As the Clock Crows: 6 Watches Celebrating The Chinese Year of the Rooster

January 28th marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac. As per recent tradition, a handful of luxury watch brands — always cognizant of their Asian markets — have created special timepieces to commemorate the occasion. Here are six worth crowing about.

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1. Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Monsieur Bovet Métiers d’Art Rooster

Bovet Monsieur Bovet Year of the Rooster

This timepiece features a white lacquered dial with Roman numerals on the front, and a white mother-of-pearl dial with a miniature painting of a rooster (pictured) on the reverse side. The 43-mm case, in either 18k rose gold or 18k white gold, is in Bovet‘s hallmark Amadeo style, which allows the watch to be converted from wristwatch to pocketwatch to miniature table clock with ease. The movement is Bovet’s manual-winding Caliber 13BM09AI, which controls all timekeeping displays (hours, minutes, a patented co-axial small seconds subdial, reverse hand-fitting for hours and minutes displays on both sides of the dial) and a front-side indicator for the watch’s impressive seven-day power reserve. The watch comes with both a full-skin alligator strap and a gold or rhodium-plated silver pocketwatch chain. It is priced at $73,500 in rose gold and $76,700 in white gold. read more

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Military Time: 10 Watches With NATO Straps

In recent years I’ve taken to “pimping out” my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. New releases from recent Baselworld watch fairs indicate that I may have helped start a trend: many new watches now have these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these watches.

I started swapping out original straps for NATO straps a few years ago. At first, I purchased the straps from the Australian website www.natostrap.com. These days, I mostly buy them at MisterChrono, a retailer at 23, Rue Danielle Casanova near Place Vendôme in Paris, or online at the shop’s website, www.misterchrono.com. read more

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