It’s that time of the year again when geomancers, fortune-tellers and feng shui masters come out in full force to offer health and wealth predictions for the year ahead based on your zodiac animal, amongst other things. In the spirit of the festivities, we’ve compiled a list of lucky colours to wear, according to your zodiac. And while we’re at it, check out our colourful range of watch straps here if your luck needs a little upgrade!
BLUE - RAT / DRAGON
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Royal Oak Offshore comes in several iterations this year. This blue indigo version sees the shade applied to the dial, screw-locked crown, pushers and rubber strap while the case is fashioned from stainless steel. Of note are the pushers and crown, made in blue ceramic for the first time.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day Medium
Housed in a 34mm stainless steel case, this ticker features a resplendent midnight blue dial with a scintillating diamond-set bezel and matching navy alligator strap. Powdered silvered numerals are set against a sunray-finished dial, while a sapphire caseback offers a look at the Calibre 898A/1 with 40-hour power reserve.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
An ultra-stylish travel companion, this dual-time watch allows a quick and easy read of a second time zone with a triangular-tipped hand, complemented by a day/night indication at nine o’clock. A 41mm stainless steel case with velvet-finished flange frames the cobalt blue dial while three straps complete the look—a steel bracelet, blue/black leather strap and blue/black rubber strap.
BROWN - TIGER / SNAKE
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph
This one’s for fans of the vintage look. The 42mm bronze case frames a smoked champagne-coloured bi-compax dial with sunray finishing, while slightly domed cathedral hands are coated with Super-LumiNova. Paired with a cognac-hued aged leather strap, this watch has serious retro vibes.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Steel
When you have a beautiful, complex complication like the tourbillon, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of the dial clean so the attention rests on what’s truly important. Here, Moser’s beloved fumé dial provides a pristine canvas for the unique tourbillon that boasts an interchangeable module, allowing it to be assembled and regulated separately from the movement.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
Designed to optimise comfort on the wrist, the new Santos is both stylish and ergonomic. The most significant upgrade, though, is its new QuickSwitch system which allows for easy adjustment and change of bracelet so you can swap it out for another strap without having to get it done at the boutique. But since your lucky colour is brown, we’d recommend holding on to this one. More on the Santos here.
BLACK - GOAT / ROOSTER / PIG
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph
This handsome ticker is a classic you'll want on your wrist on any occasion, festive or otherwise. Equipped with a column wheel, flyback function and pulsometer, the chronograph is accurate up to one-fifth of a second.
Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Heure d'Ici & Heure d'Ailleurs
Introduced in 2014, Van Cleef & Arpels' dual-time zone watch takes on a new ebony hue this year. As you can always expect from the maison, time-telling is done in a poetic fashion with the local hour displayed in the top window and the 'away' hour in the bottom window.
Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton
Housed in a 45mm titanium case, this timepiece is classic Girard-Perregaux with its iconic 'Three Bridges' dial. The skeleton version offers a stunning look into the heart of the watch with a clear emphasis on the bridges, and combines both visual spectacle and light sturdiness.
WHITE - HORSE / MONKEY
Franck Muller Crazy Hours 15th Anniversary
Franck Muller's iconic Crazy Hours collection turns 15 this year. And when you've got a spectacular jumping hours complication, we like to keep things simple on the outside with this understated steel and white number.
Piaget Extremely Lady
This gorgeous Piaget confection in 18K white gold is set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel, with a bracelet designed to evoke sprinkles of frost. A mother-of-pearl dial completes the elegant appeal. A clear winner for any formal dinners you may have over the festive period.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade
Although it's called 'Jade', you won't find the precious mineral in this watch. Instead, the more valuable diamond takes centrestage in this snow-white piece. A total of 86 diamonds adorn the watch, complemented with a mother-of-pearl dial and refined leather strap.
GREEN - OX / RABBIT
Christophe Claret Maestro Mamba
Named after the venomous African snake, this provocative timepiece features a green Mamba snake coiling around the movement with its mouth poised to strike. Paired with a green Mamba skin strap, this watch is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Hermès Arceau Casaque
Launched in 1978 by the maison’s artistic director, Henri d’Origny, the Arceau was created with asymmetrical lugs that recall equestrian stirrups. This year, the Arceau Casaque takes the equestrian theme further with a horse head motif and patterns on the dial that resemble curved hoof prints.
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 38mm
Perfect for the ladies with its reduced case height and diameter, the Luminor Due is versatile enough to be worn on most occasions. If you think green is a difficult colour to wear, the light mint hue of this piece should help put you (and the rest of your wardrobe) at ease.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".