In contrast to our Western custom of celebrating New 12 months on a hard and fast date, the Chinese language have fun the date on the second new Moon after the winter solstice. In 2022, Chinese language New 12 months will fall on the 1st of February and with it a altering of the guard for one of many 12 animals of the Chinese language zodiac. Forsaking the 12 months of the Ox, 2022 welcomes the 12 months of the Tiger, an animal revered in China because the king of all beasts. Because the 12 months of the Snake in 2013, Chopard has celebrated the Chinese language New 12 months with splendid timepieces devoted to the zodiac animal and adorned with the ancestral Asian strategy of Urushi lacquer. As in previous years, the watch chosen to host the art work is the ultra-thin and chic 39.50mm L.U.C XP in moral 18k rose gold.
The 12 months of the Tiger
A recurrent determine in Chinese language artwork, the tiger is related to braveness, confidence, fortune and intelligence. Catalogued in Chopard’s Métiers d’Artwork part, the roaring tiger and the wealthy background surroundings on the dial is hand made utilizing an Urushi lacquer base. The lacquer is obtained from the sap of the Chinese language lacquer tree, and the vigorous particulars of the dial are accentuated with a sprinkling of gold mud (Make-e). As soon as once more, the 88 dials of the 12 months of the Tiger have been entrusted to grasp lacquer artist Minori Koizumi of the century-old Yamada Heiando Imperial lacquerware workshops.
The case is carved from a block of 18k moral rose gold and has a diameter of 39.5mm and an ultra-thin profile of simply 6.80mm. The slim polished bezel ensures a broad dial opening to benefit from the surroundings, whereas the case flanks are adorned with a vertical satin brush. To match the elegant rose gold case, the Dauphine hour and minute arms are gilded.
The slimness of the case is achieved due to the extraordinarily skinny 3.30mm L.U.C 96.17-L automated motion, which might be seen via the exhibition caseback. Produced in-house, the calibre is provided with an off-centred micro-rotor made from 22k gold. The load of the gold rotor ensures the environment friendly winding of the 2 stacked barrels (Chopard Twin know-how) that ship a 65-hour energy reserve. Ornamental thrives embody Côtes de Genève on the bridges and round graining on the bottom plate.
The watch is offered on a hand-stitched blue alligator leather-based strap with a refined 18k moral rose gold pin buckle. Restricted to 88 items, the L.U.C XP Urushi 12 months of the Tiger retails for EUR 22,900.
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