Monday, February 16, 2015

Jaquet Droz Sunstone Collection (Petite Heure Minute Sunstone, Grande Seconde Sunstone & Lady 8 Sunstone)

Jaquet Droz‘s new Sunstone collection pays tribute to aventurine glass that was originated from Murano’s traditional and artisan glass making industry. In the dawn of the 17th century, an artisan glass-maker accidentally lets some tiny shards of metal slip into the vitreous paste. It was, in fact, a serendipitous mistake. In this lagoon devoted heart and soul to the cult of beauty, it gave rise to aventurine glass, a substance rendered more beautiful with splinters of light, unique in the world.

This product of a chance "avventura" - "adventure" in Italian - remains to this day one of the most fascinating materials to work with for artisan craftsmen and women. Its matchless, shimmering blue and infinite iridescence naturally caught the eye of Jaquet Droz, and the brand is pursuing this aesthetic adventure in 2015 by introducing a new variety to its collections: Sunstone.
A "Pierre de  Soleil" ("Stone of the Sun"), it has a singular radiance in which flecks of gold scintillate in an ember like glow of spellbinding intensity, evoking the luminous power of the star considered by the sages of Sunstone carries within it both a solar, astral magic and the ultimate refinement of the Venetian Golden Age.

Enthralling, astonishing, Sunstone is the latest addition to a long tradition cherished by the brand, that of mineral dials, carved of jasper, lapis lazuli or meteorites, and all worked with the incredible dexterity particular to Jaquet Droz. That the master dial-makers should choose emblematic models to celebrate this new material was therefore a natural step. It graces the Grande Seconde Cerclée, adorning the 8 formed by the two interlocked dials, and the Petite Heure Minute 35 mm, embellishing the model with a touch of novel originality. Meanwhile, the dial of the Lady 8 is caught up in a sensual flurry of golden specks, which now make this jewelry watch - in its exquisite femininity - more vibrant than ever.

With Sunstone, and these three new models, Jaquet Droz has chosen to begin the year not only with innovation but also with beauty, individuality and the infinite dream embodied by these motes of gold dust. A blush of flame, passionate and unique, becomes a galaxy of wondrous stars on the wrist, akin to a desire to travel with the promise of imminent fulfillment.

Petite Heure Minute Collection
Model: Petite Heure Minute Sunstone

Numerus Clausus: 88
Reference: J005003271

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat red gold case set with 232 diamonds (1.22 carats)
Diameter 35 mm
Height 10.4 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Sunstone. 18-carat red gold ring
HANDS: 18-carat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather
BUCKLE: 18-carat red gold folding clasp

Caratage Total / Diamants / Pierres De Couleur
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 232 diamonds, 1.22 carats

Grande Seconde Collection
Model: Grande Seconde Sunstone


Numerus Clausus: 88
Reference: J014013340

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial
Jewelling: 30 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat red gold case
Diameter 39 mm
Height 11.52 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Sunstone. 18-carat red gold ring and screws
Hands: 18-carat red gold

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat red gold ardillon buckle

Lady 8 Collection
Model: Lady 8 Sunstone


Numerus Clausus: 88
Reference: J014503271

Movement
Jaquet Droz 1153, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
Indications: Centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat red gold case set with 63 diamonds (0.66 carats)
Diameter 35 mm
Sunstone ball bearing at 12 o'clock and crown cabochon
Height 12.7 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Sunstone. 18-carat red gold studded ring
Hands: 18-carat red gold, cambered

Strap
Integral rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat red gold folding clasp set with 21 diamonds (0.22 carats)

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds / Colored Gemstones
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 84 diamonds, 0.88 carats

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