Fron­trun­ners

Ja­quet Droz com­mem­o­rates the lu­nar year of the rooster with four new time­pieces.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By HO YUN KUAN

“WHILE FARM­ERS GEN­ER­ALLY AL­LOW ONE ROOSTER FOR 10 HENS, 10 MEN ARE SCARCELY SUF­FI­CIENT TO SER­VICE ONE WO­MAN.”

Gio­vanni Boc­cac­cio

The rooster has an un­break­able con­nec­tion with time. It is only apt then, that Swiss watch­maker Ja­quet Droz com­mem­o­rates the lu­nar year of the rooster with time­pieces in­spired by the an­i­mal.

The four new time­pieces are based on the iconic Pe­tite Heure Minute. On two ver­sions, one in 39mm and the other in 35mm with a di­a­mond­set case, the an­i­mal is de­picted in grand feu enamel, and ac­com­pa­nied by pe­onies. The grand feu enamel has been ex­e­cuted in a water­colour style that calls to mind the fluid lines of Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy. Each piece is painted by hand, and there­fore, unique.

The bird is sculpted in red gold in the re­main­ing two ver­sions. In one – the 28­piece edi­tion – it gleams against a dial in­laid with hand­en­graved mother­of­pearl and jadeite. In the most ex­clu­sive ver­sion, limited to eight pieces only, the gold­sculpted rooster is dressed up in a mag­nif­i­cent hand­painted plumage of vivid reds, or­anges and blues, and framed by a di­a­mond­set bezel. www. ja­quet- droz.com ‹

The Pe­tite Heure Minute Relief Rooster has an 18­carat red gold rooster relief ap­plique.

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