Jaquet Droz Chinese Year of the Dog Editions – Petite Heure Minute Dog & Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog

Celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog, Luxury Swiss watch brand Jaquet Droz presents two special edition timepieces – the Petite Heure Minute Dog and the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog – from its the Ateliers d’Art collection. These new additions to the Ateliers d’Art collection portray the eleventh animal in the Chinese Zodiac, in decorative detail inspired by ancient Chinese arts.

As a pioneering designer in Swiss Haute Horlogerie, Jaquet Droz forged very special ties with 18th century China, then under the reign of Emperor Qianlong. His fascination with the Middle Kingdom left its mark on the brand with the famous two stars.

Petite Heure Minute Dog
Inspired by this character from the Chinese Zodiac, the craftsmen in La Chaux-de-Fonds have created scenes bringing to life a Pekingese dog in all its splendour. The two miniature paintings with nature-inspired scenes are presented in a red gold case set with diamonds, 35 mm in diameter, and a red gold case without diamonds, 39 mm in diameter. The first is a celebration of feminine beauty, showing the legendary Pekingese playing with a butterfly on a background of peonies – the “Queen of flowers” – in a fusion of Chinese and Western styles.

The second timepiece depicts the friendly canine in a nature-inspired landscape of rocks and plants, ensuring that this timepiece can grace a female or male wrist with equal sophistication. The artistic tradition for these exquisite miniature artworks began in the Age of Enlightenment, and they are full of symbols revered by the Chinese. The watchmaking brand has interpreted these symbols masterfully, creating exceptional pieces that invite you to voyage to wondrous lands.

Technical details
Model: Petite Heure Minute Dog
Reference: J005003223, Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

 Case
18-karat red gold, set with 232 diamonds (1.23 carats)
Diameter: Ø 35 mm
Height: 10.75 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature painting
Hands: 18-karat red gold

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

Caratage Total / Diamants / Pierres De Couleur
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 232 diamonds, 1.23 carats

Model: Petite Heure Minute Dog
Reference: J005013219, Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter Ø 39 mm
Height 12.23 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature painting
Hands: 18-karat red gold

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

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 22-karat red gold oscillating weight hand-patinated with dog motif.
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes

Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog
The Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog style, which is also limited to 28 models, conveys a more stylized aesthetic, playing on contrasts between colors and materials. For example, for the disk on the dial, the brand selected Mexico’s “Sonora Sunrise” variety of cuprite, a copper oxide-rich mineral.

Its red hues reference Chinese good fortune, weddings and the Spring Festival, as Chinese New Year is known, whilst the decorative gold details pay tribute to the art of bas-relief openwork, reminiscent of billowing clouds and traditional home decorations.

With exceptional finesse, the first version of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog contrasts a red gold case with yellow gold engraving, continuing on with an onyx center, atop which are hands matching the case. The white gold piece is embellished with a white mother-of-pearl center and enhanced with the same engraved reliefs. This attention to detail is carried right through to the oscillating weight; even this element celebrates the Asian legend on a gold and cuprite background and works the automatic mechanism of the two models.

Technical details
Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog
Reference: J005023286, Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with cuprite and 23-karat yellow gold hand-patinated dog applique.
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes

Case
18-karat red gold case
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-karat red gold dial with cuprite, onyx subdial
Hand-patinated 23-karat yellow gold relief decoration appliques
Hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat yellow gold dog relief applique”
Hands: 18-karat red gold

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

Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog
Reference: J005024283, Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight with cuprite and 22-karat white gold hand-patinated dog applique.
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes

Case
18-karat white gold case set with 272 diamonds, total of 1.02 carats.
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-karat white gold dial with cuprite, white mother-of-pearl subdial
Hand-patinated 22-karat white gold relief decoration appliques
Hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat white gold dog relief applique”
Hands: Blued steel

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made blue alligator leather
Buckle: 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 24 diamonds, total of 0.14 carat.

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total number of diamonds: 296 diamonds
Total carat weight: 1.16 carats

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