Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara

Celebrating 280th anniversary of the watch making legacy inherited from Pierre Jaquet Droz, luxury Swiss watch brand Jaquet-Droz has created the Petite Heure Minute Smalta timepiece that incorporates the brand’s first use of ancient plique-à-jour enamel  technique, known as “smalta clara” in Latin.

The composition is not formed of a single piece of enamel; rather it is made up of cells of different colors and shapes. These cells are separated by gold wire cloisons. With no metal backing, the composition is a standalone piece similar to a stained glass window. As such, the Petite Heure Smalta Clara has no case back. Light shines through the enamel, illuminating every color and hue.

When the composition is bathed in light, the complete motif suddenly comes to life: a tiger, designed exclusively by Jaquet Droz for this piece. The creature is depicted in vivid, contemporary strokes, amplifying the tender quality of a feminine piece with a strong personality. Each dial features no less than seven colors to produce a most lifelike tiger. The powerful effect is heightened by a bezel set with 100 diamonds that illuminate the slightest details.

The Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara is one of the very few Jaquet Droz pieces to have an off-centered hour display at 2 o’clock. The dimensions of the dial are reduced to a minimum, leaving the tiger space to express itself to the fullest. The mother-of-pearl dial features two blued hands in true Fine Watchmaking tradition.

The winding crown is also placed at 2 o’clock in such a way as to make the winding-shaft as discreet as possible through the enamel. With discretion in mind, Jaquet Droz borrowed the smallest mechanical movement in its collections from the Lady 8 Flower watch.

The Petite Heure Smalta Clara is available in two versions. Each issued in Numerus Clausus limited series of 28 pieces, both versions are set with diamonds on the lugs and bezel. The white gold version features a tiger gleaming in hues of blue, while a red gold version depicts the creature in gold and brown tones.

Both versions are paired with a hand-finished wraparound satin strap that is color-coordinated with the dial.

Technical details
Collection: Les Ateliers D’art
Model: Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger
Numerus Clausus of 28 per model

Movement
Jaquet Droz 6150, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, platinum oscillating weight with 18-karat red gold applique.
Individual limited edition serial number engraved on the oscillating weight
Off-centered hours and minutes
29 jewels
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h.

Reference J005503500

Case
18-karat red gold case set with 100 diamonds (0.89 carat)
Diameter Ø 35 mm
Height 10.85 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold dial with “plique-à-jour” Grand Feu enamel, white mother-of-pearl subdial
18-karat red gold applied ring
18-carat red gold hands

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made brown satin strap
18-carat red gold ardillon buckle

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total number of diamonds: 100 diamonds
Total carat weight: 0.89 carat

Reference J005504500

Case
18-karat white gold case set with 100 diamonds (0.89 carat)
Diameter Ø 35 mm
Height 10.85 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold dial with “plique-à-jour” Grand Feu enamel, white mother-of-pearl subdial
18-karat white gold applied ring
Blued steel hands

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made dark blue satin strap
18-carat white gold ardillon buckle

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total number of diamonds: 100 diamonds
Total carat weight: 0.89 carat

 

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.