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Jaquet Droz - Petite Heure Minute Astorite

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite

A rare gemstone with a legendary aura, astorite adorns the dial of the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute just in time for the lovers’ holiday.

With its off-center hours and minutes subdial at 12 o’clock, the Petite Heure Minute has become the playing field for the craftsmen of the twin-star brand: a blank page constantly reinvented through Jaquet Droz's prism of creativity and sensitivity.

In the grand tradition of embellishing dials with precious jewels, Jaquet Droz has chosen astorite for its new feminine timepiece. The dial is made of one solid, sized and hand-polished disc of astorite. The precious stone comes from a Colorado mine that belonged to entrepreneur John Astor, who perished on the Titanic and gave his name to the astorite.

Petite Heure Minute Astorite
On a pink background sparkling with gold and silver inclusions, and black flecks and veins, the dial is transformed into an authentic tableau of contemporary art.
The pink of the astorite reflects the richness of the 35mm red gold case, ring and hands, and the soft waviness of white mother-of-pearl. The bezel and lugs are illuminated with 232 diamonds (1.23 carat).

In its heart beats the Calibre Jaquet Droz 2653.P, a self-winding mechanical movement, that features balance-spring and pallet-fork horns in silicon, a double barrel, flat bridges and a 18-carat red gold oscillating weight. It powers the hours and minutes and offers a 68-hour autonomy to the watch.

Petite Heure Minute Astorite

An elegant rolled-edge and hand-made grey satin strap, secured with a 18K red gold ardillon, complements this precious, which is limited to 28 pieces.

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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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