Every Chines New Year, Jaquet Droz observes the change in the zodiac cycle with a model celebrating a rare technique or new craft skill practiced in its Ateliers d’Art. It is a way for the brand known by its twin stars to pay tribute to its ties with China that date back to the 18th century.
For the Year of the Goat, Jaquet Droz’s artisans decided to represent not just one goat, but three. Springing from the summit of an imaginary mountain, like an allegory of achievement and the hope of success for the year ahead, the three animals astonish with their striking realism. Each element of the body is thrown into relief in three dimensions by the master artisan’s skillful touch. The result is all the more captivating against the backdrop of a stylised dial evoking a motif of plum blossoms in pure, simple lines. They stand out against a background of white mother-of-pearl or black onyx, two materials that reappear on the underside of an oscillating weight surmounted by a ram’s head.
To create the stylised plum blossom in Chinese, the Ateliers d’Art used champleve enameling, a particularly demanding technique that guarantees a result of exceptional delicacy. The metal is hollowed out according to the desired design and the hollows are then filled with enamel, fired and hand-polished. The finished dial is reminiscent of the exquisitely fragile masterpieces of jianzhi. Limited to just 28 pieces each, these two models work equally well in the fresh palette of white gold and Jaquet Droz blue and in the warm tones of red gold paired with a delicious wine burgundy.