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, all the more better to bedazzle your guests this Lunar New Year.
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.
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.
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. You could be your own queen this Lunar New Year with this watch.
Drop by your nearest boutique to pick up a new red watch to pair with your Lunar New Year outfit.