Vacheron Constantin Launches Year of the Horse Timepieces

The year of the horse will start from February 2014, replacing the actual snake sign. And the famous Swiss watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin celebrates the Chinese Zodiac with its new masterpiece. 

This marvelous extension of the renowned Métiers d’Art collection comes in two versions, either made of pink gold or platinum, each of which is limited to just 12 pieces. The two are said to draw inspiration from the art of paper-cutting, or Jianzhi, first created in China. While paper-cutting works are not featured within the 40mm case, such art form is emulated with enameling and hand-engraving works on the dial. They showcase the leaf motif, characteristic for classic Chinese iconography. The brand’s engravers created a great depth effect, while threads which represent bamboo stalks look like floating over the surface. The most impressive work is visible on the horse figure, with the every single detail executed to the perfection.

Thanks to a high-end Calibre 2460 G4, a mechanical self-winding movement,  the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch displays time and date in a truly unique way. The display of time is done through four windows showing the hour, the minutes, the day and the date respectively. 

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