Ja­quet Droz

Ate­liers d’Art

ZbBZ (Singapore) - - IN THE FIRST PLACE -

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.

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