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.