Jaquet Droz Special Edition Collection, Year of the Pig

To mark the year of the Pig as per the Chinese Zodiac calendar, Jaquet Droz has created four special edition watch models honoring the twelfth and last animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle.

In February 2019, Jaquet Droz presented four new watches from its annual limited series celebrating the Chinese New Year. This keenly anticipated collection spotlights in turn each animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 2018 was the year of the Dog, and now the Pig is the final animal in the cycle. An iconic animal in Chinese culture, the Pig marks the end of a cycle imbued with its core character traits.

To honor this highly symbolic animal, Jaquet Droz begins with a pair of Petite Heure Minute models in red gold, issued in a limited series of 28 pieces each (numerus clausus). The ladies’ version features a 35 mm case set with diamonds, while the unisex version has a 39 mm case and no diamond setting.

On both of these watches, the Art of Miniature Painting was chosen to depict a young Pig in a field of wheat.

Applying the brand’s signature naturalist technique, Jaquet Droz evokes the abundance and prosperity of a ripe wheat crop, and the calm and good sense of the Pig who stands before it, visibly disinterested. On the back of the piece, the gold oscillating mass is engraved with a similar scene.

Engraving is the dominant art in the second new pair of limited-series pieces: the Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig. Here, a wild pig is depicted in front of eight oak trees. The number eight has a special significance for Chinese culture, which sees it as a lucky number, and for Jaquet Droz, whose flagship model, the Grande Seconde, is based on the aesthetic of its infinite loops. The mighty oak tree is a symbol of power, longevity, and moral and physical strength.

Both of these limited-series models display an onyx hours and minutes disk that gleams in sheer bottomless black. In the first creation – a numerus clausus of 28 pieces – the brand has chosen to contrast the black onyx with a 43 mm red gold case featuring a red gold engraving. In the second limited series of eight pieces, a white gold case and engraving accentuate the black onyx of the disk.

The case and lugs are set with diamonds. In both models, the boar is depicted in a relief engraving on the oscillating mass, with an onyx applique providing the backdrop.

Technical details

Model: Petite Heure Minute Pig, Reference: J005003225
Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with 18-karat red gold hand-engraved and hand-patinated pig 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, 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

Total carat weight / diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 232 diamonds, 1.23 carats

Model: Petite Heure Minute Pig, Reference: J005013223
Numerus Clausus of 28, Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with 18-karat red gold hand-engraved and hand-patinated pig 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 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

Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig, Reference: J005023290
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 onyx and 18-karat red gold hand-engraved and hand-patinated pig 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 onyx
Pig appliques and relief trees in 18-karat red gold, hand-engraved and hand-patinated

Hands
18-karat red gold

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

Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig, Reference: J005024284
Numerus Clausus of 8, 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 onyx and 18-karat white gold hand-engraved and hand-patinated pig 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 onyx
Pig appliques and relief trees in 18-karat white gold, hand-engraved and hand-patinated
Hands: 18-karat white gold

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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