With 2023 being the year of the rabbit as per the Chinese calendar, and Easter just around the corner – needless to say, it’s a rabbit galore in the luxury watch market too.
In Chinese astrology, the year of the Rabbit is associated with many positive qualities and characteristics. People born in the year of the Rabbit are believed to be gentle, kind-hearted, intelligent, and peaceful. They are also thought to be hardworking and successful in their endeavors.
The Rabbit is associated with growth and abundance. It is, dare I say, associated with luxury and financial success.
Similarly, Easter has also inspired some of the most beautiful and iconic works of art in human history. The holiday’s themes of rebirth, renewal, and resurrection have been depicted in countless paintings, sculptures, and other art forms, many of which have become symbols of both religious and secular culture.
Luxury watches have long been a symbol of wealth, success, and prestige. They are very much an art form of engineering. When these worlds collide, an interesting and significant relationship emerges. In this blog post, we will explore the different watches that pay tribute to the year of the Rabbit, and the significance they hold.
Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rabbit
A part of the L.U.C. Haute Horlogerie collection and made of ethical rose gold, this Chopard timepiece celebrates the Year of the Rabbit in the form of a beautiful design on its dial. One of the standout features of the L.U.C. Haute Horlogerie collection from Chopard is its focus on sustainability. Chopard is committed to using ethical and environmentally responsible materials. The 39.5 mm diameter case on this watch makes it an ideal size for most people. The stylish design makes it ideal for the ones who wish to stand out.
#FR2NCK MULLER Vanguard
The #FR2NCK MULLER Vanguard has a bold design. The luminescent bunnies between the 6 and 9 hour mark share this property with the hands. The avant-garde aesthetic of this watch strikes instantly – this is a watch made for the modern man through and through.
Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Year of the Rabbit
This 45 mm watch is filled to the brim with features and information. One could look at the dial for hours – you can see a serpent-like blue dial emanating from the center to highlight the dates of the Gregorian calendar. The three little dials at the center highlight information about the Chinese calendar. All of this has been painted in enamel. Besides, the moon phases are also represented, as the Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. This highly functional watch is as much a work of art as a timepiece.
The real magic that drives this watch is the complex Calibre 3638 movement – it is designed to integrate the Chinese zodiac cycle.
IWC Portugieser “Chinese New Year”
The IWC Portugieser collection is a triumph of elegance and precision, a true exemplar of the horological craft. Each timepiece within this collection is a testament to the precision and expertise of IWC Schaffhausen, boasting a sophisticated design that is sure to catch the eye of any discerning connoisseur. The collection’s signature aesthetic combines classic lines with contemporary finishes, resulting in a timelessly elegant design that exudes luxury and refinement. This particular edition features a maroon dial and with a golden rabbit on the inside. The former color is a reference to how the color red represents luxury, prosperity, and joy in Chinese beliefs.
Tag Heuer Carrera Year of the Rabbit
The TAG Heuer Carrera collection is a true icon in the world of luxury watchmaking, renowned for its sporty yet sophisticated aesthetic and precision engineering, inspired by the daring spirit of motorsport. With their sleek lines, bold designs, and advanced functionality, the Carrera collection timepieces are a must-have for any watch enthusiast. This limited edition timepiece boasts a design of the rabbit on the back, in a style that is reminiscent of old Chinese art. The lines in the background almost look like vast fields. This design choice is refreshing and new, yet embodies what makes the Carrera iconic.
The Year of the Rabbit and luxury watches share a common thread of success, prosperity, and good fortune. Easter and the rabbit have inspired art since long and luxury watches are simply the modern equivalent. Having explored these special watches, we can appreciate the significance of luxury watches in Chinese culture and horology. Whether you’re a believer in astrology or not, there’s no denying the allure of a beautiful luxury watch and the feeling of success it can bring.