Watch of the Week: Jaquet Droz “Year of the Monkey” Petite Heure Minute

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Two timepieces celebrate 2016 in gorgeous, hand-crafted detail.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, which we rang in earlier this year, Jaquet Droz offers two distinct Petite Heure Minute watches honoring the Year of the Monkey. The styles join the brand's other zodiac watches that have been created every year since 2012, as part of its Art & Excellence collection. The design of this year's two unisex beauties references the legend of the troublemaking Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong. As the legend has it, the heavens task the unruly Sun Wukong with protecting the Garden of Celestial Peaches, in which sweet stone fruits offering eternal life grow. Rebelling against this form of punishment, the monkey warrior rebels, stealing and eating the bounty instead. In homage to the story—and its themes of long life and prosperity—both watches display a monkey among peach trees. One version features a mother-of-pearl black lacquered dial with a carved, three-dimensional gold monkey sculpture, offered in 41mm 18-karat white gold with diamonds (price: $77,700) and 41mm 18-karat rose gold without diamonds (price: $68,300). Another version features a monkey hand-painted atop an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial. Offered in 35mm with diamonds (price: $37,100) or in 39mm without diamonds (price: $30,200), this iteration is crafted in 18-karat rose gold and houses a mechanical movement. Just 28 of each will be made. 

For more luxury watches featuring high craftsmanship and artistry, see our reviews of the Piaget Altiplano, the Richard Mille Graffiti Art RM 68-01 Cyril Kongo Tourbillon, and the Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto.