Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon”

Jaquet Droz has launched the limited edition Petite Heure Minute “Dragon” timepiece created in collaboration with John Howe, the artist best known for his artistic direction of The Lord of the Rings.

John Howe is a legend of fantasy art, as well as the illustrator and conceptual artist of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He has shaped the Dragon in our collective imagination and placed the mythical creature in the context of its millennial history, revealing its past richness as well as its various contemporary dimensions.

Jaquet Droz and John Howe revealed the first signs of this unique partnership in late 2020. The Petite Heure Minute “Dragon” is the fruit of this union. Jaquet Droz gave John Howe the wide-open dial of its model with off-centered hours for the artist to leave his own style, mark and inspiration. On a dark blue Grand Feu enamel backdrop, the Dragon comes to life as its body nestles into the hollow of the 41 mm case, which is available in red gold or white gold.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon”

Born in Canada, 62-year-old John Howe has lived in Neuchâtel for 30 years. His creation reveals a very simple Dragon that returns to the essence of his early designs. It has required the full range of Jaquet Droz decorative techniques to reproduce each relief, contour and volume – a true work of art with unique dimensions and a monochrome pictorial masterpiece, which emerges from a dial with shared dominant tones thanks to the finesse of its features.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon”

The red-tongued Dragon holds a luminous pearl in its claws known as the Dragon Pearl. It is traditionally associated with happiness, abundance, wisdom and knowledge for its owner. In Chinese imperial symbolism, it represented the Emperor’s wisdom and the perfection of his mind. This is both the sacred essence of the Dragon as well as its power.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon”

Today, it enhances these two very limited series of 18 pieces, which are powered by a self-winding movement. The precise attention to detail, in keeping with the Art of Astonishment so cherished by Jaquet Droz, extends to the gold oscillating weight, which has been meticulously hand-engraved to depict the dragon’s tail with its countless scales.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon”

Technical details

Collection: Les Ateliers D’art

Model: Petite Heure Minute Dragon Red Gold
Reference: J005123207

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon” watch with red gold case

Edition
Numerus Clausus of 18

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight, hand-engraved and hand-painted.
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 12.10 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

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

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made dark blue alligator
Buckle: 18-karat red gold ardillon

Model: Petite Heure Minute Dragon White Gold
Reference: J005124207

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute “Dragon” with white gold case

Edition
Numerus Clausus of 18

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight, hand-engraved and hand-painted.
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
Diameter Ø 41 mm
Height 12.10 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

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

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made dark blue alligator
18-karat white gold ardillon buckle