This week marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate than with a new luxury timepiece?
Jaquet Droz has a strong history with China and was the first clockmaking brand to be imported there in the 1700s. Some Jaquet Droz pieces are still preserved in the Imperial Palace museum to this day.
As part of their annual collection of Chinese-Zodiac inspired timepieces, Jaquet Droz honors the pig, the 12th and last animal of the Zodiac, with two pairs of his and hers Petite Heure Minute watches.
The first pair features an 18K red gold case and an enamel dial adorned with a small hand-painted pig standing in an abundant field of wheat, said to represent the characteristics of those born in the Year of the Pig. The women’s version has a 35mm dial and 232 diamonds for a total of 1.23 carats while the men’s version has a 39mm dial and is diamond free. Each model is limited to 28 pieces.
Available in red gold and white gold, the second set of timepieces features the boar. Hand-engraved and hand-patinated, each dial is adorned with wild pig appliques, relief trees and onyx hours and minutes disks. Both 41mm in diameter, the ladies’ version, made of white gold, is limited to 8 pieces while the red gold model is limited to 28 pieces.
With this release, Jaquet Droz proves they can effortlessly unite tradition with top-class watchmaking to create a collection of timepieces that perfectly commemorates the New Year.
About The Author: Scott Meller
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott joined Feldmar Watch Company, Inc. under the tutelage of his father, Sol. As a fourth generation family member, Scott’s forward-thinking business acumen has placed Feldmar on the cutting edge of the luxury timepiece market. Scott’s favorite part about working at Feldmar is being a part of his family’s multi-generational business and having worked alongside his father. His accomplishments are many, including the expansion and remodel of the Feldmar flagship store, as well as a second location inside The Beverly Hilton.
Since attending Santa Monica College, Scott has become an expert in the technical aspects of the timepieces sold at Feldmar. Each year, he travels to Switzerland—the watchmaking capital of the world—to attend the Baselword Watch & Jewelry Fair and build upon his extensive knowledge of this quickly-evolving industry.
Scott is very proud of the way Feldmar customers are put first: “We regularly go out of our way to meet the needs of our clients. A client once purchased a rather significant watch as a birthday gift for his brother who lived in New York. Our client asked how we were going to deliver the gift and we responded with the typical answer, we would ship it by FedEx. After we answered his question, we could tell that he wanted a more personalized experience for the delivery and offered to have it hand-delivered by one of our associates. He lit up at the thought, and so off went one of our associates to New York City for the day to hand-deliver the gift.”