2018 Basel Watch Fair Jacques Dro Smalta Clara Hour Minute Dial Watch

From the initial sketch almost three centuries ago to the arrival of the latest masterpiece today, Jaquet Droz has faithfully inherited the core idea of ​​Pierre Jaquet-Droz— —Simple aesthetics, bold style and innovative clock mechanism continue the legend of watchmaking.

  The Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara hour and minute dial introduced on the occasion of the brand’s 280th anniversary is no exception. This watch inherits the brand’s centuries-old tradition and has its own personality. For the first time in the new work, the Jacques Dro brand uses the enamel technique of empty windows. Its Latin name is ‘smalta clara’. Jacques Droux has always been known for its superb fire enamel craftsmanship. This process, which was born 1500 years ago, requires precise control of the flames to avoid cracks in the enamel. The risk of cracks in the glazed surface increases with each firing.

  The finished product is no longer a single enamel, but consists of enamel blocks of different colors and shapes. The enamel blocks are separated by gold wires. In the end, the enamel is not covered on the metal bottom, but filled with a hollow grille, like a stained glass window. It can be said that the empty window enamel (Smalta Clara) has no bottom layer. Light can penetrate the glazed surface, reflecting every delicate color.

  When the light shines, Jakodro’s tiger pattern specially painted for this watch seems to inject vitality and come to life. This animal image is drawn with vivid and modern lines, adding a touch of toughness to this soft and gentle watch. Each dial uses at least 7 colors to make the tiger look real. The bezel is set with 100 brilliant diamonds, set against subtle details, highlighting its majesty. Jacques Dero uses crystal pure enamel, which can completely penetrate the light without blocking or deforming, creating stunning visual effects. It takes four days for the enamel artisan to make a dial.

  The Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara watch is also one of the very few Jaquet-Droz timepieces with an eccentric hours display at 2 o’clock. The extremely streamlined dial provides tigers with a space to repel others. Following the fine watchmaking tradition, the mother-of-pearl dial is paired with two blue-steel hands. The crown is also set at 2 o’clock, hiding the chain shaft under the enamel. To this end, Jacques de Ronaldo chose to carry the elegant 8-Lady 8 Flower movement, the smallest mechanical movement in the brand series.

  Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara watches are available in two styles, each limited to 28 pieces. This watch is 35 mm in diameter and the ears and bezel are set with diamonds. The first model has a white gold case with a blue tiger pattern, and the second model has a red gold case with a gold and brown tiger pattern. Each watch is equipped with a hand-rolled satin strap that matches the dial hue. This new work is bound to write a new chapter in the splendid history of the Jacques Dro Art Workshop.
  ‘Some watches tell time, some tell a story.’

  SMALTA CLARA TIGER hour and minute dial
  Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger
  J005503500
  ‘Etched enamel’ large open fire enamel 18K white gold dial, white mother-of-pearl dial, 18K red gold stereo bezel
  18K red gold case set with 100 diamonds, total weight 0.89 carats
  Automatic mechanical movement
  Power reserve approx. 38 hours
  35 mm diameter
  Limited edition of 28 pieces

  SMALTA CLARA TIGER hour and minute dial
  Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger
  J005504500
  ‘Etched enamel’ 18K white gold dial with large open fire enamel, white mother-of-pearl dial, 18K white gold three-dimensional bezel
  18K white gold case set with 100 diamonds, total weight 0.89 carats
  Automatic mechanical movement
  Power reserve approx. 38 hours
  35 mm diameter
  Limited edition of 28 pieces