Jacquet Dorz’s watch
NEWEST BUTTERFLY AUTOMATION
Newest Butterfly Automation Collection
In the early 1730s in France, Pierre Jaquet-Droz studied under the tutelage of older relatives from the Brandt-dit-Grieurin, Sandoz and Robert families, which unbeknownst to him would be the start of a luxury watch empire. Although he started as a clockmaker, his precise engineering and sophisticated craftsmanship led him create three distinct automata including The Writer (made of 6000 pieces), The Musician (2500 pieces), and The Draughtsman (2000 pieces). Widely considered to be some of the finest examples of human mechanical problem solving, this passion led him to fall in love with and further enhance his passion of watchmaking movements.
For nearly three centuries, Jaquet Droz watches have mastered excellence and constantly renewed creativity making use of their craftsmen’s mastery of painting, enameling, sculpted and engraved ornamentation and use of minerals. Made for those who demand an intricate automation showcasing old-world aesthetics with modern functionality, these luxury watches come in eight collections.
They recently revealed a new tropical bird automata minute-repeater wristwatch, and a one-of-a-kind minute-repeater pocket watch, along with unveiling two new versions (only eight pieces each) of its Charming Bird automata timepieces. The Loving Butterfly combines beautiful watch with intricate windup toy made of 18-karat gold and precious materials.
Through the press of a button at the top of the crown, the watch comes to life and shows off Jaquet Droz master mechanical wizardry and artwork. The beat of the butterfly’s wings, which is located in the center of the watch just under the dial, leads to the chariot which is behind it to start ‘turning’ with the illusion created by the combination of fixed and mobile spokes. During this 90-second time-frame, the butterfly flutters its wings a remarkable 300 times and provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop.
Comprised of forty hand-engraved parts in white or red gold to the trees, only 0.2 millimeters thick, bring the watchmaking expertise to innovative art-form. These fine gold lines contrast with the dial in onyx or Polynesian black mother-of-pearl, making for a striking scene every time. The watch itself is 43 mm in diameter and features a rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap and with 1.80 carats of invisibly set, baguette-cut diamonds. As a limited edition, each version only has 28 pieces ever produced, it is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the craftsmen of Jaquet Droz.