Powerful, ferocious and exuberant; the dragon is a depiction of both the warrior and the lifegiver. It has been an image depicted in countless distinct cultures and their mythologies. The magical form of the dragon has been used to emphasize the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical.
- Size⌀: 42.00mm
- Case Material18K Gold (Including hands, buckle and crown)
- Glass CrystalFlat Crystal Sapphire, Scratch Resistant, 9/10 Mohs
- Watch Caseback316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel, Engraved with Octoganal Perpetual Pattern
- DialMicro Painted
- Water Resistance3 ATM, 30 Meters
- MovementETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
- Frequency4 Hz, 28'800 A/h
- Power Reserve42 Hours
- Shock ProtectionIncabloc Novodiac
- Movement FeaturesSelf-Winding, Stop-Second Time Setting, Bidirectional
- DisplayHours, Minutes
- AccuracyAverage +/- 12 sec/day, up to +/- 30 sec/day
- Self WindingYes
- Bezel18K Gold, Concave
- MaterialCrocodile Leather
- TypeGenuine Leather, Hand Tanned
- SeamHand Sewn, High Quality
- Buckle18K Gold
- Dial ArtMicro Painting of Dragon onto Gravure
- SidesMicro Painting of a Blue Dragon
- Crown ArtDetailed Micro Painting of a Blue Dragon's Portrait
Almost every culture in history has a form of dragon or a type of dragon-like serpent in their folk art. From the Far East and West Asia, to Africa, Europe and Americas, the image of the dragon has been ever present in the cultural motifs. While in the western hemisphere it symbolized a powerful being often an adversary that needs to be defeated or accompanied, whereas in the eastern hemisphere it has been the epitome of tranquility and eternal fertility.
In the Central Asian belief system, the dragon represents fertility. During the summer it would soar the sky and spread abundance, dropping onto the earth in autumn where it would remain fallen beneath the ground, causing the bloom to cease and marking the beginning of winter. Then it would mix up into the underground currents and finally pour out from the springs, which would make up the season of spring. Then it would fly on the skies again, resulting in bringing back the summer.
In the Chinese and Japanese cultures, dragons are divine creatures that often assist people in various ways. They are connected to humans with a bloodline and represent the wisdom present in mankind. Chinese emperors would associate their heritage with dragons, claiming they had direct descendence, encompassing their many qualities in their personas. This led dragons to be associated with royalty and nobility. In the Indian culture, statues of Nagas, serpentine creatures, both of human and divine heritage, ornament the temples. For the Indian culture the dragons become a mixture encompassing both the celestial and the adversary, as the geography closes towards the western hemisphere. The Babylonian dragon Tiamat is a representation of chaos and primeval creation, representing the balance between the other pagan gods which represented creation, and the entropy.
Not all European dragons are villains, however. The old British legends believed dragon to be the time, or rather the universe itself. In that temporal sense, it’s very much like the central Asian dragon, Ahi, that represents the eternity. The legends of Arthur, in synchronization with the Irisih mythologies, describe these dragons as magical beings that are locked in a battle of balance, one side representing the positive while the other negative. Much of the medieval art in Europe depicts these fire breathing, winged lizards often as adversaries to knights and saints.
This wide range of presence in mythology has awarded the dragon a respectful place in countless aspects of art and culture. In today’s world they represent knowledge, ferocity, power, protection, magic and a metaphysical aesthetic that feels exotic to whomever lays their eyes on its ferocious form, regardless of how familiar they are with a similar image of their own native depictions of the magical beast.