In this masterpiece of miniaturisation and poetry, Jaquet Droz incorporates the Asian art of eggshell mosaic for the first time in horology. The scene depicted on the dial - an elephant moves across a landscape of paddy fields - of the new Petite Heure Minute, reflects the artistic innovation and mastery of the Swiss watch manufacture.
Discovered while traveling in Vietnam, this surprising artistic skill involves the use of duck eggshell tesserae to produce unique pictures. The technique has never before been used in watchmaking, and for the craftsmen at Jaquet Droz, the challenge lay in miniaturizing the mosaic to decorate one of its historic models, the Petite Heure Minute (here with a 43 mm diameter).
Les Ateliers D'art Collection
Model: Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant
Numerus Clausus of 8
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat red gold oscillating weight hand-engraved in relief with elephant motif
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h
18-carat red gold, diameter Ø 43 mm
Height 11.48 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)
18-carat red gold dial with elephant motif in lacquered quail eggshell mosaic, onyx center.
Hands: 18-carat red gold
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18 carat red gold ardillon buckle
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