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Jaquet Droz - Paillonné enameling

Jaquet Droz Paillonné enameling

Baselworld 2014 : Jaquet Droz showcases the virtuoso technique of paillonné enameling with three exclusive limited edition models.


Paillonné enameling is a marriage of azure and gold, a design of infinite delicacy, a work born of incredibly high standards. The Jaquet Droz artisans have excelled in this ornamental technique since the 18th century,   and to this day they continue to make dials with the same extraordinarily meticulous care using the Grand Feu enamel process. This involves several firings at temperatures that can approach 1000 °C. Only the trained eye can detect when the color is perfectly consistent and when the motif, picked out in gold paillons placed with surgical precision, has set under the translucent enamel fondant.

Today, the three new models - a 39 mm Petite Heure Minute, a 50 mm pocket watch and a recently added 43 mm Grande Seconde - pay tribute to an art that has endured for three centuries. The motif has been reinvented on each timepiece and plays with yet more circular forms to evoke the floral theme favored by Jaquet Droz.

 

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 39 mm

 

The blued steel hands echo the ultramarine dial, while the light in the red gold case, on a blue or black alligator leather strap, seems to reflect the gleaming paillons.

 

Jaquet Droz Montre de poche de 50 mm dos

 

Each of the three models is a limited edition of 8.

 

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde de 43 mm

 

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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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