#FirstClassFriday: The Harry Winston Year of the Rooster
Eagerly counting down the days to Chinese New Year doesn't get more auspicious than with a horological embodiment of 2017's Zodiac animal, depicted as a piece of art upon a 36mm-sized watch face. Indeed, lauding this mythical and cultural symbol to great effect is Harry Winston with the Year of the Rooster timepiece; an entirely handworked watch crafted using the technique of Grand Feu enamelling.
Framed in an 18K rose gold case, the rooster emblem strikes an impressive pose against a deep red backdrop, brought to life with sable-fine brush strokes administered by an expert enameller before going into a 800 degree Celsius fire. Simultaneously sealing and bringing out the rich colours, this meticulous process is repeated with enamel applied onto the dial in successive layers until the desired intensity is achieved. Brilliantly vivid, the same attention to detail extends to the singular emerald-cut diamond crowning the watch face — a signature element of the house of Harry Winston — as well as the 57 brilliant-cut stones set along the bezel. Powered by a precise self-winding movement, this Oriental symbolism is certainly the lucky talisman to favour around the wrist if you're looking to get huat.
The Year of the Rooster is available at Harry Winston boutiques.
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