Jaquet Droz “Year of the Tiger” Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz celebrated the Chinese New Year (01 Feb 2022) with six unique timepieces pieces that pair together, each one taking an artistic approach to represent the Tiger’s iconic attributes.

Each of these compositions features the legendary animal portrayed differently and uses different symbolism and techniques to demonstrate the quintessence of Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Art and to allude to the brand’s personal history – for over two centuries, it has been renowned for its duo watches.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023300 and J005024288
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023300 and J005024288

The duo watches were developed in particular for the Chinese Empire where the brand was, from 1774, one of the most important Swiss watchmaking houses.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301 and J005024289
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301 and J005024289

The Jaquet Droz “Year of the Tiger” Collection is comprised of six unique wristwatches: two from the Automaton series and four from the Relief Petite Heure Minute line-up.

Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal  J032833270 & J032834270

In the first set, the two pieces embody the iconic expertise of the Jaquet Droz art of the automaton. A tiger nestles in the gentle curves of a gold-rimmed onyx dial, above a vast expanse of water made of opal in which a carp floats about. In the first piece, the Tiger dozes on a bed of foliage, seeming to want to touch the carp circling him with the tip of his paw.

Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal watch white gold J032834270
Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal J032834270

In the second, the Tiger stands, on the lookout – not for the carp, with who he lives in harmony, but instead surveying his environment for prey of which he is one of the most feared hunters.

Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal J032834270
Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal J032834270 Case Back

These two naturalistic scenes, in the purest Jaquet Droz spirit, unfold above a dial in Australian opal, from the Sanskrit “upala,” meaning “precious stone.” It is also one of the most difficult stones to work with to achieve the extreme finesse required by a mobile dial, onto which the gold motifs of the Tiger and its environment are applied.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024288 & J005023300

The next set features two cases, in red gold and white gold, the latter set with 143 baguette-cut diamonds. On the same Australian opal background, this 41 mm Petite Heure Minute Relief depicts the Tiger’s two sides: power and protection, a dual symbol of the Tiger’s value and virtue.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024288

In each piece, the Tiger is depicted from the front – strong, powerful and imposing. His coat seems to vanish in the reflections of the opal, an optical illusion of great artistic finesse that alone requires a month of work.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024288 case back
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024288 Case-back

The gold oscillating weight in each movement is adorned with an opal insert and engraved with a roaring Tiger. Paired with the relaxed Tiger on the dial side, the set truly represents the Tiger’s two sides.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023300 case back
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023300 Case-back

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301 & J005024289

The final set of pieces is the most contrasting and enigmatic. Within the same cases (41 mm, set white gold or red gold, hour dial in onyx), we discover two complementary interpretations of the Tiger.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301

On the same background made of “Heure Bleue” Grand Feu enamel, the set mirrors that fleeting moment that separates dogs from wolves, with the sky adorned with a gradation of blue drawn from the clarity of day and the deep black of night. On one side, a finely chiseled Tiger in white gold, on the lookout, in its atavistic pose of a hunter.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005023301 Case-back

Like a mirror reflection, on the other side, the red gold feline stretches out, calm and relaxed. By combining engraving and micro-sculpture, gold and enamel, Jaquet Droz succeeds in creating a hyper-realistic rendering of the Tiger and its reflection. In terms of the movement, an oscillating weight in gold and onyx reveals a Tiger dozing in the foliage.

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024289 case back
Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger J005024289 Case-back

Technical details

Model: Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal, Unique piece
Reference: J032833270

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653 AT2, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, hand-engraved flat bridges, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight.
Automaton with animated pond and carp, hand-wound with crown push-button automaton triggering mechanism, double barrel.
Off-centered hours and minutes
56 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height:16.96 mm
Pièce unique (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat red gold engraved dial
Black onyx subdial, 18-karat red gold applied ring Opal pond
Hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat red gold offset applique

Hands
18-karat red gold
Power reserve with dragonfly in hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
18-karat red gold folding clasp

Model: Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal, Unique piece
Reference: J032834270

Jaquet Droz Automaton Tiger Opal watch white gold J032834270

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653 AT2, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, hand-engraved flat bridges, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight
Automaton with animated pond and carp, hand-wound with crown push-button automaton triggering mechanism, double barrel
Off-centered hours and minutes
56 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat white gold case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height:16.96 mm
Pièce unique (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold engraved dial
“Black onyx subdial, 18-karat white gold applied ring
Opal pond”
Hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat white gold offset applique

Hands
18-karat white gold
Power reserve with dragonfly in hand-patinated and engraved 18-karat white gold

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
18-karat white gold folding clasp

Model: Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger, Unique piece
Reference: J005023300

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger red gold watch J005023300

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with opal and hand-engraved and hand-painted tiger applique in 18-karat red gold.
Off-centered hours and minutes
28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 13.77 mm
“Pièce unique” (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat red gold and opal dial
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat red gold tiger relief appliques
Black onyx subdial
Hands: 18-karat red gold

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

Model: Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger, Unique piece
Reference: J005023301

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger red gold watch J005023301

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 hand-engraved and hand-painted tiger applique in 18-karat red gold.
Off-centered hours and minutes
28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat red gold case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 13.77 mm
“Pièce unique” (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Hand-engraved 18-karat white gold dial with Grand Feu enamel
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat red gold tiger relief applique
Black onyx subdial and 18-karat red gold applique
Hands: 18-karat red gold

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

Model: Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger, Unique piece
Reference: J005024288

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger white gold watch J005024288

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight with opal and hand-engraved and hand-painted tiger applique in 18-karat gold.
Off-centered hours and minutes
28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat white gold case set with 144 baguette-cut diamonds (2.06 carats)
Crown set with a diamond (0.09 carat)
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 13.77 mm
“Pièce unique” (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-karat white gold and opal dial
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat white gold tiger relief appliques
Black onyx subdial
Hands: 18-karat white gold

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

Total Carat Weight/Diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Baguette-cut diamonds: TW/IF-VVS VG None
Total number of diamonds: 144 baguette-cut diamonds and 1 brilliant diamond
Total diamond carat weight: 2.15 carats

Model: Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger, Unique piece
Reference: J005024289

Jaquet Droz Relief Petite Heure Minute Tiger white gold watch J005024289

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 hand-engraved and hand-painted tiger applique in 18-karat gold.
Off-centered hours and minutes
28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
18-karat white gold case set with 144 baguette-cut diamonds (2.06 carats)
Crown set with a diamond (0.09 carat)
Diameter: 41 mm
Height:13.77 mm
“Pièce unique” (unique piece) engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Hand-engraved 18-karat white gold dial with Grand Feu enamel
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat white gold tiger relief appliques
Black onyx subdial
Hands: 18-karat white gold

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

Total carat weight/diamonds
IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G
Baguette-cut diamonds: TW/IF-VVS VG None
Total number of diamonds: 144 baguette-cut diamonds and 1 diamond
Total diamond carat weight: 2.15 carats