Jaquet Droz – Ateliers d’Art – Petite Heure Minute Year of the Goat

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Jaquet Droz celebrates Chinese New Year, this time the Year of Goat as per Chinese zodiac, by unveiling two new models from its Ateliers d’Art collection.

At the beginning of the Year of the Goat, the watchmaking firm will launch two new models in Goat – symbol of imagination, creativity, and a world of pastoral riches. The form of this creature recalls the nourishment it provides, but also presents a real aesthetic challenge when it comes to reproducing it on the dial of the Petite Heure Minute model.

The artisans of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art, who live and breathe this sense of challenge, decided to represent not just one goat, but three. Springing from the summit of an imaginary mountain, like an allegory of achievement and the hope of success for the year ahead, the three animals astonish with their striking realism. Each element of the body, each minute detail, is thrown into relief in three dimensions by the master artisan’s skillful touch.

The end result is all the more captivating against the backdrop of a stylized dial evoking a motif of plum blossom in pure, simple lines. Together with bamboo, chrysanthemum and orchid, plum blossom is one of the four noble flowers that featured in Chinese iconography over 1,600 years ago.

Unfolding their petals in winter, these blooms are an early herald of the promises of spring and youth refound. They stand out against a background of white mother-of-pearl or black onyx, two materials that reappear on the underside of an oscillating weight surmounted by a ram’s head.

To create the stylized plum blossom, “meihua” in Chinese, the Ateliers d’Art used champlevé enameling, a particularly demanding technique that guarantees a result of exceptional delicacy. The metal is hollowed out according to the desired design and the hollows are then filled with enamel, fired and hand-polished. The finished dial is reminiscent of the exquisitely fragile masterpieces of “Jianzhi,” the Chinese art of paper cutting that dates from the middle of the first millennium.

Limited to just 28 pieces each, these two models work equally well in the fresh palette of white gold and Jaquet Droz blue and in the warm tones of red gold paired with a delicious wine burgundy.

Collection Les Ateliers D’art
Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats

Numerus Clausus: 28
Reference: J005023278

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 18-carat red gold oscillating weight with onyx and 22-carat red gold goat applique, hand-engraved and hand-patinated
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 41 mm
Height 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-carat red gold dial with champlevé enamel in two colors, hand-engraved and hand-patinated 18-carat red gold goat relief applique, onyx center.
Hands: 18-carat red gold

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

Collection Les Ateliers D’art
Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats
Numerus Clausus: 28
Reference: J005024277

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 18-carat white gold oscillating weight with white mother-of-pearl and  22-carat white gold goat relief applique, hand-engraved and hand-patinated.
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 272 diamonds (1.05 carats)
Diameter Ø 41 mm
Height 13.77 m
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-carat white gold dial with champlevé enamel in two colors, hand-engraved and hand-patinated 18-carat white gold goat relief applique, white mother-of-pearl center.
Hands: Blued steel

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made gray alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat white gold ardillon, set with 24 diamonds (0.15 carats)

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds / Colored Precious Stones
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total number of diamonds: 296 diamonds
Total carat weight: 1.20 carats

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