The oldest continually operating Swiss watch brand, Vacheron Constantin creates stunning Métiers d’Arts timepieces in its “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac” collection every year in honor of the Chinese New Year and this one does not disappoint. The beloved rabbit brings a beautiful presence to the dial.
Just nine of each of the 40mm watches will be made: one version is platinum with a blue dial featuring a white gold sculpted rabbit on it, and one version is rose gold with a burnished bronzed color dial and a pink gold sculpted rabbit in the center. To create the adorable creature on the dial, Vacheron Constantin’s artists looked to the ancient art of paper-cutting, known as Jianzhi, and reinterpreted it via masterful engraving and enamel work.
In the center of the dial, a three-dimensional sculpted platinum or pink gold (depending on the version) bunny sits amidst a background of beautiful foliage. The entire body is so finely etched and engraved that one can distinguish even the tiniest of hairs on the hare.
The artistic craftsmanship in this watch is so detailed and exacting that it must be supported with an equally as important movement: the Caliber 2460 G4. Made in house by Vacheron Constantin and carrying the Geneva Seal, this movement is devoid of hands and uses apertures to display the time. This frees up the entire dial to let the bunny reside in all its glory. The complex 237-part movement is visible via a sapphire caseback. The platinum version sells for $131,000, while the gold version sells for $108,000.