Jaquet Droz The Timeless Art of Paillonné Enameling

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Three exclusive, limited edition models showcase the virtuoso technique of paillonné enameling, perfected by the artist craftsmen of Jaquet Droz.

Paillonné enameling is a marriage of azure and gold, a design of infinite delicacy, a work born of incredibly high standards. The Jaquet Droz artisans have excelled in this ornamental technique since the 18th century,   and to this day they continue to make dials with the same extraordinarily meticulous care using the Grand Feu enamel process. This involves several firings at temperatures that can approach 1000 °C.  Only the trained eye can detect when the color is perfectly consistent and when the motif, picked out in gold paillons placed with surgical precision, has set under the translucent enamel fondant.

Today, the three new models - a 39 mm Petite Heure Minute, a 50 mm pocket watch and a recently added 43 mm Grande Seconde - pay tribute to an art that has endured for three centuries. The motif has been reinvented on each timepiece and plays with yet more circular forms to evoke the floral theme favored by Jaquet Droz. The blued steel hands echo the ultramarine dial, while the light in the red gold case, on a blue or black alligator leather strap, seems to reflect the gleaming paillons.

Each of the three models is a limited edition of 8. Not only are they a demonstration of the expertise found in the Jaquet Droz artisan workshops, they also offer new evidence that beauty created by the human hand transcends time.

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Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference
J080033040
 
Overview
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. Red gold case. Hand-winding mechancial movement. Power reserve of 40 hours. 50 mm diameter
 
Movement 
Jaquet Droz 2615, hand-winding mechanical movement
 
Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial
 
Jewelling
20 jewels
 
Power reserve
40 hours
 
Frequency
21,600 v.p.h
 
Case
18-carat red gold, 50 mm diameter 
Height 12.07 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
 
Water resistance
No
 
Dial
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled
18-carat red gold ring
 
Hands
Blued steel
 
Chain
18-carat red gold
Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference
J003033391
 
Overview
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. Red gold case. Automatic movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. 43 mm diameter.
 
Movement 
Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
 
Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial
 
Jewelling
30 jewels
 
Power reserve
68 hours
 
Frequency
28,800 v.p.h
 
Case
18-carat red gold, 43 mm diameter 
Height 11.48 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
 
Water resistance
3 bar (30 meters)
 
Dial
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled
18-carat red gold ring
 
Hands
Blued steel
 
Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
 
Buckle
18-carat red gold ardillon 
Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference
J005013240
 
Overview
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial, red gold case. Automatic movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. 39 mm diameter
 
Movement 
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
 
Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes
 
Jewelling
30 jewels
 
Power reserve
68 hours
 
Frequency
28,800 v.p.h
 
Case
18-carat red gold, 39 mm diameter
Height 11.52 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
 
Water resistance
3 bar (30 meters)
 
Dial
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled
18-carat red gold ring and plate
 
Hands
Blued steel
 
Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
 
Buckle
18-carat red gold ardillon 

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