Art meets watchmaking – Jaquet Droz’s Pailloné Enameled limited-edition timepieces

Jaquet Droz has revealed three new limited-edition watches showcasing the virtuoso technique of paillonné enameling on the dials. Each paillonné enamel dial is limited to just 8 pieces in models 39 mm Petite Heure Minute, 43 mm Grande Seconde, and a 50 mm pocket watch.

Paillonné enameling is a marriage of azure and gold, a design of infinite delicacy. The Jaquet Droz artisans have excelled in this ornamental technique since the 18th century. To this day the house practice the Grand Feu enamel process to make dials adorned with gold paillons placed with surgical precision under the translucent enamel fondant. This involves several firings at temperatures that can approach 1000 °C.

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The motif has been reinvented on each timepiece and plays with yet more circular forms to evoke the floral theme favored by Jaquet Droz. The blued steel hands echo the ultramarine dial, while the light in the red gold case, on a blue or black alligator leather strap, seems to reflect the gleaming paillons.

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The Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée contains a JD 2653 self-winding automatic movement (30 jewels) with 68 hours of power reserve. The dial has Blue Grand Blue paillonné-enameled 18-carat red gold ring and plate. It even has individual serial number engraved on the case-back. Priced at $39,900, it is available here.

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The Grande Seconde Paillonnée has a JD 2663 automatic movement (30 jewels) also with 68 hours of power reserve and 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. Priced at $ 42,000, it is available here.

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The Pocket Watch Paillonnée has a JD 1615 hand-wound movement (20 jewels) with 40 hours of power reserve. Priced at $ 47,300, it is available here.

All the watches have 18–carat red gold cases, and blued steel hands.