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A time for celebration, Chinese New Year is just around the corner and brings in an opportunity to refresh your wardrobe. In 2020, the Lunar New Year falls on 25th January and marks the Year of the Rat – an animal meant to bring in wealth, wisdom and a fresh start. In line with this festive occasion, we’ve compiled our top watches to welcome in the prosperous period.

The auspicious colours for Chinese New Year are red and gold – red symbolises good fortune and happiness, while gold is considered the most beautiful colour in China and represents richness and wealth. With this in mind, it’s only fitting to embrace gold watches for the New Year. Ladies can channel this theme with striking pieces such as the Omega Constellation and Breguet Reine de Naples. Though small in size at 24mm and 28mm respectively, these watches carry a large presence on any ensemble thanks to the sparkling diamonds surrounding the dial.

Gents can take the opportunity for a fresh start with their choice of a classic dress watch. Stand out options include the Blancpain Villeret, Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback and Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix.

The Blancpain Villeret is the most classical of the manufacturer’s collections, with sleek lines echoing the timeless elegance of Blancpain’s aesthetic codes. For a traditionally designed chronograph with more of a vintage feel, look no further than the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback. This watch features a 1970 chronograph movement with a flyback function, allowing the wearer to record consecutive times with the shortest possible interval between them. Lastly, the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix is an optimal choice for those seeking a watch with cosmopolitan style and personality – expressed through the contrast of its classic dial and daring case. Featuring a complete calendar and a polished 18k gold moon phase, this watch is the perfect refined dress watch to bring in good luck for the New Year ahead.

Shop our top watch picks for Chinese New Year below.