Jaquet-Droz unveils new enameling paillonné collection – hands-on with live pics and pricing

By rolex
April 6, 2021
3 min read

On a mission to propagate uncommon creative specialties, Métiers d’art and different kinds of plating are natural topics at Jaquet Droz. It has become a practice for the brand to disclose perfect paillonné lacquer restricted releases each year. This year, these are delivered in blue and red, perhaps the most fragile tones to work with. Paillonné plating is an eighteenth century procedure that was utilized by Pierre Jaquet-Droz himself. The new models unite memorable ‘paillons’ (minuscule themes or paillettes produced using gold leaf) and present day components.

Jaquet Droz’ paillonné method is a work concentrated interaction. Polish is applied on a guilloche dial and terminated in a furnace at about 800°. This plating activity is rehashed a few times to acquire the ideal tone and ideal sparkle. It is somewhat clear, which gives a rich profundity to the dial. The subsequent stage is to apply (by hand obviously) the paillons, and the paillons together structure a flower theme. They are terminated along with a layer of straightforward polish (which is called “fondant”, for those anxious to fabricate their French watchmaking jargon) to hold them in place.

The handwork requires master craftsmanship and is truly great. The outcome after numerous long stretches of work is of remarkable excellence. The paillonné lacquer encompasses the ordinary Jaquet Droz time sign, which includes a huge seconds hand in its own sub dial, and a more modest hours/minutes sub dial. These sub dials are isolated from the paillonné veneer with a brilliant edge, while the actual dials are done in a grayish polish and form shape of a 8, with exquisite faceted warmth blued hands to add an exemplary touch.

Grande Seconde Tourbillon in 43mm Grande Seconde Tourbillon in 43 mm Petite Heure Minute 35mm

The 2017 assortment comprises 3 Petite Heure Minute restricted releases: 35 mm red paillonné polish, 39 mm blue paillonné veneer and 43mm blue paillonné lacquer. The Grande Seconde is accessible in a 43mm blue dialed version. A red paillonnée lacquer dial is graced by the enrapturing artful dance of a tourbillon. Finally, a pocket watch fills in as a nostalgic gesture to a former elegance.

These choice manifestations house a profoundly refined development, which comes as nothing unexpected. All developments (aside from the pocket watch) highlight a silicon hairspring and silicon bed horns. The rear of the Tourbillon watch is especially marvelous, and the development is flawlessly gotten done with an additional bit of veneer. Notwithstanding the conventional Côtes de Genève transmitting from the tourbillon, the wavering weight is decorated with red polish with two applied gold stars, the mark of Jaquet Droz.

These restricted version wristwatches are worn on crocodile lashes, while the pocket watch comes with a chain. For more data on Jaquet-Droz you can visit their site at www.jaquet-droz.com


Quick facts:

  • Grande Seconde Paillonée – 43 mm pink gold case blue dial – JD2663 self-winding type – restricted version of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 43.200 CHF
  • Petite Heure Minute Paillonée – 35 mm pink gold case red dial – JD2653 self-winding type – restricted release of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 38.900 CHF
  • Petite Heure Minute Paillonée – 39 mm pink gold case blue dial – JD2653 self-winding type – restricted version of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 41.050 CHF
  • Petite Heure Minute Paillonée – 43 mm pink gold case blue dial – JD2653 self-winding type – restricted version of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 43.200 CHF
  • Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonée – 43 mm pink gold case blue dial – 25JD self-winding type – restricted version of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 122.600 CHF
  • Pocket watch Paillonée – 50 mm pink gold case blue dial – JD2615 manual type – restricted version of 8 pieces – Retail cost : 48.600 CHF