A luminous Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Eté

Jaquet Droz – A luminous Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Summer Eta Movement Replica Watches

Birds occupy an important place in the history of Jaquet Droz. Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a child of the Enlightenment, was keenly attuned to the love of nature that was then the height of fashion. In those rational times, birdsong was considered an appropriate subject of study in the quest for universal knowledge, and it was an unending source of inspiration for baroque artists. In his native region of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the young watchmaker would observe the many local birds each day, and he listened to their song. He would immortalise several local species in the form of mechanical singing birds, which were incorporated into pocket watches, table clocks and automata, which were enriched with engraving, miniature-painting and enamelling, and set with pearls and precious stones. In keeping with the spirit of the time, these automata driven by bellows and pistons reproduced their particular bird songs as faithfully as possible.

So let us get the title part from the way, because I tend to harp on nomenclature (as you probably already understand). While this watch is obviously part of the Jaquet Droz Bird Watch For Sale Replica Grande Seconde collection, it is mislabeled, as it does not have a “grand next” hand typical of the remainder of the group, but instead a juxtaposed dial, in which the hour and second hands are where the seconds hand would be. Where the hour and minute hands normally are around Grande Seconde models, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine has an exposed tourbillon – which doubles as another indicator. I really feel like I am repeating myself because I essentially made the same remarks two years ago.I’ve always liked the simplicity of the Grande Seconde Tourbillon, but the story differs. The outer part of the facial skin is aventurine, while the internal component is mother-of-pearl. While I’m not typically a diamond watch type of guy, I do think the total composition of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine is rather beautiful.Aventurine is a beautiful semi-precious stone that is really a kind of quartz. It is available in a selection of colors with most aventurine stones being green. Having said that, in watches, I’ve only ever noticed the deep blue form of the mineral. What makes aventurine unique for me personally is the deep azure types of this mineral, when used as a backdrop, offer the expression of space. Space, as in the nighttime skies. There are small shiny mineral inclusions in aventurine that sparkle like stars against the heavy sky blue. When watches wish to have a background that resembles distance, aventurine is often used.

Almost three centuries later, Jaquet Droz reconnected with the history of these mechanical birds. 2012 saw the unveiling the animated blue tits of the Bird Repeater; the following year came the highly contemporary Charming Bird, the first ever singing bird on a wristwatch. Back in 2010, Jaquet Droz had reintroduced the ancestral artistic crafts of miniature painting, engraving and sculpture to its manufacture. Birds became favoured motifs, as seen in the Petite Heure Minute Bird of 2011 and the Petite Heure Minute Relief Oiseaux of 2012.

A luminous Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Eté

The Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Eté of 2017 is not an automaton, and it does not make any sounds. But that doesn’t matter. The blue tit and its chick are sculpted so realistically out of engraved and hand-painted 18K red gold, that they seem almost about to burst into song and flutter their wings. The extraordinarily rich colour palette used for the birds and the pastoral scene visible through the special domed glass brings the naturalistic scene to life. The relief engraving on the blue tit’s wing is so detailed that you can almost see the feathers moving. Wearing this rare watch on the wrist, it’s next to impossible not to keep glancing at it. The temptation to look at it through a magnifying glass is impossible to resist. What more can be said about the precise details revealed on each feather, except that the observer can almost hear the soft rustling as the bird hovers in front of its chick with a virtually invisible earthworm in its bill. The downy bodies of the birds are suggested by delicate brushstrokes of pale yellow, contrasting with the precise strokes of the blue tailfeathers, and bold black markings around their eyes.

A luminous Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Eté

Three sunflowers of different sizes, interspersed with green stems of wheat and tiny blue cornflowers, echoing the colour of the birds’ plumage, form a compact and unusually vivid backdrop. The stunning realism of the tableau can be illustrated by taking a closer look at the brown hearts of the sunflowers, where cavities have been left by missing seeds. The scene is set against a delicate white hand-painted mother-of-pearl dial, suggesting the hazy skies of a hot summer’s day, where the hour and minutes dial with its warm 18k red gold hands is nestled within the 41 mm diameter case.

Red gold also features on the back of the watch, whose transparent caseback reveals a rotor decorated with white mother-of-pearl, and two wings delicately hand-engraved and finished, also in red gold. The rotor winds the twin barrels which supply the Jaquet Droz Watch Repair Replica 2653 automatic calibre with a 68-hour power reserve. This sophisticated limited edition watch of 88 pieces belongs to the Métiers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons series, where its warm colours and luxuriant vegetation contrast with the glacial diamond-set whiteness of the winter model.