Jaquet Droz introduces 'eggshell mosaic'

Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant watch debuts with the Asian art of an eggshell mosaic

by 08 October 2015

One of Jaquet Droz's bestsellers, the Petite Heure Minute watch has lent itself to countless interpretations. For the first time ever in the watchmaking industry, Jaquet Droz has crafted a dial with the ancient art of eggshell mosaic originated in Asia.

Depicted on the 43-cm diameter dial is a vivid picture of an elephant – symbol of wisdom, strength and dignity – in a beautiful landscape of paddy fields, minutely and painstakingly realised with the Vietnamese technique using quail eggshell tesserae.

 jaquet droz petite heure minute elephant 4Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant

The tiny pieces of eggshell first have to be sorted by colour, shape and purity until 2000 usable ones have been selected, then hand-assembled one by one onto the red gold dial. It takes approximately 200 long hours to create the scenery, which is then covered with a thin layer of clear lacquer, beautifully contrasted with black onyx sub-dial with hour-and-minute display and red gold bezel.

jaquet droz petite heure minute elephant 2Sorting the eggshell tesserae by colour, shape and purity

jaquet droz petite heure minute elephant 1It takes approximately 2000 pieces of quail eggshell to create the stunning scenery

jaquet droz petite heure minute elephant 3One by one, the eggshell fragments are placed by hand onto the dial

That's not all. On the back of the watch, you can see the 22-carat red gold oscillating weight powering the double-barreled self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2653, providing 68 hours of power reserved, hand-engraved in relief with an elephant. The limited edition collection of eight watches will without doubt go on the wish list of Jaquet Droz watch collectors.

jaquet droz petite heure minute elephant 5The 22-carat red gold oscillating weight is hand-engraved in relief with an elephant