The Only Watch 2015 auction is indeed sizzling with a lot of interesting timepieces. For this charity event, Jaquet Droz, as a long-time partner of Only Watch, has prepared the unique model of the Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée.
This one-of-a-kind timepiece is housed in an 18-karat yellow gold case which measures 43mm in diameter and boasts a deep red pailloné enameled dial. This ornamental technique consists of creating a raised motif by using tiny pieces of gold leaf on the dial, applied one by one with great dexterity, followed by the red Grand Feu enamel, which creates the translucent sunburst pattern and intricate trellis-work. The paillonné enameling technique was handed down from the goldsmiths of the Renaissance.
Its exquisitely delicate dial comprises yellow gold hands, the name plate and the sub-dial ring on the dial, both secured by the matching 18-karat gold screws.
This elegant and sophisticated watch is not only one-of-a-kind because of its decoration, but it also features the exceptional movement which is tooled with a silicon spiral, a material whose flexibility, shock resistance and resistance to temperature and pressure variations, as well as magnetic fields provide perfect stability over time.
Interestingly, it is the very first time that Jaquet Droz incorporates the material in a Petite Heure Minute. The gorgeous movement can be admired through the crystal sapphire glass on the case back of the watch. The reverse side of the watch also reveals the inscription “unique piece Only Watch 2015″.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée for Only Watch 2015 features wealth of the Jaquet Droz’s distinctive finishes, such as the curve of the horns. The watch is attached to a rolled-edge hand-made prestige alligator leather strap, fitted with the forged ardillon buckle in 18-karat yellow gold.
This unique Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée will be a part of the 43 timepieces auctioned on 7 November at the Only Watch charity sale in Geneva, with all proceeds from the sale to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This genetic neuromuscular disease provokes a progressive organism-wide degeneration of muscles and affects 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide.