What if performance were not confined to a frantic set of grandiloquent superlatives ? And if the extraordinary instead lay nestled behind the scenes in an atelier staffed by meticulous artisans passionately perpetuating a skill inherited from a bygone era ? The physical stage for paillonnage is thus set, along with its underlying philosophy. In the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Watch Singing Hands-on Ablogtowatch Replica Ateliers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a dedication to slowness has long since replaced the need for speed. And as for the quest for precision, it applies not only to the mechanical art, but also to that of reproducing ornamental treasures from the past.
On the porcelain white subdials are black printouts that mark out the hours and tens of seconds. Both subdials have a railroad-style track round the periphery to aid in legibility. The hour and minute hands, in addition to the big running moments hands, are made out of 18k red gold. To get a dash of color, the crown can be made from 18k red gold. What’s also really cool is that the watch will come with a fitting rolled-edge handmade cloth strap. Rather than a pure white porcelain instance, we have a black porcelain case. The dial is also black and also decorated with clous de Paris guilloche. The overlapping subdials for your time and running seconds are, as you may have figured, in black ceramic. The crown, however, is black ceramic rather than 18k red gold such as the white ceramic edition. The watch also includes a matching roll-edged hand-made black fabric strap.These two models are powered by the self-winding Old Jaquet Droz Watches Replica 2663A, which beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. On the black ceramic model, the movement is treated with ruthenium to give it a dark appearance. This comes at a 44mm black porcelain case, but it is a bit thicker in 13.03mm due to its motion. It is largely similar to the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, except that it has a power reserve indicator on the dial at 9 o’clock. Such as the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris view includes a black dial decorated with Clous de Paris guilloche, and 18k red gold hands for hours, minutes, and seconds. The power book scale is marked with reddish gold, while the hand to its power reserve indicator is black-colored gold. Overall, the power reserve indicator was cleanly and neatly executed. Oh, this model has the same black cloth strap that echoes the dial texture as it does on each watch. Nice.
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The history of paillonnage is closely bound up with that of the watch company, since already back in the 18th century, Pierre Jaquet Droz celebrated a blend of mechanical virtuosity and artistic ornamentation in highlighting this rare and delicate technique in order to gold-spangle his incredible songbirds or the cases of his enameled pocket watches.
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Today, very few artisans still exercise this art that consists of cutting out from a very thin foil gold specks or spangles, known as paillons, and applying them to enameled dials. While the first models of this kind unveiled by Jaquet Droz Watches Prices In India Replica in recent years were decorated with historical paillons, specialized artisans have since then developed skills that now enable them to produce their own paillons and gold motifs. Delicately applied to the metal of the case or dial, which are sometimes also guilloché-worked to accentuate the overall texture and depth, the paillons are then coated with Grand Feu enamel. Jaquet Droz currently masters more than a hundred different shades, of which the intensity is enhanced by a layer of translucent enamel. A wrong move, a slip of attention or a miscalculated firing time can obliterate several days’ work in just a few seconds. But when then enamel artist manages to complete his work, the sight of time is truly wonderful and expresses the full measure of his patience, talent and dexterity : today as in yesteryear, it takes a golden touch to star-spangle the dials of enameled watches.
Petite Heure Minutes Paillonnée © Jaquet Droz