Jac­quet Dorz’s watch

NEW­EST BUT­TER­FLY AU­TO­MA­TION

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | BY JARONE ASHKE­NAZI

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.

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