Conceived in Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art, three new versions of the Petite Heure Minute combine the arts of miniature painting and black Grand Feu enamel.
The majestic, spectacular and symbolic creatures from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia – the lion, the flamingo, and the koi carp Petite Heure Minute appear on three brand new expressions of the Petite Heure Minute.
Three watches…with three spectacular animals will steal your breath away! What catches the eye first is the stark contrast between the black Grand Feu enamel dial and the very vibrant miniature painting on it. The watches have either a lion, flamingo or koi carp.
The spirit of exotic travel
It takes but a look at these timepieces to see how the spirit of exotic travel permeates their very essence. These all-new versions of the Petite Heure Minute were brought to life in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the brand, and combine miniature painting and black Grand Feu enamel to awaken the desire to travel to new horizons. Born during the Age of Enlightenment, Pierre Jaquet Droz was a keen traveller. These three watches resonate with his avant-garde spirit and curiosity, embodying modernity and creativity – the unique equation that has characterized the soul of Jaquet Droz for almost three hundred years.
The artisanship of contrast
The crafting of these watches has called for the talents of master craftsmen. The brand’s artisans, be they painters, engravers or enamellers, have always mastered the art of playing with contrasts. So much so that it can be considered unique to the Ateliers d’Art. In preserving historical techniques while inventing new aesthetics, this department fuses the legend of the past with the beauty of today, thanks to the skilled hands of those who work there.
It was essential that in order to reveal the eternal splendour of these miniature paintings, here the Grand Feu enamel had to create a deep, uniform black version. The only background capable of enhancing the painter’s precise and infinitely thin brushstrokes, the dense and magnetic enamel gives each ornamental motif its impression of depth.
We know the lion as the king of the beasts. It has fascinated powerful figures, as well as poets and artists. A symbol of strength, nobility and power, the lion is encircled with a mane in rich shades of brown, black and russet. Viewed from the side, the unmoving big cat emanates an aura of wisdom and vigour, enhanced indeed by the generous 43 mm rose gold case.
It sports a very bold plumage and impressive beak. 248 brilliant-cut diamonds are set along the 39 mm diameter red gold case, adding their brilliance to this eminently elegant spectacle of the bird as it seemingly prepares to unfurl its long, majestic neck.
The koi carp
These swim inside a 39 mm diameter case amid reeds and lotus flowers. A symbol of longevity, the fish, with their multi-coloured scales, dance an aquatic ballet that has always been cherished in Asia for its grace and serenity. The koi carp on this model also evoke the West’s fascination for the Far East in the 18th century, during the lifetime of Pierre Jaquet-Droz. It’s no surprise therefore that his watch creations were the first to penetrate the walls of the Forbidden City.
The animals appear as if they could move at any moment. These lifelike portraits are available as just 28 pieces for each version and come with a certificate of authenticity from the Ateliers d’Art, signed by the artisan whose time was devoted to its creation. Fitted with a self-winding mechanical movement and featuring a 68-hour power reserve, these three Petite Heure Minute watches are a testimony to the beautiful world of bespoke watches!