Dogs: Man’s best friends, Instagram sensations, and now, stars of your latest luxury timepieces. The year of the furry four-legged critters has arrived, and with it, a slew of special edition Year of the Dog watches to commemorate 2018 and its new zodiac.
As a symbol of loyalty, reliability and unconditional love, dogs are undoubtedly the perfect subject for a watch dial, and it’ll celebrate the beginning of its reign on 16 February 2018 during the Lunar New Year. And while most prominent watch brands are from Switzerland, the massive Chinese market has spawned oriental influences on their creations, resulting in a special series of watches every year to accommodate the lavish lifestyles of their prized Eastern consumers.
Taking the baton from the rooster, these Year of the Dog watches each reinterpret the canine in unique ways, from the trusty Akita on Chopard’s L.U.C. Urushi to the playful Pekingese on Jacquet Droz piece. The zodiac series is also always a platform for these brands to brag their impeccable technique. As usual, Chopard engages its Japanese “national human treasure” to reinterpret the canine, while Panerai uses an Italian master engraver for the sparsello technique.
Here are the Year of the Dog watches that are worth a bark or two this Lunar New Year.