Jaquet-Droz new automaton timepiece named ‘Loving Butterfly’ tells a story of love and trust with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics. The watch is inspired by the sketches drawn by an android automaton known as “the draughtsman” and features a 90-second on-demand animation. The poetic automaton portrays a delicate butterfly pulling Cupid along on a chariot. It is animated with just one press on the crown integrated pusher and has a 90 second power reserve, during which time the wings are flapping 2.5 times per seconds while the wheel of the chariot rotates. The exclusive automaton mechanism, for which two patents are also pending, took three years to develop.
The Loving Butterfly is powered by the self-winding JD2653 AT1 caliber with silicon balance spring and pallets. This twin barrel movement offers a 68 hours power reserve for the time mechanism. All 40 parts of the automaton’s refined design are patiently hand-engraved in-house at Jaquet-Droz. The timepiece arrives on a black rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap with double folding buckle in matching gold. With a 43 mm case in 18K rose or white gold, the new Jaquet-Droz Loving Butterfly is available in a limited number of 28 pieces for each metal. It is priced at $126,000 USD.