Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm in rose gold. Mechanical automatic winding, 28 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour. Dial in pink mother-of-pearl and Inlaid 24K gold flecks. Sapphire crystal case backsaphir. Diameter: 36mm. Limited edition of 8 pieces.
You know it is the holiday season once again that has set upon us since the many luxury watch brands about are now offering diamonds, glitter, glitz and gold. Some, however, at the very high end also look to the Métiers d’ Arts as it relates to the Chinese New Year. Next year, beginning on February 8, 2016, ushers in the year of the Monkey.
Luxury brand and premier watchmaker Harry Winston have decided to honour the beloved, clever creature that stands for intelligence, adventure and quick wit, Harry Winston unveils the Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm watch. Part of the Premier collection, the watch features a small open-worked gold monkey whose tail is wrapped around an emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’ clock. The gold work recalls a Chinese art form known as Jianzhi, or paper cutting. It has been applied to gold in this instances and features applique’ work and gold cutting in marquise forms.
An exclusive limited edition of only eight pieces, the Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm offers an impressive pink mother-of-pearl dial, enhanced with flecks of 24K gold, each set one by one in individually carved hollows, creating a magnificent pink and gold constellation.
An 18K gold monkey with a diamond for an eye hangs delicately against this luminous backdrop, as if grasping the bezel at 9 o’clock, while his tail winds effortlessly around an emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock. By using appliqué and marquise-cut openwork, evocative of Jianzhi – a prized Chinese art form used for centuries to convey lifelong prosperity – Harry Winston’s craftsmen bring the design to life. The elaborate monkey is set against a stunning pink mother-of-pearl dial with inlaid 24-karat gold flecks. The money sports an emerald-cut diamond eye. The monkey is the ninth of the 12 animals that comprise the Chinese zodiac.
The Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm is driven by a mechanical automatic movement equipped with a flat silicon balance spring, visible through the sapphire crystal on the case back. The circular Côtes de Genève finishing is impeccably crafted. The timepiece is presented in a rose gold case that measures 36 mm in diameter and is secured by a stylish black satin strap. The bezel, lugs and ardillon buckle are set with 74 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2.47 carats that sparkle with all the fire of Harry Winston jewelry. The 36mm 18-karat rose gold watch is set with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing more than 2.3 carats, and is finished with a black satin strap with a gold and diamond-set buckle. A mechanical automatic movement that consists of 186 parts powers the Premier Monkey, including a flat silicon balance spring for optimal precision. Just eight of this limited edition watch will be made.
The Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016. The monkey is the ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and a ubiquitous symbol of Chinese culture. The Premier Collection draws on the savoir-faire of Harry Winston to offer an interpretation of this emblematic creature.