Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection – Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Jaquet Droz expands their Ateliers d’Art by presenting four variations of its Petite Heure Minute watch that celebrate the sign of the Rat.

Representing renewal, the Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. A symbol of passion and ambition, the sign of the Rat will take center stage in 2020 according to the age-old Chinese calendar. To celebrate this special year, four limited series have been created by Jaquet Droz.

In each of these creations, Jaquet Droz has paired the Rat with the pomegranate, which has been regarded as a symbol of life and fertility since ancient times because of the many seeds contained within it. Fertility and continuous renewal are thus the benefits of the pomegranate, the fruit of power and a symbol of life.

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Four highly exclusive models have now been revealed which celebrate the pairing of the Rat and the pomegranate. They showcase Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Art, whose work brings naturalistic scenes to life in the true spirit of the brand.

The first two models (Petite Heure Minute 35 mm and 39 mm) depict two rats on a bed of leaves dotted with pomegranates, set on a Grand Feu enamel dial. Both variations are produced in red gold, and the 35 mm model is set entirely with diamonds (case and pallet lugs).

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

The case back of both models houses an oscillating weight designed especially for this limited series of 28 pieces. A second scene, engraved in red gold, depicts two rats reveling in a basket of pomegranates, continuing the metaphor of prosperity, abundance and intelligence.

For the 41 mm version, the Petite Heure Minute is available in two other animal-inspired variations that explore the same theme yet feature an onyx dial in a shade of black that is as pure as it is intense.

This incredibly deep black serves as the backdrop for a Rat holding a pomegranate in its hands. These two prestigious pieces are crafted in either red gold or white gold (case, rat, hands, and oscillating weight engraving). In addition, the white gold version is set with 272 diamonds that illuminate its ring and pallet lugs with radiant sparkle while creating contrast with the dark intensity of onyx.

For each of these versions set with jewels, pomegranates are symbolized by rubies, which are arranged in a snow setting to depict multiple arils at the 9 o’clock position, while one larger ruby is used for the seed in the Rat’s hands.

This combination of precious materials (diamonds, gold and rubies) reinforces the natural qualities of the Rat, a passionate, ambitious, creative animal, and a symbol of prosperity.

Each of these creations has been issued in a strictly limited edition of eight pieces, in keeping with the purest tradition of Jaquet Droz’s Numerus Clausus artistic creations.

Technical details

Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Model: Petite Heure Minute Rat, Reference: J005003227

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Numerus Clausus
Numerus Clausus of 28

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 22-karat red gold hand-painted rat applique.
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
18-karat red gold hands

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 Rat, Reference: J005013230

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Numerus Clausus
Numerus Clausus of 28

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 22-karat red gold hand-painted rat applique
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
18-karat red gold hands

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

Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat, Reference: J005023291

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Numerus Clausus
Numerus Clausus of 8

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 22-karat red gold hand-painted rat applique.
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 41 mm
Height 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat red gold dial with onyx
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat red gold appliques in relief depicting rats and pomegranates, set with 57 rubies (0.62 carat)
18-karat red gold hands

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
18-karat red gold ardillon buckle

Total Carat Weight/Diamonds/Coloured Gems
Number of coloured stones: 57 jewels
Total carat weight: 0.62 carats

Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat, Reference: J005024285

Jaquet Droz Chinese Zodiac Collection - Petite Heure Minute Rat and Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat

Numerus Clausus
Numerus Clausus of 8

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-painted rat applique.
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 (1.02 carats)
Diameter 41 mm
Height 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold dial with onyx Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat white gold appliques in relief depicting rats and pomegranates, set with 57 rubies (0.62 carat)
18-karat white gold hands

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 24 diamonds (0.14 carat)

Total Carat Weight/Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Number of coloured stones: 57 jewels
Total carat weight: 0.62 carats