Invite prosperity and good fortune into your lives with these red-themed luxury watches.
Ever since we can remember, the colour red has always been synonymous with the Lunar New Year. But do you know the reason why? According to Chinese mythology, during the new year, a beast with a body of an ox and a lion’s head called Nian would come out to eat the crops and livestock of the villagers. Nian was only afraid of three things fire and noise, which is why we have firecrackers and lion dances, and also the colour red. This is why the Lunar New Year is filled with this colour and has since been associated with prosperity and happiness. In continuing this tradition, we offer you a selection of watches that comes in this auspicious colour.
Cartier Panthère Crash
Celebrating the rebirth of the Cartier’s iconic Crash watch, they have given it the Panthère treatment. For this watch, two of Cartier’s panthers seem to have a firm bite on the unorthodox shape of the Crash case. One of the heads appears fierce while the other meek. And with Cartier’s reputation as a jeweller, it comes as no surprise that both heads and the case are fully diamond-paved. The Cartier Panthère Crash also comes together with a white leather strap and it is exclusively available in Cortina Watch.
Hautlence Vortex Gamma
If you think the name Vortex Gamma sounds quite futuristic, it is definitely fitting considering that the case is made from a revolutionary composite material borrowed from the automotive and aerospace industries. It is called HLLightColor and it has the same properties to conventional metals in the watch industry but it is four times lighter than titanium. And another interesting property is that the case is charged with ceramic nanotube particles and is body tinted, allowing Hautlence to customise it based on the entire Pantone colour spectrum. This Lunar New Year, discover this striking red watch that is exclusively available in Cortina Watch.
H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Red
It is amazing how one colour can be interpreted in so many ways. Here it is seen used in the red fumé dial that has become synonymous with H. Moser & Cie. As its name suggests, the watch offers a centre seconds hand, something of a rarity among Moser’s watches, powered by the HMC 200 movement. This movement was developed and produced in-house with a regulating organ manufactured by Moser’s sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Discover the versatile red watch from H. Moser & Cie. that is exclusively available in Cortina Watch.
Bvlgari celebrates the Lunar New Year by giving their classic LVCEA watch the red treatment. To accompany the white mother-of-pearl dial set with diamond indexes, the case is made from 18 kt rose gold while the strap is in burgundy alligator leather. For the final touch of red, the crown is also adorned with synthetic cabochon-cut rubellite and a diamond.
Piaget Limelight Gala
If the name hasn’t already given it away, the unique shape of the Piaget Limelight Gala will surely suggest that it is the perfect watch for celebrations. And to celebrate the Lunar New Year, this watch is getting a burgundy coloured strap which pairs perfectly with the 18k rose gold case, and the 57 diamonds that line its unique case. Additionally, the Serti Descendu technique used to set said diamonds also give the case quite an interesting pattern on its sides.
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34
For something that stills says Lunar New Year but in a perhaps, more subtle way, is the Portofino Automatic 34 from IWC Schaffhausen. The watch is feminine and elegant with a case of 18-carat 5N gold with the matching appliqués made of solid gold and gold-plated hands. The strap is commissioned from the renowned Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni and is hand-painted in burgundy red.
Omega De Ville Trésor
Launched last year the new De Ville Trésor collection from Omega offers even more feminine beauty to its fans. These watches are made to empower female watch lovers, offering a choice of 36mm or 39mm cases, breaking the stereotype of small watches for women. Each watch comes with 38 full-cut diamonds, arranged as a curve along the sides of the case with an additional diamond on each crown, sitting within a flower made of red liquid ceramic.
Zenith Elite Classic
It is no easy feat to give minimalist watches a sense of brand identity but it seems Zenith has managed to do just that with their Elite Classic collection. It takes its design cues from the simplistic nature of bygone eras, and update it with just enough modern appeal so it never feels like an antique. The dial offers a radiant sunburst pattern enhanced by tapered hour markers that are faceted and polished. The hands are sharp and slim “Dauphine” shaped hands, a nostalgic nod to Zenith timepieces from the mid-20th century.
Breguet Reine De Naples 8918
Breguet adds a touch of crimson to their Reine de Naples 8918 model via the iconic Arabic numerals, the cabochon-cut ruby on the crown, and the Aligator leather in a similar hue. This vibrant colour is accompanied by a mother of pearl dial and the Breguet signature Clou de Paris Guilloché pattern engraved in white gold then powdered and silvered, located in the centre of the watch.
Drop by your nearest boutique to pick up a new red watch to pair with your Lunar New Year outfit.
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