No ruffled feathers around here – ring in the Year of the Rooster in style with a host of luxurious products for Chinese New Year, symbolic of luck, joy and prosperity
Chinese New Year (Saturday 28 January) is a time for family and festivity; fireworks, dining, dumplings, parades and, of course, dressing up. Forget naff roosters and cliché red knitwear this year – we have selected the finest, most luxurious, limited-edition accessories and statement designs for Chinese New Year 2017.
The Dior VIII Grand Bal Timepiece
Dior has designed a special Dior VIII Grand Bal Plume timepiece for Chinese New Year. The limited-edition watch features a glossy red alligator strap and a vivid dial in sunset hues, encased in glistening diamonds.
The Dior VIII Grand Bal features Dior’s patented Inversé calibre movement, defined by an oscillating weight placed on top of the dial, composed of elegant rooster feathers. The feature is inspired by the dramatic swirl of a ball gown and Christian Dior’s love of grand parties. The silky Italian rooster feathers lend themselves perfectly to the design, providing the ideal density without compromising on fluffiness.
The mesmerising watch is a unique and opulent coversation piece, imbued with time-honoured, haute couture glamour.
Limited edition of 88 pieces, £24,600; 160-162 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2UE, www.dior.com
The Chinese New Year Collection by Loewe
Loewe has launched a limited-edition collection of bags, pouches and silk scarves to honour the Year of the Rooster, adorned with a vibrant daffodil motif. The iconic Barcelona bag and practical T-Pouch have both undergone a decorative transformation for Chinese New Year, adorned with striking flower prints. Loewe has also launched two eye-catching, silk square scarves featuring the vivid floral design.
The Spanish fashion house has flexed its marquetry muscles by using signature leather techniques including an elaborate inlay process, in which each floral motif is meticulously handcrafted from laser-cut leather fragments and delicately applied to the bag.
According to Chinese tradition, the daffodil flower is symbolic of good fortune and the renewal of life customarily associated with Spring.
Loewe, 125 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3NS, www.loewe.com
Limited-Edition Gommino Driving Shoes by Tod's
Tod's has updated its iconic 'Gommino' driving shoe collection for Chinese New Year with a special, limited-edition pair of leather loafers. The men's style features an opulent rooster print on the inner sole in lustrous red and gold, while the women's design is characterised by a bold phoenix print. Handcrafted from butter-soft nubuck suede, the iconic design is defined by its pebbled rubber sole and signature stitching.
Chinese New Year edition for men, £275; Chinese New Year edition for women, £260; 2-5 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4PD, www.tods.com
Wendy Yu Clutch by Ethan K
Luxury accessories label Ethan K has designed a exotic leather bag named after his BFF Wendy Yu, the London-based Chinese society princess-turned-savvy entrepreneur. After discussing their similar upbringings in Asia, the pair discovered a mutual love for the purple magosteen fruit, which inspired the clasp that adorns the Wendy Yu bag. Available exclusively at Harrods, each design takes six months to create and is available in eight exotic colourways, finished with a detachable chain.
Founded by Singaporean designer Ethan Koh in 2011, the label is renowned for its opulent, bespoke croc creations in vivid hues. Koh is the fourth-generation son of Heng Long International tannery owner CT Koh in Singapore and all skins are sustainably sourced.
From £5,200; Available at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, www.ethan-k.com
Petite Heure Minute Year of the Rooster Watches by Jaquet Droz
Jaquet Droz continues its annual tradition this year of releasing a spectacular watch to honour the Chinese New Year. For 2017, the Swiss watchmaker has created four artisanal timepieces inspired by the Fire Rooster, characterised by exquisite hand-painted details inspired by Chinese calligraphy and miniature masterpieces.
Part of the Ateliers d’Art collection, two models feature a painterly cockerel on a Grand Feu enamel dial, with the option of a diamond case. Two further watches are defined by a sculpted, resplendent rooster in 18-karat rose gold, set against painterly peonies. The miniature masterpieces are limited to 28 pieces and evoke memories of traditional Chinese artwork.
The intricate art of miniature painting is a Jaquet Droz signature trait. The watchmaker is renowned for its luxury decoration, pairing exquisite craftsmanship with opulent, dazzling design.
From £22,700; available at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, www.jaquet-droz.com
Mythology Rooster Charm by Annoushka
Fine jeweller Annoushka has added a Fire Rooster pendant to her popular Mythology collection, crafted from 18ct yellow gold (a lucky colour for the Rooster birth year). The limited-edition, talismanic design is hand-set with glistening black and brown diamonds and the lucky charm is laden with symbolism, specifically righteousness and justice.
£2200, 41 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London, SW3 2TB, www.annoushka.com
Premier Rooster Automatic 36mm by Harry Winston
The House of Harry Winston has released an extra-exclusive design for Chinese New Year, limited to just eight pieces. Crafted in 18-karat gold, the symbolic Premier Rooster Automatic 36mm features an ornate enamel rooster design, encased in diamonds.
The sparkling miniature work of art captures the rooster’s iconic, noble stance, soft feathers and red plume in vivid detail, hand-painted by a professional enameller and crowned by an emerald-cut diamond. The number eight is also no coincidence – it was chosen as it is considered the luckiest number according to Chinese tradition.
POA, Premier Rooster Automatic 36mm; 171 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4RD, www.harrywinston.com
Limted Edition Pen by Maison Caran d’Ache
Upgrade your stationary with this deluxe Maison Caran d’Ache pen, which is part of an exceptional collection of writing instruments celebrating Chinese New Year. Made from vibrant orange Chinese lacquer, this exquisite conversation piece is engraved with an ornate rooster design and authenticated with the calligraphic symbol of the rooster and the Chinese stamp of the Maison Caran d’Ache, applied in red as a token of good luck.
£2,600, limited to 888 pieces, www.carandache.com; available at Harrods Fine Writing Room, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL