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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Special Editions – In Association with Béjart Ballet Lausanne & Stéphanie Barba

Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz unveils its first collection dedicated to the art of dance and its partnership with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. The Béjart Ballet Lausanne Company, in collaboration with the Tokyo Ballet, interprets Maurice Béjart’s legendary choreography of the IX Symphonie, while Jaquet Droz celebrates dance and movement by revealing two exclusive versions of the Petite Heure Minute. To create these exceptional pieces the brand has partnered with world renowned water colorist Stéphanie Barba.

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Switzerland marks the 150th anniversary of the first trade and friendship agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the Taikun (the 14th shogun of Japan), which saw the start of commercial relations between the two countries. At the same time, Jaquet Droz pays exceptional tribute to a nation it holds in special affection. Since its creation in the Age of Enlightenment, the La Chaux-de-Fonds Manufacture has consistently maintained a unique relationship with Japan. Artistic and creative parallels, a shared taste for arts and crafts and highly skilled work produced by hand have always been matched by a common fascination for mechanical challenges.

Jaquet Droz watches, exported to Japan in the 18th century via the London agent James Cox, embody this bond based on a reciprocal sense of wonder. Comparisons can also be drawn between the android automata – among the most staggering of Jaquet Droz’s areas of expertise – and karakuriningyo, the mechanized dolls that were being manufactured at the same time in this part of the Far East. Thus, for almost three centuries, Jaquet Droz and Japan have continued to forge special ties founded on mutual admiration and awe.

When Maurice Béjart presented his ballet set to Beethoven’s 9th symphony in 1964, it very soon became one of the masterpieces of his repertoire: an unprecedented achievement and a paean to human fellowship and the intimate fusion of the body and music. In honor of the work, the brand is unveiling two timepieces in Tokyo inspired by Maurice Béjart’s most emblematic choreographies. The two powerfully evocative timepieces epitomize a marriage of music, dance, art and grace in movement.

Jaquet Droz and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne became inseparable partners in 2013. The watchmaking firm is part of the life of the company, supporting its work and sharing its values of rigor, technical mastery and a futuristic vision of its oeuvre.

As the relationship developed, the brand known by its twin stars became closer to the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and its artistic director Gil Roman. At a certain point, the name of Stéphanie Barba was mentioned as the draftswoman who brought the dancers to life on paper, paying tribute to the ballets, to the gracefulness of dance, but above all to movement. As a watercolorist, Stéphanie Barba looked out from the shore, capturing the coastline in its ever-changing procession of moods.  From fleeting landscapes, barely glimpsed yet already transformed, her watchful gaze sought the same transience in human movement. A chance encounter gave her access to the rehearsals and shows at the Paris Opera and the chance to see the leading companies that all came to perform there. She met the highly acclaimed Maurice Béjart in 1983, which turned out to be a revelation. A portfolio of twenty sketches inspired by The Rite of Spring held an immediate attraction for the Ateliers d’Art. The brand’s artisans selected two.

First, “The Vulture,” a magnificent opening of the dancer’s body and one of the movements most characteristic of Béjart’s choreography:  “It takes us back to the beginning of time; Stravinsky’s music is like the sound of a relentlessly pounding hammer – primitive, threatening, troubling and heavy.” Then, “The Chief,” a sketch in red chalk taken from the moment in the ballet when two men fight to rule the tribe.

To give Stéphanie Barba’s drawings full expression, Jaquet Droz chose the dial of the Petite Heure Minute.  Its design, unique to the brand, and the generous space it provided would bring the sketches alive.

Available in white gold with a 39 mm diameter and diamond-set lugs and case, together with a blue alligator strap to further enhance the diamonds, the timepiece featuring the Vulture is set to become a model of genuine distinction.

The 43 mm version in red gold with a brown crocodile leather strap shows the red-chalk sketch of the Chief and will appeal to those who harbor the soul of a leader.

The drawings are painted by hand on the enamel dials and engraved on the oscillating weights, making these pieces true works of art. There are 28 pieces of each.

PETITE HEURE MINUTE BBL “LE VAUTOUR”
Numerus Clausus: 28 / Reference: J005014210

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight hand-engraved in relief with “Le Vautour” motif.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat white gold case set with 248 diamonds (1.846 carats)
Diameter Ø 39 mm
Height 11.52 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
“Béjart Ballet Lausanne” hand-engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel with painting in miniature
HANDS: Blued steel

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made dark blue alligator leather strap
Buckle: “18-carat white gold ardillon, set with 24 diamonds (0.149 carats)”

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds / Colored Precious Stones
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 1.99 carats

PETITE HEURE MINUTE BBL “LE CHEF”
Numerus Clausus: 28/ Reference: J005033230

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat red gold oscillating weight hand-engraved in relief with “Le Chef” motif
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat red gold
Diameter Ø 43 mm
Height 11.48 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
“Béjart Ballet Lausanne” hand-engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel with painting in miniature
Hands: 18-carat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat red gold ardillon

 

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