2019 is the year of the Pig. Jaquet Droz honors the twelfth and last animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle with four exquisite examples of craftsmanship.
Today, Jaquet Droz presents its annual limited series celebrating the Chinese New Year. This keenly anticipated collection spotlights in turn each animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 2018 was the year of the Dog, and now the Pig is the final animal in the cycle. An iconic animal in Chinese culture, the Pig marks the end of a cycle imbued with its core character traits. These traits extend to people born during this twelfth year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
Those born in the year of the Pig are said to be loyal, cautious and attentive. The Pig is empathic, selflessly devoted to the causes of others, endlessly trusting and exceptionally honest. Integrity is another quality associated with the Pig. Calm at all times, even in the most stressful situations, those born in the year of the Pig have a sense for entrepreneurship and responsibility – qualities that insure they always complete their duties and tasks. They are aided in this by good health that allows them to enjoy happy moments to the fullest.
To honor this highly symbolic animal, Jaquet Droz begins with a pair of Petite Heure Minute models in red gold, issued in a limited series of 28 pieces each (numerus clausus). The ladies’ version features a 35 mm case set with diamonds, while the unisex version has a 39 mm case and no diamond setting. On both of these watches, the Art of Miniature Painting was chosen to depict a young Pig in a field of wheat. Applying the brand’s signature naturalist technique, Jaquet Droz evokes the abundance and prosperity of a ripe wheat crop, and the calm and good sense of the Pig who stands before it, visibly disinterested. On the back of the piece, the gold oscillating mass is engraved with a similar scene.
Engraving is the dominant art in the second new pair of limited-series pieces: the Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig. Here, a wild pig is depicted in front of eight oak trees. The number eight has a special significance for Chinese culture, which sees it as a lucky number, and for Jaquet Droz, whose flagship model, the Grande Seconde, is based on the aesthetic of its infinite loops. The mighty oak tree is a symbol of power, longevity, and moral and physical strength.
Both of these limited-series models display an onyx hours and minutes disk that gleams in sheer bottomless black. In the first creation – a numerus clausus of 28 pieces – the brand has chosen to contrast the black onyx with a 43 mm red gold case featuring a red gold engraving. In the second limited series of eight pieces, a white gold case and engraving accentuate the black onyx of the disk. The case and lugs are set with diamonds. In both models, the boar is depicted in a relief engraving on the oscillating mass, with an onyx applique providing the backdrop. The brand proposes a selection of charming and heartfelt tributes to this very special year, illustrated by the wealth of Jaquet Droz craftsmanship.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
A warmed up stage, a drum kit, a few guitars and a harmonica: “It’s only rock’n’roll!” Today, Jaquet Droz unveils the first out of the 23 unique timepieces to retrace the world of the Rolling Stones through motion. Beside the arm of a record player that hovers over a platinum album replica (the power reserve), a scene depicts their signature instruments in miniature paintings and gold thread. The external disc rotates up to 8 consecutive times for 30 seconds and is adorned with the albums that the collector will choose for his unique timepiece. At 9 o'clock, the iconic tongue beats rhythmically, from left to right and from top to bottom. “And I like it!”
After three years of work, Jaquet Droz and John Howe have developed an Art Watch dedicated to emotion, wonder and fantasy. Draped in gold and rare stones, their dragon has a record 9 distinct animations. Inside a 43 mm case, the piece is entirely handmade and can be customized almost without limit by the client. Thanks to a Studio in the heart of the Jaquet Droz head quarter, clients will be offered an immersive phygital experience that will allow them to witness the live creation of their timepieces. There is no series to be announced, only unique pieces.
The “Effinger” clock dated from 1783 and signed Jaquet-Droz, has been sold at CHF 256,000.-, which is more than three times the starting bid of CHF 70,000.-, during the Koller auction on March the 31st 2022.
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