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Jaquet Droz - Loving Butterfly Automaton

Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton

Celebrating love and passion, the automaton featuring a cherub in a chariot drawn by a butterfly comes to life on three new dials made of meteorite, aventurine and opal.

As part of its 280th anniversary celebrations Jaquet Droz has unveiled new limited editions of its "Loving Butterfly Automaton". First presented in 2017, this creation pays tribute to lyricism, naturalism and the art of watchmaking. The automaton is true to the brand’s history. It honors the two-centuries-old story of a watchmaker, Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, and his android automaton that drew breathtaking sketches. One sketch was of a cherub in a chariot drawn by a butterfly, celebrating love and passion. 

This motif has been recreated on a 43 mm timepiece with a new choice of dials in meteorite (28 pieces), aventurine (28 pieces) and opal (unique diamond-set piece). The Jaquet Droz Art of Astonishment takes center stage in a new palette of tones and contrasts in which nature and emotions play starring roles.

Loving Butterfly Automaton

© Jaquet Droz

The attention to detail is unrivaled. Each element is hand-crafted. Each tree spans a mere 0.2 mm, its slender grooves carved using purpose designed tools. The butterfly, like the chariot, is composed of several dozen fixed and mobile appliques carved by artisan jewelers. The motif is staged in a theater of nature, the set emerging from either side of the dial. Multiple levels lend the piece a depth of perspective that invites the gaze to wander, drift and stray.

The meteorite dial version features an animated composition in red gold, alongside hour and minute hands on an onyx background. Shades of gray, gold and black lend new depth to the animated scene by Jaquet Droz. In the foreground a butterfly beats its wings, drawing a chariot behind it. The wheels, too, are in motion. The standing cherub evokes Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who also set off to explore the world in his day.

Loving Butterfly Automaton

Loving Butterfly Automaton in red gold with meteorite dial © Jaquet Droz

The second version features white gold and mother-of-pearl on an aventurine dial. Like a dream of a starry sky, this composition places the cherub and butterfly before a shimmering silver Moon, symbolized by the mother-of-pearl watch dial whose tones are echoed in the diamond setting of the bezel and lugs.

Loving Butterfly Automaton

Loving Butterfly Automaton in white gold with aventurine dial © Jaquet Droz

The final opal dial version gleams with a richness of color. Blues and greens compose a bright, colorful canvas for the red gold of the trees, cherub, chariot and butterfly. The hours and minutes dial at 12 o’clock is set with baguette-cut diamonds throughout, in an invisible setting. They are arranged in a sunray pattern, allowing this one-of-a-kind piece to glitter and shimmer in a blazing aura of gold, opal and diamond.

Loving Butterfly Automaton

Loving Butterfly Automaton in red gold with opal dial © Jaquet Droz

Each of the compositions draws on the Jaquet Droz codes: automatons, Ateliers d’Art, exceptional mechanisms, mineral dials and numerus clausus. The butterfly, steered by the hand of love, carries the cherub toward new creative horizons whose foundations were laid by the Jaquet Droz family exactly 280 years ago. This anniversary grants the brand an opportunity to celebrate its creative genius, with the figure of the butterfly symbolizing the fleeting nature of time as much as the power of love.

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An elegant, outward-looking philosophy that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment is still at the heart of Jaquet Droz's identity. The fine and rare handcrafts practiced at the company’s workshops produce exquisite miniature works of art and automata that combine the best of design with unprecedented levels of horological know-how.

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