The Lord of the People (Ganas), the remover of obstacles (Vigneshwara) & the lord of knowledge (Vinayaka), the one and only elephant-headed god, our dear Ganesha is back on the 19th of September, 2023. The Ganesh Utsav or Ganpati as it is colloquially known, holds a prestigious place in Indian Mythology and in our daily lives. It is India’s most revered and celebrated festival that brings and binds people together.
Another fascinating unknown fact about Ganesha is that he is also the symbol of art and creativity. Brands such as Chopard and Blancpain have taken horology to the next level by paying a picturesque tribute to the beloved god with their Ganpati special edition watches.
Let’s have a look:
Chopard has always rolled out timeless pieces that celebrate various cultures. They have consistently innovated and brought to life one-of-a-kind pieces. The L.U.C XP Urushi Ganesh and L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Ganesh are the newest festival additions from Chopard.
1. L.U.C XP Urushi Ganesh
This exquisite piece is a labour of artistic brilliance by Japanese artisans specializing in the Maki-e technique. With innumerable iterations and over 20 hours of work produced by the age-old Japanese company Yamada Heiando, the watch is a representation of ancestral technique, gold flakes made from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree, which illuminates the layered background.
Engraved in a sleek L.U.C XP rose gold case with an ultra-thin 3.30m thick L.U.C calibre, 96.17 -L automatic winding via micro-rotor and a well-crafted dial by the artisans is a sure skill win. The lacquered dial demonstrates the dichotomy of a greedy Ganesh whose belly is wiggling with pastry and a wise Ganesh with a lotus flower in hand.
2. L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Ganesh
This timepiece is a product of intricate enamelling by the master artisans at Chopard. Almost the same creative depiction as seen in the Urushi, this one has an addition of a mouse, known to be Lord Ganesh’s famous companion.
With a power reserve of up to 8 days, a delicate Grand Feu enamel dial which sits astutely in a 40 mm case and flaunts sleek lines crafted from ethical 18 ct rose gold, here is a watch that boasts of Chopard Quattro technology at its best. A winner of the Poincon de Geneve, a certificate which celebrates exclusive timepieces that stand out for their extraordinary technical finesse, finish and creative details, certifies that this watch is a flawless piece of possession.
Furthermore, the incredible in-house craftsmanship has created the movement bridges decked with Cotes de Geneve motif, making this a rather classy piece of festive luxury. It comes together on a hand-sewn matte brown alligator leather strap, with cognac-coloured alligator lining and a satin-brushed pin buckle crafted in ethical 18 ct rose gold. A sure shot limited-edition piece to purchase.
1. Blancpain Villeret Metiers D’Art Ganesh
From the award-winning Metiers D’Art studio comes yet another spectacular watch, which has skillfully depicted a handsome looking Ganesh on the dial. To commemorate his birthday, Blancpain created a stunning timepiece that combines skills such as fine engraving, damascening, and shakudo.
Blancpain’s artisans have beautifully crafted the black patina on the dial with the help of shakudo, an ally of gold and copper. The other technique used to create this masterpiece and is strictly limited to Blancpain artisans is, damascening. This is the art of inlaying different metals in to one another, usually done to carve designs on the dial and thereby filling it with gold in the troughs.
The watch is armed with a 45mm-wide red gold case, a signature double-stepped bezel, a brown alligator strap, and an in-house caliber 15B that offers up to 40 hours of power reserve. In addition, this artistic piece can be viewed from a transparent case which enhances the look of the movement that is embellished with Cotes de Geneve. With only one exclusive piece being fashioned, this watch is a coveted piece for luxury watch enthusiasts. It keeps the devotees of the mighty god constantly connected.
2. Blancpain, Shakudo
The Shakudo is another striking timepiece imminent from the house of Blancpain that celebrates the wisdom-giving god – Lord Ganesh. Shakudo is an alloy created from gold and copper that turns dark brown or blue-black in colour. This alloy was also used to make swords, decorative items or jewellery. Set in a large double apple box red gold 45mm, with a distinctly crafted Ganesh dial and hand-engraved Hindu motifs at the centre, this watch is a sought-after divine possession.
As the festive season draws closer, the mood around gets chirpier, lighter, and happier. Why not adorn a timepiece that not only makes it prettier but also keeps you divinely connected, every minute of every day with the Lord of all gods – Ganesha.