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Jaquet Droz "The Vulture" and "The Chief"

Jaquet Droz unveils its first collection dedicated to the art of dance and its partnership with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.

The Béjart Ballet Lausanne company, in collaboration with the Tokyo Ballet, interprets Maurice Béjart's legendary choreography of the IX Symphonie, while the brand known by its twin stars celebrates dance and movement by revealing two exclusive versions of the Petite Heure Minute.

These two timepieces are the result of the collaboration between Jaquet Droz, the Béjart Ballet and the watercolorist Stéphanie Barba. The artist is the one who brought the dancers to life on paper, paying tribute to the ballets, to the gracefulness of dance, but above all to movement.

Jaquet Droz discovered the work of an artist with a passion for dance and Maurice Béjart's choreography especially-  The sketches were unique; the technique was there. It was all the watchmaking brand needed to initiate a new collaboration and pay its own homage to
dance through the work of Stéphanie Barba.

 

Jaquet Droz -Stéphanie Barba

 

A portfolio of twenty sketches inspired by The Rite of Spring held an immediate attraction for the Ateliers d'Art. The brand's artisans selected two: "The Vulture" and "The Chief".

To give Stéphanie Barba's drawings full expression, Jaquet Droz chose the dial of the Petite Heure Minute.  Its design, unique to the brand, and the generous space it provided would bring the sketches alive. Available in white gold with a 39 mm diameter and diamond-set lugs and case, together with a blue alligator strap to further enhance the diamonds,
the timepiece featuring the Vulture is set to become a model of genuine distinction. The 43 mm version in red gold with a brown crocodile leather strap shows the red-chalk sketch of the Chief. Both timepieces house a self-winding mechanical movement.

 

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The drawings are painted by hand on the enamel dials and engraved on the oscillating weights, making these pieces true works of art. There are 28 pieces of each.

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