The house of Jaquet Droz has just released a very special range in celebration of the ancestral decorative art of paillonné enameling.
Paillonné enameling is an 18th century technique that consists of hand-positioning delicate, thin sheets of gold (paillons), one by one, to create harmonious geometrical patterns on the colored enamel, which is then set under a coat of translucent enamel fondant.
Pierre Jaquet-Droz was an expert on these techniques, and he even took the art of paillonné enameling to its zenith in the 18th century. The modern-day craftsmen of Jaqued Droz, working in the Maison’s Ateliers d'Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, created new limited edition timepieces in 2016, pushing the limits of creativity and magnificence even further. As every year brings its own rare and fresh designs, the 2016 introduces the most emblematic of Jaquet Droz's families of watches, graced with precious red gold and colored enamel.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonné is available in three different versions, with either violet (J003033416), anthracite gray (J003033415), or blue dial (J003033414). Their rather large cases, crafted from 18-carat red gold, measure 43 mm in diameter. The Grande Seconde model is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2663.P, which features a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-carat red gold oscillating weight. The movement is mounted on 30 jewels, and it promises up to 68 hours of power reserve. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonné watches are limited to 8 pieces per variant.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 39 mm Paillonné is available in either blue (J005013244), grey (J005013246) or red (J005013245) variant. The watches are made from red gold, while their 39 mm-wide cases accommodate the Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement. The movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, and promises up to 68 hours of power reserve. It includes 28 jewels, and a gorgeous 18-carat red gold oscillating weight, which is visible through the case-back. Numerus Clausus of 8.
Jaquet Droz Pocket Watch Paillonné is rendered in blue (J080033044) and red (J080033046) variant. The creation is a nod to the noble watchmaking tradition of the Manufacture. The watches are made of red gold, and held on a red gold chain. Their perfectly round cases measure 50 mm in diameter, accommodating the hand-wound mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2615. The movement beats at a frequency of 21,800 vibrations per hour, and promises up to 40 hours of power reserve. Available in two limited editions of 8.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 35 mm Paillonné (J005003240) is the previously unseen version of the emblematic Petite Heure Minute. This special edition, available in only 8 pieces worldwide, is graced with a blue, sunray-polished dial. The watch utilizes Jaquet Droz 2653.P self-winding mechanical movement, with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, and 18-carat red gold oscillating weight.
Finally, the magnificent Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonné (J013033242), famous for its 7-day power reserve, is now available in a paillonné version for the first time. The gorgeous tourbillon features a blue dial, blued hands, and the unique lazuli oscillating weight. Its case, crafted from red gold, measures 43mm in diameter, and houses Jaquet Droz 25JD, self-winding tourbillon movement. The mechanism is fitted with 31 jewels, and it beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. Available in a strictly limited edition of 8 pieces.