News versions of the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure
The majestic, spectacular and symbolic creatures from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia – the lion, the flamingo, and the koi carp – are Jaquet Droz’s guests of honor on three timepieces that bring together the very best of its artisans’ mastery. These all-new versions of the Petite Heure Minute were brought to life in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the brand, and combine miniature painting and black Grand Feu enamel to awaken the desire to travel to new horizons.
Born during the Age of Enlightenment, Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a keen traveler. These three watches resonate with his avant-garde spirit and curiosity, embodying modernity and creativity – the unique equation that has characterized the soul of Jaquet Droz for almost three hundred years. The brand’s artisans, be they painters, engravers or enamelers, have always mastered the art of playing with contrasts. So much so that it can be considered unique to the Ateliers d’Art. In preserving historical techniques while inventing new aesthetics, this department fuses the legend of the past with the beauty of today, thanks to the skilled hands of those who work there. So as to better reveal the eternal splendor of these miniature paintings, here the Grand Feu enamel has been worked to create a deep, uniform black version. The only background capable of enhancing the painter’s precise and infinitely thin brushstrokes, the dense and magnetic enamel gives each ornamental motif its impression of depth.
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Extraordinarily vivid and captured with almost photographic precision, the animals appear as if they could move at any moment. These lifelike portraits are available as just 28 pieces for each version and come with a certificate of authenticity from the Ateliers d’Art, signed by the artisan whose time was devoted to its creation. Fitted with a self-winding mechanical movement and featuring a 68-hour power reserve, these three Petite Heure Minute watches serve as a reminder that the natural world is never as beautiful as when seen through the prism of exclusivity.