These stunning animal motifs are gorgeous and symbolic. Lions, flamingos and koi, which originated in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia respectively, became the creative themes of Jaquet Droz, presented on three timepieces, displaying the superb skills of the brand’s artisan masters. These three unique Petite Heure Minute watches were born in La Chaux-de-Fon, the birthplace of the brand. Blending miniature paintings with black great fire enamel is an invitation to an exotic journey. Born in the age of Enlightenment, Pierre Jaquet-Droz is an extraordinary traveler. These three watches infuse Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s avant-garde spirit and curiosity, and at the same time show the essence of Jaquet Droz’s heritage of nearly three hundred years: modern spirit and extraordinary Creative.
Whether it’s a painter, engraver or enamel master, the brand’s artisan masters are good at using contrast effects. The uniqueness of the art workshop lies in this: it is not only a guardian of historical skills, but also a laboratory of aesthetic innovation. Thanks to the ingenious workmanship, the legendary history is closely linked with the wonderful reality. The Great Fire Enamel uses a deep, uniform black tone to accentuate the timeless beauty of these miniatures. This deep and fascinating bottom surface gives the decorative pattern a unique three-dimensional impression, showing the artist’s precise technique of painting with a thin tip.
Since ancient times, the king of beasts has been sought after by rulers advocating authority, and has also fascinated poets and artists. A lion symbolizes strength, honor, and power, and its mane is mixed with rich shades of brown, black, and red. The side of the lion remains motionless, revealing wisdom and solemnity, and is reflected in a shiny 43mm diameter red gold case, which is even more distinguished. Caribbean flamingos are stunning and irresistible with their bright feathers and unique beaks. The flamingo seems to be stretching her neck. The 39 mm diameter red gold case is set with 248 brilliant-cut diamonds, adding a splendid brilliance to this magnificent beauty. Another model also uses a 39 mm diameter case, with koi swimming freely between reeds and lotus flowers. Koi with multi-colored fish scales symbolizes longevity, dancing in a pool of ballet in the water, exuding elegance and serenity, and has always been favored in Asia. The koi on this watch also represents the era of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Western obsession with Far East culture in the eighteenth century. It is no accident that these watches and clocks were the first exhibits to enter the Forbidden City.
These animal motifs are accurately portrayed like photos and come to life, seeming to be moving. Each of these realistic paintings is limited to 28 pieces, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity of the art workshop signed by the master craftsman who is responsible for making the watch. These three Petite Heure Minute models are equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement and have a 68-hour power reserve, reminding the world of ingenuity and uniqueness in order to show the magnificent natural wonders.