Beautiful songbirds from Swiss Jura, the birthplace of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, have always been great inspiration for this famous watchmaker. With its newest masterpieces, Jaquet-Droz once again put these marvelous creatures in the central plan, leaving time to subtly flow in the background, being relatively important, just as it is in the nature. New Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons timepiece comes in two versions (in white and red gold), both demonstrating the brand’s three centuries old artistic crafts, patiently used to create an extraordinary illusion of deepness, to emphasize the beauty of plumage, as well as to make thrilling impression that birds truly move their wings over watch dials. Both versions come in limited editions of just 88 pieces.
The round case with a tiny polished bezel has a mid-size diameter of 41 mm. It is made either of white or red gold. The fist one (Ref. J005024575), designed to attract stylish ladies, features white winter dial tones and a gentle satin strap, contrasted with the striking colors of birds and petit hour and minute hands which show time on the sub-dial above alluring 3-D painting.
Before being applied to the hand-engraved mother-of-pearl dial, birds are sculpted and engraved in gold. When applied, they are painted, together with the dial, getting beautiful shades marked with yellow and blue feathers. The illusion of aliveness of the painting is even reinforced by a sapphire crystal glass whose primary purpose is to protect the dial. The spectacle on the dial is so impressive that one can almost miss the diamond-set inner bezel and lugs (1.19 carats in total).
The second Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons watch (Ref. J005023270) brings the same level of artistry and high-end craftsmanship skills. The white mother-of-pearl dial features a sculpture of birds and branches, executed in red gold. Its color perfectly matches an elegant brown leather strap. Instead of being diamond-set, the inner bezel is beautifully polished to emphasize the masterpiece on the dial.
Another demonstration of the brand’s expertise is showcased on the back-side of the watch. Through a sapphire crystal, you can observe beautifully executed self-winding mechanism, with a golden oscillating mass, featuring exquisite engraving that recalls the shape of the bird. The mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28’000 beats per hour and provides a superb power-reserve of 68 hours.