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Jaquet Droz – Asian shimmers
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Jaquet Droz – Asian shimmers

Thursday, 14 July 2016
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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In dreaming up the Petite Heure Minute with an off-center subdial at 12 o’clock, the craftsmen of Jaquet Droz have awoken the spirit of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, infused with the richness of the Age of Enlightenment.

More than merely being useful, the concept of Time becomes poetic, leaving the free space on the dial open for artists to express boundless creativity. A true master painting, the creation of the Petite Heure Minute saw the most stunning skills of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art come to life: enameling and miniature painting, by way of dazzling settings and astonishingly realistic sculpting and engraving.

The craftsmen of the brand known by its twin stars looked to an ancestral Asian technique to create this enchantress version of the Petite Heure Minute. A flowery landscape in shimmering colors was inspired by the “Najeon Chilgi” method, which involves mother-of-pearl encrusted lacquer. Its golden age was during the Goryeo dynasty (10th-14th centuries), when aristocratic ladies would order sumptuous jewelry boxes requiring months of work. On the Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights, the center of the 35 mm or 39 mm diameter case offers itself to the gaze of a pastoral bouquet. The mother-of-pearl is first lacquered, and then polished with great care. The craftsmen engravers then bring out the minute volumes through hand painting, imbuing these floral tableaux with incomparable shine and the mirror effect of light glistening upon them. Reinterpreted by Jaquet Droz, this ancestral technique brings out the brilliance and dazzle of the dial like never before, earning this exceptional piece its name: “Thousand Year Lights.”

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