Tribute To The Gold Foil Carving Process

Jaquet Droz launched an extraordinary watch series, as a new symbol of the brand spirit, praising the unique craftsmanship of gold foil carving. This timepiece and artistic creation blends modern essence with historical legends.

   For Jaquet Droz, modern style is as important as traditional craftsmanship. The Jaquet Droz brand was born in the age of Enlightenment, and inherits the brilliant decoration craftsmanship along this glorious era. The brand’s work is highly acclaimed for its sophisticated mechanical construction and beautiful micro-painting, engraving and enamel dials, all of which are carefully decorated in the brand’s art workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

   Among these decoration crafts, the gold leaf carving craftsmanship takes its place. This gold and silver work is to manually place fine gold foil one by one to draw a regular geometric pattern on the surface of colored enamel, and then use a layer of translucent enamel, called a protective layer of enamel, to fix it. Only by mastering the extreme temperature of the oven can you make enamel with unique texture and uniform color. Pierre Jacques Drouse these techniques for his own use. Thanks to his and other watchmaking masters, the gold leaf carving craft reached a new height in the 18th century. Based on the gold foil of this era, the master craftsmen of Jaquet Droz began to revive the process. Today, they have been able to make gold foil by themselves, blend ancient and modern techniques on the same timepiece, and use the gold foil carving process combined with the unique big fire enamel dyeing process to inject new emotional connotations into the timepiece.
   The brand launches rare new models every year to celebrate this time-honored beauty. In 2016, the brand launched a new limited timepiece that once again broke the creative and aesthetic limits. Jaquet Droz’s iconic watch series is meticulously decorated with gold leaf engraving. The rigorous geometric patterns are matched with the brilliant red gold and gorgeous enamel.

   Grande Seconde uses purple and charcoal gray for the first time, and bright blue. The 39mm diameter Petite Heure Minute also uses these three shades, while the Pocket Watch series is decorated with blue and red to pay tribute to the legendary pocket watch. For the first time, the Petite Heure Minute adopts a more feminine and slim 35 mm diameter size, with a dark blue dial, and all models of this series are decorated with solar radiation. Finally, the tourbillon model of grace is equipped with a 7-day power reserve and is decorated with gold leaf carving for the first time. This model is decorated with rich and exquisite details, which can be described as exquisitely crafted crystals. The blue steel hands, the screw heads on the bezel and the lapis lazuli are all highlighting Jaquet Droz’s long decorative gemstone craftsmanship and sophisticated clockwork Functional accomplishments.
   These new timepieces are produced strictly in accordance with the rules established during the Renaissance, while at the same time being determined to innovate. This year, the way of stacking gold wires is reinterpreted in a delicate style unique to Jaquet Droz: like pearls, gold beads are cut and shaped, and then placed manually at the intersection of two striped roads, so that the transparent enamel is inlaid The three-dimensional decorative pattern is more beautiful.

   The production of these timepieces requires extremely rigorous and meticulous skills. Each timepiece is limited to release, condensing the century-old handicraftsmanship and extreme modern style, showing a rare and elegant style.