With this artistic timepiece, Jaquet Droz demonstrates its mastery of the ancestral plique-à-jour enameling technique which first appeared 1500 years ago. This ladies’ wristwatch features a diamond-set gold case.
Different to the art of cloisonné or champlevé, the plique-à-jour enamelling technique consists of applying the enamel to bottomless molds. A gold dial with partitions of different shapes and sizes is created.
Each empty space is filled with different colors of enamel before undergoing several successive firings. Each passage in the oven gives the enamel its color and density. Just like a miniature stained-glass window, this plique-à-jour process results in a perfectly transparent enamel which plays with light, shadows and reflections, and which gives the motif featured as much volume as it does life. Crafted using this decorative motif, the hummingbird on the white gold dial boasts a subtle gradient of green.
Jaquet Droz created no less than seven different shades to express its summery and joyful vision of this famous bird. By choosing the Petite Heure Minute as its canvas and with an off-centered dial at two o’clock, the House offers the hummingbird a large space where it can express the richness of its tones and the virtuosity of the plique-à-jour (smalta clara in Latin).
The self-winding movement featuring platinum oscillating weight with 18-karat red gold applique is visible through the sapphire crystal window on the case-back side.
Part of a numerus clausus limited edition of only eight pieces, this 18-carat red gold watch is set with 100 diamonds on the bezel and pallet lugs. It features a white mother-of-pearl subdial with 18 carat red gold hour and minute hands. Measuring 35 mm, the case sits on a hand-embroidered green satin strap.
Collection: Les Ateliers D’art
Model: Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird
Numerus Clausus of 8
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
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h.
Off-centered hours and minutes
18-karat red gold case set with 100 diamonds (0.89 carat)
Diameter: Ø 35 mm
Height: 10.83 mm
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)
18-karat white gold dial with “plique-à-jour” Grand Feu enamel, white mother-of-pearl subdial
18-karat red gold applied ring
18-karat red gold hands
Rolled-edge hand-made green satin strap
18-karat 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