How do Western watchmakers embody the symbol of the Asian dragon?

In Western and Eastern legends, the image of the dragon always has a peculiar attraction. However, in each culture, the dragon represents different things. In Western culture, the dragon symbolizes the power of destruction and cruelty. On the contrary, in Eastern culture, the dragon is one of the holy beasts and a symbol of the emperor.

In this article, Gia Bao Luxury will introduce you to the model of the watch that uses the dragon pattern on the dial. Due to the above cultural differences, most designs will use Asian dragon images with unique characteristics. The body of an Asian dragon is as long as a snake, with scales like a carp, deer horns and eagle claws.

Through the hands of skilled craftsmen, the image of the dragon god is expressed in many different ways on the dial.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5720/1 “Dragon”
With the Nautilus 5720/1 “Dragon”, the Patek Philippe brand has pushed the value and finishing methods to new heights. This is a special edition specially designed for the brand’s authentic store in Shanghai. This location is the largest agent of the brand in the Asian market.

It is still the familiar Nautilus case, but the entire dial is studded with diamonds. This means that the case, dial and strap even have a sparkling appearance that has caught everyone’s attention. Patek Philippe is not known for making jewellery replica watches, but this does not mean that they cannot make beautiful diamond replica watches. The highlight above the diamond background is the image of the dragon god made by hand enamel. Workers must sweep each layer of fermentation to the dial, and then heat it at the right temperature. This process will be repeated dozens of times until the desired hue is obtained.

A small defect in the heating process is enough to damage the dial. Therefore, the enamel method requires very high precision. Not only the dial, but the bezel of this Nautilus is also painted with many details, such as the dragon’s tail and the dragon’s hand holding jewelry. These two details are directly connected with the body of the dragon on the dial, forming a complete microcosm.

Arnold & Son True Beat Golden Dragon
At first glance, Arnold & Son’s True Beat Gold Dragon has many similarities with Vacheron Constantin’s design. However, this time, the hour and minute dials are set on one side, and the large second hand is located in the center of the dial.

The second hand of this watch has a very special function and is related to the True Beat name. Under normal circumstances, the second hand of a mechanical watch rotates many small beats, depending on the oscillation frequency of the balance wheel. However, when using True Beat, the second hand will move one beat per second, just like a battery meter.

The golden dragon image is made of whole rose gold and is very finely carved. If you compare it, perhaps Arnold’s dragon is more delicate and authentic than Vacheron Constantin’s design. More specifically, we can see that the dragon’s eyes show an affectionate expression, and each scale is curved along the long body like a snake.

Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT D DRG CD (5N.NR)
The Franck Muller Vanguard V45 watch also uses the image of the Golden Dragon, but the processing method is different. Each layer of the dragon scales is made of high-grade diamonds, giving it a dazzling appearance. For this reason, the artist must carefully calculate and arrange the diamonds. A small mistake can also damage the balance of the design.

This limited edition watch still uses the familiar Franck Muller Cintree Curvex case. The monolithic rose gold case is also inlaid with diamonds, and only the bezel on the side of the case is exposed in the style of Vanguard.

The most important point that makes Franck Muller Vanguard V45 Dragon more attractive to players is the price. There is no need to spend hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to buy a limited edition watch with a pure gold case, we only need to invest nearly one billion dong for this watch.

Richard Mille RM 57-03 Sapphire Dragon
The last model we want to introduce is from the Richard Mille brand. This is a very impressive design, using advanced materials on the case and dial. The case is made of carbon fiber NTPT, which has ultra-light weight and high rigidity, and the details on the dial are more special.

The spiritual dragon image on the dial of the RM 57-03 sapphire dragon is made of sapphire crystal and rose gold. As we all know, sapphire has high hardness and is accompanied by brittleness. Therefore, carving a small-scale dragon body in sapphire requires a lot of work.