Jaquet Droz embraces the natural world once again. In a new ultra-limited series (Numerus Clausus 28 pieces), the Ateliers d’Art at Jaquet Droz are breaking creative boundaries to immortalize the mighty lion. King of the animals, the extraordinary big cat is a mystical and mythological icon of power and strength. This symbol of majesty now gazes out from the Petite Heure Minute by Jaquet Droz. The brand manages to capture the intensity of the lion’s expression: a quiet strength at rest that transforms into breathtaking speed as he hunts his prey.
Jaquet Droz chose miniature painting as the only medium capable of rendering the singular spirit and fine detail of the lion’s expression. His gaze and fur are intricately hand-painted by the artists of Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art, who used a range of brushes –some of a single bristle measuring a mere hair’s breadth– to bring to life details barely perceived by the naked eye. The vibrant portrait roars to life within a 43 mm case. Each of the 28 pieces is hand-crafted, with slight variations making each piece one-of-a-kind.
Adding to their distinctive character, the pieces employ a technique unique for Jaquet Droz. The motif is painted in miniature over a base of black Grand Feu enamel, lending it an unprecedented level of depth: the lion seems to emerge from the case. It is a striking contrast of style as much as color, juxtaposing the modernity of the sleek black enamel dial with the craftsmanship of the miniature painting in color produced by Jaquet Droz artists.
Every timepiece is supplied with an Ateliers d’Art certificate. Here the individual craftsmen who worked on each of the 28 models describe the artisan techniques used to produce the piece. Their proud and precious handiwork thus takes its place in the grand tradition of Jaquet Droz, custodian of the Art of Astonishment, whose latest chapter is the Petite Heure Minute Lion.
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For the ninth consecutive time, Jaquet Droz is proud to donate a unique piece of its own creation, designed exclusively for Only Watch, a charity sale to benefit the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy), and featuring a degree of technical ambition and aesthetic never-before achieved: A Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon adorned with a plique-à-jour enamel dial.
Issued in eight pieces to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Bird Repeater, an automaton with a minute repeater, embodies the essence of the House. Its dial in white mother-of-pearl and black onyx features appliqués in 18K red gold. Multiple bird animations, eggs hatching and the river in the background breathe life into this creation. This weave of intricate animations, completely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, which is housed at the heart of its 18K red gold case in 47mm, one of fine watchmaking's most virtuoso complications.
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