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New Jaquet Droz ATELIERS D'ART Watches

Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art: Watches that Tell a Story

The Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art collection goes back in time by reviving the lost art and grandeur of the 18th century watchmaking, incorporating it in their magnificent contemporary timepiece. As they say, the devil is in the details. In the case of the Ateliers D’Art watches, it’s all in the dial. Jaquet Droz artisans have, indeed, made the most painstaking work by creating miniature paintings, engraved ornamentations, enameled surfaces, each one having its own time of attention.

One couldn’t help his admiration over the simplicity of the Jaquet Droz Grand Heure, especially with the hour indicators of the most minuscule applications — an unmistakable signature of the Jaquet Droz line. But applying the same subdial decorative technique as the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute, the Ateliers D’Art puts the hour and minute indicators off-center at 12 o’clock to give more space for the meticulous art pieces hand-painted on the rest of the dial. As a result, it creates a new range of models that feature beautiful finishes in a contemporary timepiece.

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art Watches 

Model

Price

Description

Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Ref. J005013224$23,009 USD
  • 39mm men’s watch rose gold casing black leather strap, sapphire glass, painted dial, automatic movement, minute functions, water-resistant, alligator skin
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Tiger Ref. J005033331$36,643 USD
  • 43mm 18K white gold case, black Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature tiger head painting, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653P self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock, silver steel hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade black alligator strap, 18k white gold ardillon buckle
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Dog Ref. J005003223$46,235 USD
  • 35mm 18K red gold case, set with 232 diamonds, Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with miniature dog painting, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653.P self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring, pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 22k red gold oscillating weight hand-patinated with dog motif, off-centered 18K red gold hours and minutes, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30m, rolled-edge handmade brown alligator strap
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Hummingbird Ref. J005504501$54,600 USD
  • 35mm 18K white gold case, set with 100 diamonds, 18k white gold dial with plique-a-jour Grand Feu enamel, white mother of pearl subdial, Jaquet Droz Caliber 6150 self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, blued steel hands, 38 hours power reserve, 29 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade dark blue satin strap, 18k white gold ardillon buckle
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Pocket Watch Paillonnée Ref. J080033047 $58,923 USD
  • 50mm 18K red gold case, Paillonne on blue Grand Feu enamel 18k red gold applied ring, screws in blued steel silver opaline hours, minutes and seconds dial, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2615 hand-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered seconds, blued stainless steel hands, 40 hours power reserve, 20 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, 18K red gold chain
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée Ref. J005033258$42,000 USD
  • 43mm 18K red gold case, blue Grand Feu paillonne-enamel and white mother of pearl sundial, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653P self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock, blued steel hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade blue alligator strap, 18K red gold ardillon buckle
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon Ref. J005023287$72,500 USD
  • 41mm 18K red gold case, 18K red gold dial with brecciated jasper hand-patinated and engraved 18k yellow gold dragon relief applique with citrine pearl, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653Si self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, 18K red gold hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade black alligator strap, 18k red gold ardillon buckle
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Ref. J005024575$71,400 USD
  • 41mm 18K white gold case set with 272 diamonds, hand-engraved and painted white mother of pearl, 18k red gold rhodium-plated and hand-painted bird applique, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653 self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, blued steel hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade grey satin strap, 18k white gold ardillon buckle set with 24 diamonds
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights Ref. J005003221$61,485 USD
  • 35mm 18K red gold case set with 232 diamonds, 18Kk red gold dial with black lacquer and hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother of pearl 18k red gold applied ring, onyx subdial, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653P self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, 18K red gold hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade black alligator strap, 18k red gold ardillon buckle 
Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights Ref. J005014211$64,046 USD
  • 39mm 18K white gold case set with 240 diamonds, 18k white gold dial with black lacquer and hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother of pearl 18K white gold applied ring, white mother of pearl subdial, Jaquet Droz Caliber 2653Si self-winding mechanical movement, off-centered hours and minutes, blued steel hands, 68 hours power reserve, 28 jewels, water-resistant up to 30 meters, rolled-edge handmade blue alligator strap, 18K white gold ardillon buckle 

 

How much does a Jaquet Droz Ateliers d'Art watch cost? 

It goes without saying that when two different luxury items — fine art and luxury watch, get combined, add with the materials that make up these pieces, the value inevitably doubles. Older models of the Ateliers D’Art retail at around $20,000 USD, the current ones valuing up to $100,000 USD.  

Prices for the Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art — Art Painting

Jaquet Droz watches definitively showcases the art of painting with the Petite Heure Minute models. This line features different animals, from birds, dragons, dogs, pigs, etc., hand-painted with an extremely fine brush as thin as a strand of hair. The two most striking creations are the Petite Heure Minute Ref. J005033331 and Petite Heure Minute Ref. J005034275, simply called “Tiger.” These are pieces of two variations: respectively, one in a red gold case matched with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial, the other in a white gold case matched with a black grand feu enamel dial. Both creations evoke the power of the most ferocious feline in the animal kingdom, highlighting the face of the tiger with its haunting eyes representing the intensity of the feline’s gaze. Limited in a series of 28 pieces, the Tiger models retail at $36,643 USD.

Prices for the Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art — Plique-a-jour Smalta Clara or Clear Enamel 

Smalta Clara, using the plique-a-jour technique, directly translates to the Jacquet Droz watches having clear enamel that is open light, with its glamour revealed when the sun hits. Two examples are the Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Ref. J005503500 and Ref. J005504500, versions of brown and blue respectively, which retails at $54,600 USD. We can see how the tiger is a recurring emblem in the collection portrayed with its yellow piercing eyes, open mouth, and bared teeth. A different version in the same price range, Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Ref. J005504501 portrays a blue hummingbird, an 18K white gold case set in 100 diamonds. All these watches emulate the finest stained-glass window, with metals to separate each shade of color. Having the offset inner dial to indicate the hours and minutes, we can only imagine how the tiniest components of the self-winding mechanical movement Caliber 6150 has been assembled cautiously to completion. 

Prices for the Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art — Paillonnée Technique

In this subcategory of the Ateliers D’Art collection, Jaquet Droz revives what is practically a lost art. Blue or red stained glass covered in several coats of enamel, and adorned with tiny gold pieces called paillon predominates the dial of the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée watches. The Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée Ref. J005033258, a 43mm dress watch offered at $42,000 USD, has the blue Grand Feu paillonne-enamel dial. In the inner silver opaline off-centered subdial, the hours and minutes are indicated with Arabic numerals and blued steel hands enclosed with the same red gold material, and finally secured with blue screws. Giving a bit more space for the indications, there is the Grande Seconde Paillonnée Ref. J003033437 which has a figure-8 dial to show the hours and minutes at 12 o’clock, and the seconds at 6 o’clock. 

Prices for the Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art — Relief Printing

On a moody spiderman jasper and black onyx backdrop, a perfectly engraved 18k yellow gold dragon makes it look like this legendary creature is coming to life in the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon Ref. J005023287. This $72,500 USD dress watch is powered by the in-house movement Caliber 2653.Si, complete with silicon balance spring and double barrel. The intricate movement is made even more exquisite with the golden dragon’s tail and spiderman jasper oscillating weight.

The Relief Seasons also features white mother of pearl dials which can be seen in  Minute Relief Season Ref. J005024576 which has an engraved red gold bird applique powered by the Calibre 2653. In this illustration of the birds, we get to see a recreation of Jaquet Droz’s very own 1785 Singing Bird Pocket Watch called “The Evening.” This pearl dial is matched with an analogous pale grey satin strap and white gold ardillon buckle that make the colors of the relief truly pop. 

Prices for the Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art — Intaglio Printing

The opposite of relief printing, we get to see intaglio printing in these beautiful art pieces in black onyx. One, in particular, is the Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights Ref. J005003221. Having the same off-center sundial in the same jet-black onyx surface puts all the attention to the intaglio printed surface, a decorative technique achieved by incising the areas, rather than raising, to make the flower prints. The bezel of this red gold case watch gets a set of 232 diamonds raising its value of $61,485 USD. The Thousand-Year Lights red gold watches feature the same dial designs and are strapped with black leather. The white gold diamond watches on the other hand, while using the same black onyx surface to feature the etched flowers, has a mother of pearl sundial which matches most beautifully with the blue leather strap. These are the Thousand Year Lights Ref. J005014211 and  Ref. J005004201, which retails at $49,400 USD for each piece. 

Vintage Jaquet Droz Ateliers d'Art — Is it a good investment? 

If there is one thing that luxury watches and fine art pieces have in common, is their intrinsic value. And when you combine these, as in the Ateliers D’art whereby miniaturized fine art pieces can be found inside a luxury watch, it makes it doubly unique and sacred work. Thus, every timepiece from the Ateliers d’Art collection is essentially both a fine art piece and a luxury watch, making them great long-term investments for both fine art and watch aficionados.

History Behind the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d'Art Collection

In the Ateliers D’Art collection premiered in 2011, Jaquet Droz draws on the heritage of the 18th-century traditional skills, which is mostly defined by lightness and elegance but also of grandeur in details. From paintings, enameling, intaglio printing, engraving, and so much more, we’ll see just by looking at the watches how much influence of art styles has been implemented in the horological art techniques.

The Jaquet Droz Ateliers D’Art collection, which directly translates to “art studio” did not only draw the concept of a place for curated beautiful pieces, it also mimics the concept of having just one original piece. And while it blesses the human eye with the art presented in the dial, it also fascinates it with the workmanship and expertise in creating powerful complications.

4 Reasons to Buy Jaquet Droz Ateliers d'Art Watch

Stripped bare of functions, that is, having no other complications aside from the movement of hour and minute hands, the spectator’s attention is all pointed to the magnificence of the art that is in the dial. Here are some more reasons to get your hands on an Ateliers D’Art.

1. Inside these masterpieces are exceptional mechanisms developed in-house. Some of these are the Jaquet Droz Calibre 2653, 2615, and 6150 which are all self-winding mechanical movements with balance spring, pallet-fork horns, flat bridges, and double barrel. 

2. Ateliers D’Art is a one-of-a-kind creation. Aside from being limited editions, because each watch is hand-painted individually, even with the same designs, it's impossible to have two same, identical watches.

3. Each Ateliers D’Art watch has its own Ateliers D’Art certificate. This is coupled with an individual limited edition serial number to see at the case back engraved on the oscillating weight.

4. Another fascinating fact about the Jaquet Droz is its connection to China, particularly with the Imperial Court. Honoring this friendship, this collection has started to feature timepieces that showcase the animal zodiac sign of each lunar year. Accordingly, you can own a watch that shows your very own Chinese zodiac sign. 

A Fine Art in a Luxury Watch

In this collection, we again see how Jaquet Droz holds haute horlogerie in the highest regard. Who would have imagined the watchmaking craft being a venue for exceptional art pieces? Like an art studio true to its name, the Ateliers D’Art collection is a curation of magnificent rare timepieces, fine art pieces inside a luxury watch, as never seen before. 

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