Monday, December 12, 2016

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Rooster - The Chinese New Year Edition

As the Chinese calendar turns to the New Year under the sign of the Fire Rooster, Jaquet Droz introduces four models, based on the iconic Petite Heure Minute timepiece. Realised under the prestigious Ateliers d’Art label these timepieces also celebrate the historic ties between China and brand known for its twin stars.

Two of the models pay tribute to miniature painting. This extraordinary discipline passed down from the Enlightenment masters is expressed in the form of two Grand Feu enamel dials which are housed in 39 mm red gold cases and set with diamonds for the 35 mm model. The rooster, which is accompanied by peonies to represent springtime renewal, is depicted on the underside of the hand-engraved oscillating weight in a watercolor style to echo Chinese calligraphy masterpieces. Each model is unique, depicting true miniature paintings that reflect the artist's skilled hand. To the left of the dial, bamboo shoots represent yet another promise of happiness.
The miniature sculpture technique was used for the other two precious models. Limited to 28 pieces, the first Petite Heure Minute Rooster combines volumes of red gold and its unique light with a dial inlaid with jadeite and mother-of-pearl, which are hand-engraved in the Jaquet Droz workshops. This miniature masterpiece celebrates one of the most symbolic materials in Asia: jade, the symbol of luck and health, which is given as a gift to mark life's most important moments. The dial is then patinated and hand-painted in monochromatic shades that enhance each relief.
Ultimately, the splendor of this remarkable creation evokes both the brilliance of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art and the ingenuity of traditional Chinese painting. Jaquet Droz has also created a limited edition of eight entirely hand-painted pieces illuminated by glistening rooster feathers. These extraordinarily realistic paintings beautifully complement the radiance of the diamonds featured on the pieces. The soft sun rising in the mist, the sloping mountainside and delicate peony petals rendered in a black and white palette are further enhanced by the brilliance of precious stones. This exceptional work is repeated again on the oscillating weight, which is crafted in gold, engraved, patinated and decorated in jadeite.

Featuring a movement with a double barrel and a silicon escapement, these four models demonstrate the degree to which Jaquet Droz's passion and expertise in gemstones, sculpture and miniature painting go hand in hand with the dialog that the twin-star brand has always maintained with China.

Technical details
Collection: Les Ateliers D'art

Petite Heure Minute Rooster, Reference: J005003222
Numerus Clausus of 28
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement, balance-spring and pallet-fork horns in silicon, double barrel, flat bridges, 22-karat red gold oscillating weight with hand-engraved rooster applique.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-karat red gold, set with 232 diamonds (1.23 carats)
Diameter Ø 35 mm
Height 10.75 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature painting
Hands: 18-karat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-karat red gold ardillon

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 232 diamonds, 1.23 carats

Petite Heure Minute Rooster, Reference: J005013216
Numerus Clausus of 28
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement, balance-spring and pallet-fork horns in silicon, double barrel, flat bridges, 22-karat red gold oscillating weight with hand-engraved rooster applique.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter Ø 39 mm
Height 12.23 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature painting
Hands: 18-karat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-karat red gold ardillon

Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster, Reference: J005023282
Numerus Clausus of 28
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with jadeite and 22-karat red gold hand-patinated and engraved rooster applique.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter Ø 41 mm
Height 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat red gold dial with inlaid jadeite and engraved white mother-of-pearl, with miniature painting decoration and onyx center. Hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat red gold rooster relief applique.
Hands: 18-karat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-karat red gold ardillon

Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster, Reference: J005024282
Numerus Clausus of 8
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight with jadeite and 22-karat white gold hand-patinated and engraved rooster applique.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-karat white gold case set with 272 diamonds, total of 1.02 carats.
Diameter Ø 41 mm
Height 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold dial with inlaid jadeite and engraved white mother-of-pearl, with miniature painting decoration. Hand-painted and engraved 18-karat white gold rooster relief applique, white mother-of-pearl center.
Hands: Blued steel

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made blue alligator leather
Buckle: 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 24 diamonds, total of 0.14 carat.

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total number of diamonds: 296 diamonds
Total carat weight: 1.16 carats

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