Attract positive energy with these Year of the Dog watches
Prefer dogs to people? You're definitely not alone. But CNY is here and you're expected to *sigh* socialise. Isn't it funny how dogs are so sociable but dog lovers so aren't? Feel free to chew on that, but first we've got a tip for you in this Year of the Dog: Wear a dog-themed watch. If you think it's not going to make a difference, think again.
The sight of a cute little furry pooch always brings sunshine to the room and big smiles all around. Something to do with all that boundless exuberance and pointless enthusiasm found in every dog, doesn't matter what breed. Bottom line is, doggo brings positive energy. It's a scientific fact. Where there are dogs, people become more relaxed and very often start talking about their own pets, or dogs in general — hello favourite topic!
In lieu of an actual dog, for which there are the obvious logistical issues, just wear one of these nine dog-themed watches made for 2018. Results will be the same because dog lovers simply cannot resist anything dog. Plus, look at it this way: Now you'll have a luxury wrist accessory that emanates good vibes as it tells the time. What better way to ring in the Year of the Dog?
Breguet Classique 7145 Chow-Chow
Featuring a majestic Chow-Chow on its dial, this elegant number by Breguet will attract those who appear aloof but really are warm and loving individuals once you get to know them. Apart from a bad case of resting bitch face, these people are great fun to have around at parties because they play well in groups.
That said, a dominant streak means they like to take the lead and are not used to following orders, so allow them plenty of room to call the shots and all will be well. Meanwhile, admire the gorgeous hand engraving made in the bas-relief technique and polished by hand.
Harry Winston Premier Dog Automatic 36mm
Also dedicated to the Chow-Chow, this feminine timepiece by Harry Winston brings a plethora of precious materials to the fore: Diamonds, mother-of-pearl, and rose gold. It is said that, like the breed, Chow lovers thrive on positive reinforcement so be generous with the CNY treats and keep the a/c on high – they do hate to sweat. For double the power, pair this piece with the Midnight Dog Automatic 42mm.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dog
In either miniature painting or relief gold engraving, the canine companion to this classic Jaquet Droz model is a Pekingese. A watch like this will be irresistible to the pint-sized fire cracker types everyone used to nickname chili padi back in school. What they lack in stature they more than make up for with pluck, noise and at times too much self-esteem.
Fiercely loyal to their friends, they are a formidable ally in any circumstance. Be patient though, as they don't have long attention spans and are easily distract. But as always, food is a great motivator. The watches feature this royal breed playing in a peony garden or simply shooting the breeze in a bamboo thicket.
Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Dog
Loads of auspicious symbols surround the Akita Inu in this poetic Chopard timepiece, which will certainly draw people who adore this ancient Japanese breed. These folks are a protective bunch with rather complex personalities and a stiff upper lip, which means they're not the same whiny type as, say, poodle or chihuahua lovers – you know it's true. No, they're perfectly fine weathering storms on their own, and will always have your back.
Be warned though, the Akita aficionado goes from zero to hangry in just seconds, so have Uber Eats on standby and maintain a constant supply of bakwa. While waiting for the food to arrive, distract them with the urushi lacquer on the colourful dial.
Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – Dog
The Chinese zodiac theme continues at Vacheron Constantin with a new Metiers d'Art model featuring what appears to be a kind of setter, probably Irish and probably still a puppy. Lovers of this sporting breed are gregarious, athletic individuals who are always game for outdoorsy stuff, and practically kidults, they are fantastic around rambunctious children.
Expect lots of indoor rough-housing though, so keep your beloved vase or lamp out of the way. Take a leaf from the watches, which sequestered the time and date to the far edges, leaving loads of space for doggo to play.
Piaget Altiplano Chinese Zodiac
Our furry friend has also found its way into Piaget's Altiplano watch where the famed master enameller Anita Porchet portrayed a beautiful black Labrador using the cloisonné technique. Labs are friendly, true and simply adorable, just like people who count them as best friends.
It's also said that lab lovers never truly grow up and they're happy to do whatever everyone wants to do. Stay in? My favourite thing! Go out? Also my favourite thing! They're that easy-going. In this glamorous ultra-thin watch, this hunting breed stands proud, tall and dignified – something we rarely see because they're so goofy all the time.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Dog
Where the Piaget uses cloisonné enamel, this Ulysse Nardin Classico applied the art of champlevé enamel to create this gorgeous golden canine set against a midnight blue sky. Possibly a Siberian Husky as they do come in sand-coloured or red coats, it looks absolutely ready to play as it's got one paw up, ears pricked and facing front, and tail carried high.
Husky lovers are seldom like that though. Mostly placid and indifferent, it feels like they're difficult to please but the truth can be no further. Like doggo, they've got their favourite people who are the only ones that get to see the real them.
Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic PAM858
Panerai reprises the Italian art of sparsello where a craftsman etches a deep-set outline of an image of a dog before hammering gold thread into the grooves. The abstract styling makes it difficult to say what breed it is.
But ultimately it doesn't matter if it's a purebred or a cross or a Singapore Special because frankly, every dog is cute and loveable. And in this Year of the Earth Dog, it's all about getting grounded, creating security and finding your balace as you move ahead.
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