Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz presents a very exclusive interpretation of the Earth Dragon, the fifth element in the 60-year cycle of the traditional Chinese calendar. For this new creation, in a series strictly limited to 8 pieces (Numerus Clausus), Jaquet Droz has chosen its Petite Heure Minute as its canvas. With its off-centered dial at noon, it offers a large surface on which Jaquet Droz has skillfully deployed the magic of its Ateliers d’Art.
The dial of this “Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon” was carved from so-called “Spiderman” jasper, named after its web-like mineral veining. The dial, that juxtaposes brown, ocher and burgundy, is entirely cut, softened and polished by hand, making each piece unique in its nuances. It features a smaller dial in absolute black onyx, with two red gold hands. Like a precious treasure in perfect harmony with the dial, we find an onyx bead underneath it, a symbol of well-being, luck and prosperity.
At the center of the dial, the Earth Dragon appears as a relief appliqué, emerging from the watch’s surface. Hand-engraved in 18-karat solid yellow gold, the mythological animal seems to go over and under the jasper dial in several places, encircled in the fire details of its 41 mm case, made in 18-karat red gold. Each scale and claw, as well as the Dragon’s eyes and tongue, are chiseled by hand.
Rare among the Jaquet Droz limited series, the creation on the dial side continues on the caseback side, with an oscillating weight also made of Spiderman jasper, and adorned with a gold engraving of the body of the Dragon on the dial side. The watch’s movement is therefore intertwined with the creature’s reptilian body, giving the illusion that they are one and share the same heart.
With a 68-hour power reserve, this self-winding mechanical movement, completed with a silicon balance spring and pallet lugs, is decorated with Côtes de Genève and is resistant to temperature changes and magnetic fields. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the craftsmen who provided their talent and passion for this creation, embodying the “Philosophy of the Unique” so cherished by Jaquet Droz.
Collection: Ateliers D’art Collection
Model: Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
Numerus Clausus of 8
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with spiderman jasper and 22-karat yellow gold dragon applique
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.
Off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock
18-karat red gold case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 13.77 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)
18-karat red gold dial with spiderman jasper and black onyx
Hand-engraved and hand-patinated 18-karat yellow gold dragon relief appliques
Hands: 18-karat red gold
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
18-karat red gold ardillon buckle