The house of Jaquet Droz unveils new watches designed to celebrate the Chinese New Year which begins on January 28, 2017. The upcoming year will be the year of the Rooster which is the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac and it is seen as honest, confident and hardworking.
The craftsmen of Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Arts have also been hardworking and they have created two new watches based on the Petite Heure Minute which are available in two variants each, thus meaning that we will see 4 outstanding models which pay homage to the Chinese Year of the Rooster. Each of these four novelties celebrates the Jaquet Droz’s historic ties with China, and exemplifies cooperation between its various Ateliers d’Art. Two new Rooster timepieces honor the miniature painting, whilst the miniature sculpture technique was used for the other two models.
The amazingly painted dials of Petite Heure Minute watches were created by using Grand Feu enamel technique. The rooster and beautiful peonies which represent springtime renewal are set within 18-karat red gold case. The charming dial also depicts bamboo shoots symbolizing hope that the upcoming year of the Rooster will be filled with happiness. The rooster is also depicted on the underside of the hand-engraved oscillating weight in a watercolor style to echo Chinese calligraphy masterpieces.
There are two versions of Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Rooster, one featuring a plain dial (ref. J005013216) and measuring 39mm in diameter, and the other one (ref. J005003222) studded with 232 diamonds, weighing 1.23 carats and measuring 35mm in diameter. Each of these two versions is issued in the limited quantity of only 28 pieces.
Jaquet Droz also unveils two models created by using the miniature sculpture technique. The first Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster Watch (ref. J005023282) perfectly combines nuances of red gold and its unique light with a dial inlaid with jadeite and mother-of-pearl. They are engraved by hand in the Jaquet Droz workshops.
The first one is housed in 18-karat red gold case measuring 41mm and featuring the matching red gold rooster set against a dial inlaid with jadeite and mother-of-pearl. This model is produced in the limited series of 28 specimens.
The second Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster Watch (ref. J005024282) features a hand painted rooster with vibrant blue and red colors. This version is housed in 18-karat white gold case set with 272 diamonds, totaling 1.02 carats. This exceptional model is issued in the ultra-limited series of only 8 pieces. From the rear, the case-backs of the second duo of watches also feature interesting rooster details.
All four versions of the Rooster Petite Heure Minute Watches are equipped with self-winding mechanical movements – Jaquet Droz 2653.Si or Jaquet Droz 2653.P for the miniature painting models. The impeccable mechanism comes with a double barrel and a silicon escapement, featuring 22-karat gold oscillating weight. The movement oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and it is capable to store approximately 68 hours of power reserve.