The Petite Heure Minute Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art collection recently received an update with three new pieces. Decorated with vibrant miniature paintings on a black Grand Feu enameled dial, limited editions aim to encourage the wearer to travel to exotic locations. To highlight the wildlife from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia they have chosen a lion, flamingo and a koi carp. With this series, the brand also pays tribute to Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his many travels to far away destinations, which in many ways helped in his creativity.
The Ateliers d’Art is a unique collection even to the brand, mainly because of the contrasting art forms their painters, engravers and enamelers employ creating every piece. On these new watches, Jaquet Droz artisans have used deep black Grand Feu enameled discs, which helped highlight painter’s thin brushstroked miniature paintings.
Each watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement and featuring a 68-hour power reserve. A limited edition, only 28 pieces are made of each version and they come with a certificate of authenticity from the Ateliers d’Art, signed by the artisan responsible for crafting. Check out the three Petite Heure Minute Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art timepieces below.
Since time immemorial, the king of the beasts has fascinated powerful figures, as well as poets and artists. A symbol of strength, nobility, and power, the lion is encircled with a mane in rich shades of brown, black and russet. Viewed from the side, the unmoving big cat emanates an aura of wisdom and vigor – precious values that are bathed in the light of the red gold case, which measures a generous 43 mm in diameter.
With its bold plumage and impressive beak, the surprising Caribbean flamingo immediately catches the eye. 248 brilliant-cut diamonds are set along the 39 mm diameter red gold case, adding their brilliance to this eminently elegant spectacle of the bird as it seemingly prepares to unfurl its long, majestic neck.
The koi carp swim inside a 39 mm diameter case amid reeds and lotus flowers. A symbol of longevity, the fish, with their multicolored scales, dance an aquatic ballet that has always been cherished in Asia for its grace and serenity. The koi carp on this model also evoke the West’s fascination for the Far East in the 18th century, during the lifetime of Pierre Jaquet-Droz. It’s no surprise therefore that his watch creations were the first to penetrate the walls of the Forbidden City.
Available at the Jaquet-Droz website.