The latest Petite Heure Minute.
The timepiece harks back to its signature off-center displays with a single circle for the hours and minutes positioned at 12 o’clock. The two soft-tinted midnight blue hands swinging inside match the hand-made rolled-edged alligator leather strap.
White mother-of-pearl fills in the dial with iridescent gray and white reflections that add to the look of the moon’s nocturnal glow. It is the perfect luminescence for the surprisingly thin 35 mm steel case. Finished with a white gold ring, it is an aesthetic expression of the meticulous attention to detail Jaquet Droz lavishes on its creations. The metals shine with slightly different intensities that complement one another to accent the distinctive properties of the mother-of-pearl on the dial.
This latest Petite Heure Minute Mother-of-Pearl exists in two versions with one featuring a bezel studded with 160 diamonds (0.97 carat). As a final touch for the white gold, steel and mother-of-pearl, the diamonds cast flecks of light on the case’s contours for a piece with rare radiance. This sleekly finished studded model is a classy alternative to the gold and steel version that is more modern and streamlined. Both versions are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with double barrels that provide up to a 68-hour power reserve.
Today sees the unveiling of two new versions of the Lady 8 Petite, which channel watchmaking elegance into a mere 25 mm of case, while playing with their unique figure 8 design.
The Lady 8 is the exclusively women’s collection by Jaquet Droz, formed around a case in the shape of a figure 8, the symbol of perfection. It’s a geometry dear to Jaquet Droz, also evocative of the Maison’s famous Grande Seconde, whose design is likewise inspired by the soft curves of the emblematic number. In 2018, Jaquet Droz adapted the Lady 8 into the Lady 8 Petite, a precious version that channels the essence of its predecessor into a minimalist diameter.
Cloaked in malachite, the new Lady 8 Petite features a summery, lively, mineral green displayed on a matching leather strap. Malachite is one of the oldest decorative stones used by man and is often associated with luck, wealth and protection. It’s unique for slight variations in hue that stem from the presence of copper in its composition. At the heart of the Lady 8 Petite collection, the unique brilliance of this dial finds its perfect match in an 18-carat red gold case, specially set with 68 diamonds to highlight its bezel. As a finishing touch to this intensely radiant composition, a moving bead of malachite slides and spins between the fingers, like an allegory of time elusive.
By its side comes a second, equally modern variation of the Lady 8 Petite by Jaquet Droz, featuring mother-of-pearl in top billing. The precious material’s iridescence washes over the dial, which is embellished with a delicate railway that marks the hours and minutes. At 12 o’clock, the piece displays an authentic pearl, whose brilliance is reflected in the 41 diamonds of the gem-set dial. For the first time, Jaquet Droz gifts its Lady 8 Petite with a caramel-color double-wrap strap, crafted from calfskin. Its white top-stitching recalls the sparkle of the diamonds, lending this mother-of-pearl version a chic, modern allure.
Located along the bay of Hong Kong, in the heart of the luxurious Harbour City shopping mall, the new Jaquet Droz boutique features an entirely new design, blending tones of black, beige and gray. A special meeting place for collectors and enthusiasts of Fine Watchmaking, who can now discover the Jaquet Droz universe in an atmosphere marked by modernity and elegance, just like its creations.
The new boutique’s inauguration was celebrated on June 14 in the presence of Mr. Christian Lattmann, the brand’s CEO, Mr. Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director of The Swatch Group (Hong Kong) Limited, Ms. Sylvia Yau, Vice-President of Jaquet Droz Hong Kong & Macao and Ms. Veronica Chan, General Manager (Retail & Leasing Business Development) of Harbour City Estates Limited. Film actor Moses Chan, friend and enthusiast of the brand, also figured among the prestigious guests.
Over the course of the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to discover the new Jaquet Droz watchmaking releases as well, including the exceptional Magic Lotus Automaton. The brand’s latest creation is an ode to life and its eternal renewal. A new development that was designed and assembled in house, this automaton features an exceptionally long animation, lasting more than four minutes. In this time, a naturalist fresco unfolds with all the grace and serene beauty of a Zen garden.
Boasting a heritage of more than 280 years, Jaquet Droz built its reputation with Chinese royalty, especially with the Qing Dynasty. Indeed, it was Emperor Qianlong himself who was the first to translate the name of the “Jaquet-Droz” family into Mandarin – a translation still used today.
TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER
Jaquet Droz will only manufacture one copy of this exquisite creation at its Ateliers d’Art. The height of luxury in a singular piece.
An original work of art that embodies Jaquet Droz‘s cherished Philosophy of the Unique. The brand gave its Ateliers d’Art and watchmakers full artistic license for this latest Tropical Bird Repeater. The finished product is an incredibly refined new animated timepiece that is heavily influenced by the company’s naturalist legacy without abandoning any of its contemporary artistry. The piece is covered in mother-of-pearl that softly shimmers with pink and a watch dial in full pavé baguette-cut diamond, each one in its own invisible setting. The numerus clausus 01/01 creation is designed for the experienced collector seeking the ultimate in exclusive luxury.
A closer look reveals a tone-on-tone nature scene with an animated hummingbird in motion against an entirely hand-crafted tropical backdrop. The hand-engraved mother-of-pearl dial is used as a canvas to depict a lush wilderness with frolicking peacock, toucan, dragonfly, and hummingbird. In a first for watchmaking, the exclusive animation of the hummingbird flutters its wings 40 times per second. It’s a surprisingly rapid pace, not to mention a serious challenge for the Jaquet Droz watchmakers, who were determined to replicate the hummingbird’s distinctive high-speed wing movements as faithfully as possible.
The peacock to its right fans out then folds up its tail and at 3:00 the toucan pops out from behind the leaves of a Monstera deliciosa plant and opens its beak. At 9:00, three graceful dragonflies dance through the air only adding to the magic at all hours of the day their tiny wings are painted with Super-LumiNova that glows in the dark. There is a total of seven animations that can last over 12 seconds and are capable of up to four different scenarios.
The hummingbird and foliage elements are applied to the dial. This placement puts them in relief for an incredibly realistic effect as if they were actually coming out of the dial. The Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art individually engraved and painted each of these elements by hand. They make a background fresco come alive with a river flowing beneath a waterfall sustaining the lush tropical flora.
This is also the first Tropical Bird Repeater designed with a dial featuring 180 baguette-cut diamonds (total 1.8 carats) that are invisibly set in the center. It glows like a life-giving sun shining in the middle of the naturalist fresco, giving it unique radiance. The red gold minute and hour hands orbiting the sun tie in perfectly with the 47 mm case that is also made of red gold and whose horns side and case middle have been hand-engraved in the Ateliers d’Art. The Jaquet Droz artisans also set the lugs with an unprecedented 36 baguette-cut diamonds (total 2.76 carats).
The only one of its kind in Fine Watchmaking, this animated composition includes a grand watchmaking complication: the minute repeater. It can be set to mark the hour, quarter hour and minute with vibrating chimes set off by hammers inside the case. There are only a handful of brands fortunate enough to use this complex mechanism, which is triggered by a lock on the side of the case. Its Jaquet Droz RMA89 movement is equipped with a virtually silent wheeled regulator. The speed of the minute repeater is regulated by strokes of small leaf springs on the outside. Some of the other innovations in the complication include new rack springs, an extended pause between the quarter-hours and minutes, and a major third to ring on the quarter hour. This piece has an impressive 50-hour power reserve so time and again its collector can experience the magic of the Philosophy of the Unique, a philosophy that Jaquet Droz has been upholding each and every day for 280 years.
Ever the explorer, the Grande Seconde Dual Time presents a stylish and contemporary new look that ushers the centuries-strong aesthetic of the Grande Seconde toward new horizons.
Any travel watch must display dual times zones (local and home time) and the date. Jaquet Droz met this technical prerequisite with panache, in keeping with the immutable aesthetic codes of the Grande Seconde, and so its Dual Time has stood the test of time in accompanying globetrotters on their adventures.
Travel has a historical significance for Jaquet Droz. Some three centuries ago, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot, crossed seas and continents to share their mechanical marvels with the world. From Switzerland to Spain, and from France to China via England, the Jaquet-Droz family from 1758 onward were pioneers of the international clockmaking trade.
The evolution of a piece as iconic as the Grande Seconde Dual Time therefore has a particular significance for the heritage of the brand. In this latest version, the aesthetic has been thoroughly revised. Starting with the same self-winding mechanical caliber (with silicon balance spring and pallet lugs) Jaquet Droz finds a new home for its travel complication, nestled in the bottom half of the Grande Seconde’s signature figure 8 dial. At its heart the continents are seen flat from the North Pole in an azimuthal projection. The powdery finish chosen by the brand brings the modern-day mappemonde to life with the realism and volume of the Earth’s texture. The continents are depicted on a mirror polished backdrop in a choice of black or anthracite.
In another standout new feature of this new Dual Time collection, the 24-hour home time display is split into two distinct 12-hour segments: white for daytime and black for night, making the reading of the home time more immediate and intuitive. The local time, on the top half of the Grande Seconde dial, is regulated by jumping an hour, which makes it quicker to set the time on arrival at the destination. The date adjusts automatically to this change, and is indicated by a red-tipped hand that sweeps around a circular satin-finish applied ring.
Jaquet Droz today unveils four versions of the Grande Seconde Dual Time that display this new aesthetic. Two steel case versions (onyx or silvery opaline dial) present a contemporary minimalist look that can be worn by travelers for any occasion, while two red gold versions (ivory or black Grand Feu enamel dial) retain the classic Jaquet Droz heritage –a new venture to add to the family saga that dates back more than 280 years.
“Some watches tell time. Some tell a story.”
A refined piece of timeless elegance, this limited edition Lady 8 Petite is an ode to romance in red: the color of passion.
Dainty, discreet and delicately feminine, the Lady 8 Petite by Jaquet Droz is an ideal showcase for the unique geometric crystal structure of the mineral.
Issued in a limited series (Numerus Clausus of 28 pieces), the signature figure 8 dial reveals a ruby heart topped with a ruby ball bearing that swivels freely, slipping through the fingers like passing time. A bezel set with 68 diamonds coils around this gleaming fairytale of a timepiece and is complemented by a buckle set with 23 diamonds.
This 25 mm piece is powered by a Jaquet Droz self-winding movement. The red gold oscillating mass is engraved with a wave pattern that echoes the romance of its beating heart.