Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons
The twin-star brand presents two new versions of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons, which portray spring and summer.
Pierre Jaquet-Droz was particularly touched by nature, changes of seasons, different lights, flowers and birds, which inspired many of his creations.
This passion for the natural world is kept alive in the ateliers de Haute Horlogerie, where a number of timepieces preserve the founder’s spirit. Following on from fall and winter, two new models of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons pay homage to spring and summer this time.
The mother-of-pearl, a fragile and flaky material, has been delicately fashioned by the firm’s artisans to form a fine hand-engraved dial. The dial becomes a majestic sky brought to life with every movement of the wrist thanks to its shimmering iridescent effects. Carved from gold then engraved and painted by hand, two pairs of blue tit birds are placed in the background and demonstrate high precision. The plumage, eyes, beaks and round bodies appear very real. The two decorations, two designs of hands and the domed sapphire crystal were specially designed to enhance the three-dimensional effect of the birds, which are emblematic of the La Chaux-de-Fonds region. The branches of blossoming plum trees at the heart of the white gold and diamond-set case evoke the arrival of spring and the signs of awakening life. The chill of the final days of winter is highlighted by the blued steel hands and the gray satin strap. On the second version, dedicated to summer, the sunflowers face the sun in a warm palette of yellows and browns that pay tribute to sunnier days, echoed by the red gold case and hands, and a chocolate-brown alligator strap.
Each of these timepieces comes in a limited edition of 88 pieces. The gold oscillating weight, which is adorned with mother-of-pearl, two sculpted wings and the Jaquet Droz twin stars, can be admired through the sapphire case back.
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.Find out more >
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