A captivating rose gold timepiece from Harry Winston's Premier collection takes on the theme of the Year of the Ox, the zodiac sign for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
The timepiece features a powerful figure of an ox set against a vivid red mother-of-pearl dial, decorated with Harry Winston diamonds.
The Premier Chinese New Year Ox is a limited edition of just eight pieces. In Chinese tradition, the number eight is the luckiest of all numbers. Another allusion to China’s rich cultural traditions is the combination of red and gold, symbolizing immense good fortune and prosperity.
The ox is seen with its left hoof in mid-air and its tail swaying in motion, giving the design a dynamic feel. The muscular silhouette of the animal, with its characteristic curved horns, strong muzzle and mighty chest, is drawn in 18-karat rose gold and then applied to the dial. Diamonds strategically placed give an additional silhouette to the bovine.
The hours and minutes are excentered and placed just below the large emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock, Mr. Winston’s favorite diamond cut. The chapter ring framing the Ox is also set with diamonds and punctuated with two brilliant-cut diamond indexes, and four applied rose gold hour markers.
The red mother-of-pearl dial and the contrasting white mother-of-pearl details of the Ox, add a soft, glowing dimension to the timepiece. Thanks to its natural iridescence, mother-of-pearl changes mood depending on the ambient light. In homage to Chinese artistic traditions, the undulating mountainous shapes in the lower half of the dial evoke the natural landscapes of traditional Chinese painting.
In all, the 18-karat rose gold 36mm timepiece boasts 57 brilliant-cut diamonds. A sapphire crystal on the reverse side reveals the high-end Swiss-made mechanical automatic movement. Fitted with a flat silicon balance spring to ensure precision over the years, the movement offers 68-hour power reserve.
On the case back, the rose gold skeletonized rotor, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated parts, and circular graining on the base plate can also be seen, as well as the engraved number for each limited edition engraved.
The Premier Chinese New Year Ox 36mm comes on a shiny red alligator leather strap to match the dial and is secured to the wrist with a rose gold ardillon buckle set with 17 brilliant-cut diamonds. It is presented in a dedicated red-lacquered gift box with golden serigraphy.