JAQUET DROZ CELEBRATES SPRINGTIME WITH ITS NEW PETITE HEURE MINUTE RELIEF SEASONS
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.
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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
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.