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.
Shirley Zhang, an international jewelry designer who uses enamel art to connect Eastern to Western cultures, expresses her perception of life in the most poetic and aesthetic way in countless classic jewelry creations.
Jaquet Droz achieves two historic results back to back at Christie's auctions in Geneva.
With this refined and colorful summer creation, the House demonstrates its mastery of plique-à-jour enameling, a technique that demands a rare dexterity for a naturalistic, lively and unique composition.
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