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9 Dragons Collection

Angular Momentum has released a collection of Artisan Timepieces, decorated with the Chinese symbol of the year 2012.

All timepieces in 18 Kt. gold case, mirror polished, historical hand-winding movement caliber FHF 96, 8.0 mm winding crown with cabochon. Verre Églomisé - miniature painting of various Dragons. Case diameter 38.00 mm. Digital time display by "Heure à Souscription"
Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, Western and Turkic dragons.

In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang („Chinese phoenix").
In contrast to European dragons, which are considered evil, Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods.

The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck and the year 2012. With this, the Emperor of China usually uses the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power. In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon.....

Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. In the Zhou Dy- nasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to the Son of Heaven, the 4-clawed dragon to the nobles (zhuhou, seigneur), and the 3-clawed dragon to the ministers (daifu). In the Qin Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to represent the Emperor while the 4-clawed and 3-clawed dragons were assigned to the commoners. The dragon in the Qin Dynasty appeared on national flags.

Sometimes Chinese people use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend started in the 1970s when different Asian nationali- ties were looking for animal symbols for representations. The wolf was used among the Mongols, the monkey among Tibetans.

In Chinese culture today, the dragon is mostly used for decorative purposes but it is a taboo to disfigure a depiction of a dragon; for example, an advertisement cam- paign commissioned by Nike, which featured the American basketball player LeB- ron James slaying a dragon was immediately banned by the Chinese government after public outcry over disrespect.

- The number nine is special in China as it is the largest possible single digit, and Chinese dragons are frequently connected with it. For example, a Chinese dragon is normally described in terms of nine attributes and usually has 117 (9x13) sca- les - 81 (9x9) Yang and 36 (9x4) Yin.

This is also why there are nine forms of the dragon and the dragon has nine offspring. The „Nine Dragon Wall" is a screen wall with images of nine different dragons, and is found in imperial Chinese palaces and gardens.
As nine was considered the number of the emperor, only the most senior officials were allowed to wear nine dragons on their robes - and then only with the robe completely covered with surcoats.

Lower-ranking officials had eight or five dra- gons on their robes, again covered with surcoats; even the emperor himself wore his dragon robe with one of its nine dragons hidden from view.

There are a number of places in China called „Nine Dragons", the most famous being Kowloon (in Cantonese) in Hong Kong. The part of the Mekong in Vietnam is known as Cửu Long, with the same meaning.

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