Harry Winston | Premier Chinese New Year limited watch

To welcome the arrival of the year of the rat in the Chinese lunar calendar, Harry Winston has unveiled an exquisite and elegant rose gold premier timepiece in a limited edition of just eight (the lucky number in Chinese numerology) pieces. This premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm features a vibrant red mother-of-pearl dial, with an artful silhouette of a rat, paying tribute to the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting. A promise to bring good luck to the fortunate few.

Zodiac and auspicious colors

The year 2020 coincides with the year of the rat in the traditional Chinese zodiac. The rat is the first animal in the 12-year cycle, symbolizing wealth, prosperity, wisdom and vitality. The red color was chosen because it represents happiness and luck and is supposed to ward off evil. Combined with gold, the symbol of good fortune, and the rat this watch is a true good luck charm.

Paper cutting tradition

Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm - © Harry Winston The Premier Collection™

Inspired by the delicate art of Chinese paper cutting (jianzhi), Harry Winston explored this practice with precious gold against the red beaded mother-of-pearl background, creating a subtle balance of negative and positive space. The rat comes to life in one piece of 18-karat rose gold, an astonishing work of precision.

Classic Harry Winston Cluster

Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm - © Harry Winston The Premier Collection™

"Clustering", or grouping together varying diamond cuts, is a House Tradition at Harry Winston. Eight marquise-cut diamonds frame a round brilliant diamond center stone creating a three-dimensional effect and optical illusion of depth to accentuate the body of the rat. Seven brilliant-cut diamonds serve as indexes on the hours and minutes counter and at 12:00 on the dial, resides a single emerald-cut diamond, the late Harry Winston’s favorite cut, indicating the presence of a mechanical automatic movement.

The watch case measures 36mm and is made of 18K rose gold, set with 57 round brilliant-cut diamonds, including truncated diamonds on the crown and tips of the lugs. On the back of the case the mechanical automatic movement is visible through the sapphire crystal. Fitted with a flat silicon balance spring to ensure precision, the timepiece offers 68 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 30 meters and is finished with a red alligator strap with a rose gold ardillon buckle set with, again, 17 diamonds.

Exclusive limited edition

Limited to just eight pieces, the Premier Chinese New Year timepiece from Harry Winston breathes class and sophistication while yet at the same time the symbolism epitomizes the apogee of good fortune. The watch is presented in a beautiful red box with golden lotus flowers and the celebrated rat. What better way to start this New Year with good luck on your side.
Janvier 2020
By Luxe Magazine