The first day of the Chinese New Year is on January 31, 2014. To commemorate this occasion, Jaquet Droz has captured the images of horses on watch canvases in full gallop. The three Jaquet Droz Horse timepieces as inspiration use images of Arab thoroughbred horses which are considered the most beautiful horses in the world, and horses from northwest America. These artistic timepieces are from the Ateliers d’Art series.
All three Horse watches have been made by using the famous know-how of the brand’s master craftsmen, specialized in extremely complex techniques: engraving, painting and Grand Feu enamel.
A stunning mustang is sculptured and situated on the dial of the Petite Heure Minute 43 mm (ref. J005033201). The thoroughbred horse from northwest America is depicted in red gold and engraved in bas-relief. It looks as if it jumps out from the black enamel. For the first time ever, Jaquet Droz used the champlevé technique for this model which highlights movements of the mane and the tail (both filled in with black Grand Feu enamel).
The 41mm Petite Heure Minute Jaquet Droz Horse watch (ref. J005023275) shows a horse rearing up on its hind legs against a backdrop of the Great Wall of China in the background. This beautiful horse is made, engraved and patinated by hand on a mother-of-pearl dial.
The case back of the watch depicts a stunning hand engraved depiction of the Great Wall in 22-karat red gold, oscillating weight next to the brand’s signature of two stars.
The 39mm Petite Heure Minute Jaquet Droz Horse watch (ref. J005013204) shows two Arab thoroughbreds which have been delicately painted on the ivory enamel dial.
All new Horse watches are crafted from 18-karat red gold and produced in the limited quantity of only 88 specimens. Depending on a model, they are attached either to black or brown alligator leather straps. These new Jaquet Droz Horse watches will be available in stores in 2014. They will be officially presented at the Baselworld watch fair 2014 which takes place from March 27 to April 3.
The brand’s founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz was the very first watchmaker to walk through the gates of the Forbidden City – and the Middle Kingdom. Thus, these watches are in a way reminiscent of that occasion, while at the same time, they evoke innovation and an esthetic refinement of the founder.