Designed by Shirley Zhang
Micro Paint Enamel of Feitian
Engraving Grottoes of Dunhuang
Feitan and Dunhuang represent the essence of Chinese art. The art of Dunhuang covers more than ten major genres, such as architecture, stucco sculpture, wall paintings, silk paintings, calligraphy, woodblock printing, embroidery, literature, music and dance, and popular entertainment. This watch perceives an exploration of the kinship between a set of designing principles steeped in the vast and ancient Eastern culture, and the values of a Western establishment that specializes in technical precision and understated elegance.
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.
This time she has collaborated with Jaquet Droz to present the art of Grand Feu enamel thought a timepiece equipped with a minute repeater automatic movement. She has combined the philosophical essence of the Chinese Taoist school with the Jaquet Droz brand identity. The sky and the earth, movement and stillness, rigidity and softness, time and space are perfectly balanced on the dial. It is ethereal and shocking. The collection is limited to 8 unique pieces only.
“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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