Another limited edition of the famous automaton, now with a mineral dial made of petrified wood.
The super fun chariot-themed automaton makes a comeback in a new 28-piece series. This time the watch features a dial made from wood petrified some 140-180 million years ago called Chinchilla Red, named after the far-eastern locale in Australia where it is found. Its autumnal hues make quite a combination with a 43-mm red gold case.
The animated objet d'art is inspired by a drawing entitled Le papillon conduit par l’amour (Butterfly Driven by Love), which was sketched in 1774 by The Draughtsman, an automaton created by Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, the founder’s son. This new rendition magnifies the Cherub on a chariot and the Butterfly, a classic metaphor for labors of love. Like the chariot, the butterfly comprises several dozen stationary and moving appliqués hand-etched by Jaquet Droz artisan jewellers. By activating the pusher, the scenery comes alive: the butterfly’s wings flutter in time, the wheels on the chariot turn. The figures are surrounded by a gold backdrop entirely crafted by hand. Each tree spans a mere 0.2 mm. The off-centered hour and minute sub-dial with two red gold hands is made from the black onyx.
The watch is powered by the self-winding double-barrel JD2653 AT1 calibre equipped with a silicon escapement elements. It features a 68 hours of power reserve for the time-telling mechanism, and the individual power source for the automaton. The beautiful finishes and the red gold oscillating weight shaped like the chariot wheel are visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Matched to a rolled-edge hand-made black alligator strap, the Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton Chinchilla Red has a price of CHF 130,000. Part of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to reforestation and the preservation of endemic species associations.
Mar. 13, 2020