It is without a doubt that Jaquet Droz watches are simply just too beautiful for words to describe. Each design brings about a sense of wonder to an act so practical as telling time.
The brand's watches are special in the sense that they are unique. According to CEO Christian Lattman, they are made by hand, representing a strong collaboration between craftsmanship and innovation.
This year's novelties, are not any different. The Magic Lotus Automaton and Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Hummingbird, as well additions to the Grande Seconde collection, can very well just take your breath away.
Have a look at the new Magic Lotus Automaton. It invites meditation and contemplation in an animated Zen garden, where fauna and flora come to life in breathtaking detail.
Engage the pusher and the peripheral disc that’s painted to resemble flowing water starts to rotate, mimicking a lake. You'll find a koi swimming in the lake, with its tail moving and body dipping into the surface.
The watch also sports a lotus flower that has “fallen into the lake”. It is able to change colour, from a blue to a yellow sapphire, and then to a ruby each time it passes below the dial or the lotus leaves.
For the Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Hummingbird, its namesake takes centre stage and offers up an extraordinary spectacle of colour that changes with orientation and the light.
Two colourful hummingbirds were created by the Jaquet Droz to bring the composition to life. In the first, pink and light blue tones echo a mother-of-pearl dial within a red gold case set with 100 diamonds (0.89 carat).
In the second, the hummingbird is adorned with green and turquoise feathers over a shaded blue background. The mother-of-pearl dial, displaying two hands in blue steel, is housed within a white gold case that is also set with 100 diamonds.
Jaquet Droz has also launched two new complications for the Grande Seconde collection: Grande Seconde Dual Time and Grande Seconde Chronograph.
Unveiling four versions of the Grande Seconde Dual Time, two in steel case (onyx or opaline dial) present a contemporary minimalist look that can be worn by travelers for any occasion, while two red gold versions (ivory or black Grand Feu enamel dial) retain the classic Jaquet Droz heritage.
The first ever Grande Seconde Chronograph comes equipped with an exclusive movement. An inaugural, limited series piece is complemented by three permanent additions to the collection.
All these novelties were recently unveiled in Kuala Lumpur at an event by Swiss Watch Gallery. The viewing session offered insight into the watchmaker’s art of craftsmanship, taking inspirations from nature that arguably crosses the line in watchmaking.