The Petite Heure Minute is a watch that immediately catches the eye. With its off-center hours and minutes subdial at 12 o’clock, this icon of Swiss timepieces has become the playing field for the craftsmen of the twin-star brand: a blank page constantly reinvented through Jaquet Droz's prism of creativity and sensitivity.
In the grand tradition of embellishing dials with precious jewels that Jaquet Droz does with panache, this time astorite is showcased – a rare gem from the United States. One solid, sized and hand-polished piece makes the result visually spectacular! On a pink background sparkling with gold and silver inclusions, and black flecks and veins, the dial is transformed into an authentic tableau of contemporary art worn on the wrist in 35 mm. The legend of John Astor becomes a part of Jaquet Droz's own legend; astorite, a stone named in Astor's honor, comes from the Colorado mine that belonged to this entrepreneur who perished on the Titanic.
Limited to 28 pieces, this rare and precious watch, the Petite Heure Minute Astorite, epitomizes feminine elegance. The pink of the astorite reflects the richness of the red gold case, ring and hands, and the soft waviness of white mother-of-pearl. Illuminated with diamonds set in the bezel and lugs, the Petite Heure Minute Astorite immediately captivates with its clean lines, true to the spirit of Jaquet Droz, where real luxury pulsates with sheer beauty.
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.
Jaquet Droz and designer Shirley Zhang unveiled their joint minute repeater watch, alongside its NFT counterpart, at the inaugural Shanghai Jiahe winter auction. A first for both Jaquet Droz and the Shanghai Jiahe auction house.
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