Watches: Vacheron Constantin The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Goat

By Thierry Ané on November 11, 2014

If you are a western citizen with no particular ties to China, you may not be extremely familiar with all the subtleties of the Chinese calendar. But if you are a watch enthusiast, you can at least count on the watch industry to remind you which animal of the Chinese zodiac is associated with the year you are in!


The Chinese market having the importance we know, every year, we discover a plethora of little animals adorning the dial of special edition timepieces. So much so that if you ask any watch lover you will learn with a 100% success rate that 2014 is the “Year of the Horse”. Soon all watch aficionados will also know that the “Goat” is the animal related to the year 2015!




More or less tastefully depending on the brand, this member of the Bovidae family will thus take over the dial of countless decorative timepieces in the forthcoming months. And the “goat-parade” kicks off at the very high-end of the spectrum with the new “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Goat” by the prestigious Vacheron Constantin Manufacture.


The least we can say is that there is no surprise here as any watch lover could have practically drawn the timepiece before its release! The venerable Maison is all about taste and continuity and the newcomers proudly follow in the footsteps of “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Snake” (pink gold and platinum versions) presented at the end of 2012 and “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Horse” (pink gold and platinum versions) unveiled late last year.




Released once again in two limited series of 12 pieces each, one in pink gold and another one in platinum, “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Goat” will count once again among the most tasteful and refined tributes to the Chinese calendar we will be able to witness this year.


These breathtaking timepieces come in a sober 40 mm case with a thickness of 12.74 mm mirror-polished to perfection and fitted with a crystal sapphire on the back to offer a sneak peak at the incredible self-winding 2460 GA calibre. Entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, this exceptional movement uses two dragging discs to indicate the hours and minutes and two jumping discs for the date and day of the week.




All these indications are provided in small windows arranged at 1, 4, 8 and 11 o’clock to leave an uncluttered dial for the decorative masterpieces. I refer you to last year’s articleWatches: Vacheron Constantin The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Horse about “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Horse” to find out more about this impressive movement stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva.


The dials of the new “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Goat” are executed in the same manner and in the same colour schemes as the “Year of the Snake” and “Year of the Horse”: a Grand Feu brown enamel background for the pink gold version and a blue Grand Feu enamel on the platinum rendition. This surface is then adorned with a leaf motif stemming from classic Chinese iconography and an expertly hand-engraved goat in the centre. Both elements are crafted in pink or white gold depending on the model.




Here again, last year’s articleWatches: Vacheron Constantin The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Horse will give you more information about the painstaking multiple firing process required to obtain a Grand Feu enamel of this quality and the meticulous work of the artisan engraver that goes into producing such a realistic rendition of the animal with almost every hair of its fur perceptible. The pink gold model is mounted on a large-scale brown Mississipiendis alligator strap and the platinum version is paired with a dark blue strap of the same leather and also hand-stitched and saddle-finished.


Once again, Vacheron Constantin brilliantly demonstrates that they have few competitors, if any, when it comes to creating mind-blowing Métier d’Art timepieces, expertly using ancestral decorative techniques but letting them step aside to give centre stage to the most tasteful artistic motifs.


For more information please visit the Vacheron Constantin web site.