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IT WAS DUR­ING THE 18th cen­tury that Swiss-born watch­maker Pierre Ja­quet-droz built a se­ries of as­ton­ish­ing mech­a­nisms that fas­ci­nated kings and em­per­ors of Europe, China, Ja­pan and In­dia. Three cen­turies later the tech­niques de­vel­oped have led to many stat­ing that Pierre is the pi­o­neer of Haute Hor­logerie.

Jac­quet Droz re­mains in­spired by their founders dreams to this very day, con­tin­u­ing to push the quest for in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence. The brand also con­tin­ues to use many of the tra­di­tional meth­ods that were dis­ap­pear­ing, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to its enam­elled and span­gled di­als.

Its lead­ing model, La Grande Se­conde, which draws its in­spi­ra­tion di­rectly from an 18th cen­tury time­piece, can just as eas­ily be made to mea­sure with a dial set with pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones as with a dial base dec­o­rated with pres­ti­gious min­er­als, dried sea­weed or other spe­cific ma­te­ri­als.

The char­ac­ter and re­fine­ment of Jac­quet Droz has led to the brand carv­ing out a very spe­cial place in the world of pres­tige and lux­ury watch­mak­ing.

XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX Now the Swiss watch man­u­fac­tur­ers are

once again pay­ing trib­ute to their founder with the launch of two new mod­els of the Pe­tite Heure Minute Re­lief Sea­sons.

“These two time­pieces bring to­gether won­der, beauty and mas­tery. They por­tray the magic of spring and the splen­dour of sum­mer,” say Jac­quet Droz.

The Pe­tite Heure Minute Re­lief Sea­sons watches show­case the vi­tal­ity of the twin­star brand’s mas­tery. The mother-of-pearl – a frag­ile and flaky ma­te­rial – has been del­i­cately fash­ioned by the firm’s ar­ti­sans to form a fine hand-en­graved dial.

The dial be­comes a ma­jes­tic sky brought to life with ev­ery move­ment of the wrist thanks to its shim­mer­ing iri­des­cent ef­fects. Carved from gold then en­graved and painted by hand, two pairs of blue tit birds are placed in the back­ground and demon­strate stag­ger­ing precision. The plumage, eyes, beaks and round bod­ies are

strik­ingly real.

The two dec­o­ra­tions, two de­signs of hands and the domed sap­phire crys­tal were spe­cially de­signed to en­hance the three­d­i­men­sional ef­fect of the birds, which are em­blem­atic of the La Chaux-de-fonds re­gion.

The branches of blos­som­ing plum trees at the heart of the white gold and di­a­mond­set case of the Pe­tite Heure Minute Re­lief Sea­sons evoke the ar­rival of spring and the signs of awak­en­ing life.

The chill of the fi­nal days of win­ter is high­lighted by the blued steel hands and the gray satin strap. On the sec­ond ver­sion, dedicated to sum­mer, the sun­flow­ers face the sun in a warm pal­ette of yel­lows and browns that pay trib­ute to sun­nier days, echoed by the red gold case and hands, and a choco­late-brown al­li­ga­tor strap.

On the back, the gold os­cil­lat­ing weight, which is adorned with mother-of-pearl, two sculpted wings and the Ja­quet Droz twin stars, also sets the ca­dence of the scene.

The rea­son this de­sign resonates so much with the brand is that Pierre Jac­quet-droz was par­tic­u­lar moved by na­ture. This was seen in his clocks, watches and pre­cious ob­jects that have gone down in the his­tory of dec­o­ra­tive arts.

Birds in par­tic­u­lar drew his at­ten­tion, which he ob­served closely and they in­spired many of his most spec­tac­u­lar cre­ations. That is why such care and precision has gone in to the con­struc­tion of the Pe­tite Heure Minute Re­lief Sea­sons.

Each of these stun­ningly beau­ti­ful time­pieces comes in a lim­ited edi­tion of just 88 pieces. They also in­clude a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity signed by the very Ja­quet Droz Ate­liers d’art ar­ti­sans who de­voted their pas­sion and finest tal­ents to the piece’s cre­ation.

The time­piece also fea­tures an 18’karat gold case set with 272 di­a­monds and a buckle set with 24 di­a­monds, for a to­tal of 1.16 carats. Fea­tur­ing a power re­serve of 68 hours, the self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment has the com­pa­nies sig­na­ture sil­i­con bal­ance spring in the es­cape­ment of its move­ment. Unaf­fected by mag­netic fields, or by vari­a­tions in tem­per­a­tures and pres­sure, the use of sil­i­con guar­an­tees ex­cep­tion­ally ac­cu­rate time­keep­ing.

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