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Jaquet Droz celebrates the year of the rat
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Jaquet Droz celebrates the year of the rat

Tuesday, 14 January 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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Four variations of the Petite Heure Minute explore the sign of the Rat, and the start of a new cycle of the Chinese calendar.

Representing renewal, the Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. A symbol of passion and ambition, the sign of the Rat will take center stage inš2020 according to the age-old Chinese calendar. To celebrate this special year, four limited series have been created by Jaquet Droz. In each of these creations, Jaquet Droz has paired the Rat with the pomegranate, which has been regarded as a symbol of life and fertility since ancient times because of the many seeds contained within it.

Onyx dial of the Petite Heure Minute Rat in red gold 41mm © Jaquet-Droz
Onyx dial of the Petite Heure Minute Rat in red gold 41mm © Jaquet-Droz

Four highly exclusive models have now been revealed which celebrate the pairing of the Rat and the pomegranate. They showcase Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Art, whose work brings naturalistic scenes to life in the true spirit of the brand. The first two models (Petite Heure Minute 35mm and 39mm) depict two rats on a bed of leaves dotted with pomegranates, set on a Grand Feu enamel dial. Both variations are produced in red gold, and the 35mm model is set entirely with diamonds (case and pallet lugs). The case back of both models houses an oscillating weight designed especially for this limited series of 28 pieces. A second scene, engraved in red gold, depicts two rats reveling in a basket of pomegranates, continuing the metaphor of prosperity, abundance and intelligence.

Petite Heure Minute Rat in red gold 39mm © Jaquet-Droz
Petite Heure Minute Rat in red gold 39mm © Jaquet-Droz

For the 41mm version, the Petite Heure Minute is available in two other animal-inspired variations that explore the same theme yet feature an onyx dial in a shade of black that is as pure as it is intense. This incredibly deep black serves as the backdrop for a Rat holding a pomegranate in its hands. These two prestigious pieces are crafted in either red gold or white gold (case, rat, hands, and oscillating weight engraving). In addition, the white gold version is set with 272 diamonds that illuminate its ring and pallet lugs with radiant sparkle while creating contrast with the dark intensity of onyx. For each of these versions set with jewels, pomegranates are symbolized by rubies, which are arranged in a snow setting to depict multiple arils at the 9 o’clock position, while one larger ruby is used for the seed in the Rat’s hands.

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