Mythology says that it was the Jade Emperor who held the race to see which animals should lend their names to the 12 years that make up the cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The rat came first because it had the cunning to hop on the ox’s back to get across a river, the far side of which marked the finish line. At the last second it hopped off and across the tape to win, leaving the ox with nothing more to do than moo that the race had been stolen.

But the Year of the Rat is over, and with Chinese New Year on 12 February the ox claims the throne. To celebrate, leading watch brands are offering these horological treats…