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Jaquet Droz – March 2020 News

JAQUET DROZ GIVES ITS LOVING BUTTERFLY A PLACE IN ETERNITY

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This automaton takes flight once again in a limited series whose centerpiece is an exquisite mineral dial made of Chinchilla Red, a wood petrified 150 million years ago.
The silence is palpable as stunned collectors gasp in awe.

Jaquet Droz is one of the only watchmakers in the world that crafts automatons. Quick on the heels of the onyx and meteorite models, today it unveils the latest version of its Loving Butterfly Automaton. This newest chapter in the company’s 300-year exploration of natural fibers showcases its watchmaking mastery and artistry in a series strictly limited to 28 timepieces.

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The animated objet d’art is inspired by a drawing titled Le papillon conduit par l’amour (Butterfly Driven by Love), which was sketched in 1774 by The Draughtsman, an automaton created by Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz. Today, it is transformed into a three-dimensional journey of ancient mineral. Set against a backdrop of a forest of gold, the piece features a dial made from wood petrified 140-180 million years ago called Chinchilla Red, named after the far-eastern locale in Australia where it is found.

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Even the wheels on the chariot turn, but not all of the spokes rotate, which creates an optical illusion that Pierre Jaquet-Droz began using nearly three centuries ago.
The figures are surrounded by a gold backdrop entirely crafted by hand. Each tree spans a mere 0.2 mm – its slender grooves carved one by one using purpose-designed tools– and is individually placed in its very own setting.

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The Chinchilla Red limited series in petrified wood is a dance of chromatic unison. The autumnal hues of the stone blend with the warmth of the 18-carat red gold. Each of these one-of-a-kind timepieces has a slightly different mineral dial, a full glimpse into the exquisite workmanship of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art and the art of astonishment created in 1738.
“Some watches tell time. Some tell a Story.”
Part of the proceeds from the sales of the Loving Butterfly Automaton will go towards reforestation.

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MATERIALS: 18 ct rose gold case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator.

DIAL: Chinchilla red petrified wood and black onyx dial. hand-engraved 18-karat red gold appliques

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock

POWER SOURCE: Jaquet Droz 2653 AT1, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 22-karat red gold oscillating weight. Hand-wound automaton with crown-push button triggering mechanism to move the animated chariot wheel and wings, triple barrel.

DIAMETER: 43 MM

REF: J032533275 | $176,900.00

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MATERIALS: 18-carat red gold, crown with rubber cast. Individual series number engraved on the case-back. Natural black rubber strap. Hours, minutes and seconds with red gold finish, white Super-LumiNova tips

DIAL: Black with rubber treatment Index and figures 5, 6 and 7 in white Super-LumiNova 18-carat red gold applied ring and plates

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial

POWER SOURCE: Automatic self winding with 68 hours power reserve

DIAMETER: 45MM

REF: J029033401 | $38,400.00

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MATERIALS: Stainless steel case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap.
DIAL: Black onyx dial, applied 18-carat white gold rings
FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered second
POWER SOURCE: Automatic self-winding with 68 hours power
DIAMETER: 43 mm
REF: J006030270 | $15,050.00

MATERIALS: 18-carat red gold Height 11.48 mm Individual series number engraved on the case-back. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap.

DIAL: Ivory Grand Feu enameled dial

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial

POWER SOURCE: Automatic self-winding with 68 hours power reserve

DIAMETER: 43MM

REF: J003033204 | $27,400.00

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MATERIALS: 18 ct red gold case set with 256 diamonds (1.53 carats). Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator strap. Diamonds

DIAL: Meteorite dial, 18-karat red gold applied ring.

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered second

POWER SOURCE: Automatic self-winding with 68 hours power reserve

DIAMETER: 39MM

REF: J006013271 | $46,300.00

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MATERIALS: Stainless steel case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made blue alligator strap.

DIAL: Silver opaline dial Reference time disc with anthracite treatment and silver coloured world map

FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, seconds and date in blued steel Date with lacquered red tip

POWER SOURCE: Automatic self-winding with 65 hours power reserve

DIAMETER: 43MM

REF: J016030241 | RRP: $22,450.000

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MATERIALS: Stainless steel case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made blue alligator strap.

DIAL: Satin-brushed blue sunray dial. Indices in 18-karat white gold.

FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, seconds and date with rhodium treatment. Date with lacquered red tip.

POWER SOURCE: Self-winding with 68 hours power reserve

DIAMETER: 39MM

REF: J007010244 | RRP: $13,300.000

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MATERIALS: 18 ct Rose Gold case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator strap.

DIAL: Paillonné on blue Grand Feu enamel 18-karat red gold applied ring Screws in blued steel Silver opaline hours, minutes and seconds dial

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes Off-centered tourbillon frame and seconds

POWER SOURCE: Self-winding tourbillon movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with blue applique. 7 Days Power Reserve

DIAMETER: 43 MM

REF: J003033424 | $59,000.00

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*Limited edition of 8*

MATERIALS: 18 ct Rose Gold case, crown and bezel. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator strap.

DIAL: Paillonné on blue Grand Feu enamel 18-karat red gold applied ring and plate Screws in blued steel Silver opaline hours and minutes dial

FUNCTIONS: Off-centered hours and minutes Off-centered tourbillon frame and seconds

POWER SOURCE: Self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight. Power Reserve of 68 hours.

DIAMETER: 39 MM

REF: J005013247 | $56,050.00

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