wat ..

News -
A New Direction with the Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection

With a new CEO at the helm, Breitling revisits the past to gain broader appeal with its debut Navitimer 8 collection.

News -
Introducing Octo Roma — A softer addition to Bulgari's Octo collection

The Octo Roma presents a softer side to the razor-sharp design of its octagonal originator.

News -