Jaquet Droz reveals richly detailed paillonné enameled watches

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Jaquet Droz’s decorative streak has resulted in some truly awe inspiring objects, now the watchmaker has created a series of timepieces that boast intricacy and subtle detail brought to life through the technique of paillonné enameling. The 18th century technique involves positioning ultra-thin sheets of gold (by hand!) one by one to form geometric patterns on the colored enamel base. A translucent coating of enamel sets the gold in place.


Pierre Jaquet-Droz was himself skilled in these art forms and today, the master craftsmen at Jaquet Droz have brought the technique back to life with a limited edition collection of watches with fresh new designs. Red gold meets jewel tones enamel to give the watches a regal look.
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The Grande Seconde comes in blue, violet and anthracite gray and feature 18 carat red gold 43 mm cases. These are powered by the self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2663.P, which is complete with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel and an 18-carat red gold oscillating weight. They offer a power reserve of 68 hours and are limited to 8 pieces in each color.
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The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 39 mm Paillonné is also available in violet, blue and grey. Their 39 mm red gold cases contain the Jaquet Droz 2653.P, self-winding mechanical movement with a 68 hours of power reserve. These are also limited to 8 pieces in every color.
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The Jaquet Droz Pocket Watch Paillonné is available in vivid red and blue with red gold cases held on a gold chain. Inside the 50mm case is the hand-wound mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2615 with a 40 hour power reserve. These are limited to 8 pieces in each shade.
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The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 35 mm Paillonné is a previously unseen version of the Petite Heure Minute. This special edition is available only in blue and is powered by the 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.
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The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonné rounds up the series. Boasting a 7 day power reserve, this watch has been created in the paillonné style for the first time. The 43 mm case contains the Jaquet Droz 25JD, self-winding tourbillon movement. The tourbillon features a blue dial, blued hands, and a lapis lazuli oscillating weight. Only 8 pieces have been created.

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