Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Art Collection are where they pay homage to their historical renown for sumptuous and exquisite decorative work in timepieces, antique pieces of which appear occasionally at auction. Three new Petite Heure Minute dials have now been added to ‘The Art of Painting’ sub collection of the Ateliers, with black Grand Feu enamel dials providing the back drop for a hand painted lion, a flamingo, and Koi.
Whereas the lion and flamingos stand solo on the dials, the Koi depiction is of a pond, with the carp swimming amidst reeds and Lotus flowers. The decision to have a carp model is Jaquet Droz’s nod to the historical importance of the Chinese market for them, a relationship dating back to the late 1700s.
They are all in rose gold cases, but the Lion is, at 42mm, the largest. The Flamingo and Koi Carp models are both 39mm, but the Flamingo’s bezel also features 248 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Inside all three of the Petite Heure Minute models is the Jaquet Droz Calibre 2653.P, which has an 18 karat red gold oscillating weigh and sixty-eight hours of power reserve.
Each of these three new models comes in a limited edition of twenty-eight pieces, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Ateliers d’Art, signed by the artist who created the dial.
The use of such a dark background makes the depictions more dramatic than the Ateliers d’Art ivory Grand Feu dialled models, and it is for this reason that I am more drawn to the flamingo and carp ones. The vivid hues of their colours contrasting with the black dial make for very striking and engaging dials.