Only Watch Auction

Monaco, Sep 20, 2007

LOT 21

Jaquet Droz?Les Douze Villes Monaco?, Pièce unique.

EUR 0 - 0

Sold: EUR 32,000

The ?Douze Villes? watch, pulsing with the local time of twelve magnificent cities, is a declaration of love across a dozen time zones. It?s in this spirit of adventure and romance that Jaquet Droz is offering a limited series edition of luxury timepieces evoking these twelve fascinating locations. For the numerus clausus edition bearing the name the time-honoured principality on the Riviera, for example, the watch will feature the colours of Monaco?s flag: white enamelling with a red hand, dial numerals and strap top-stitching. Jaquet Droz?s ?Douze Villes? watch will transport you in time and space in your search for precision, perfection, and passion. Twelve cities. Twelve hours. Twelve time zones. Now you can inhabit all of them. Reference J010124217 Movement Jaquet Droz 3663-4, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, jumping hours and 12 time-zones, 22-carats white gold oscillating weight Indication Jumping hour and 12 time-zones (12 cities) through an aperture. Pointer-type minute display Jewelling 28 jewels Power reserve 68 hours Frequency 28,800 v.p.h Watch case 18-carat white gold Diameter Ø 40.5 mm Water resistance to 30 / 100 feet Dial ivory coloured ?grand feu? enamelled

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Founded during the Enlightenment, theManufacture JaquetDroz has always created superb timepieces celebrating the brilliance of precious stones and the purity of fine enamelwork. From the musical watches, carillons and mechanical figures presented at the royal courts of 18th-century Europe to its most contemporary creations, the Manufacture has consistently combined great creativity with stunning technical superiority in the avant-garde of luxury watchmaking. The travel theme has always inspired the Manufacture, starting with its founder, Pierre Jaquet Droz (1721-1790), an extraordinary inventor who captivated not only Old World capitals but also the Forbidden City in Peking. The philosophy of this roving genius, curious about the world and exacting in his craft, inspired several of the timepieces that bear his name. The most emblematic of these is ?Les Douze Villes?. Inside a 18-carat white gold case, an ingenious self-winding double-barrel mechanical movement offers a power reserve of 68 hours. Its bridges and plates are adorned with prestige ?Côtes de Genève? patterning. While the bezel and dial interact gracefully with subtle off-centred curves, a single lancine hand sweeps the minute indicators. The jumping hour subdial is located at 12 o?clock; the respective tempos of twelve cities (the ?Douze Villes?) beat at 6 o?clock. Monaco, of course. New York, obviously. London, naturally. But also Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai, Aspen, Mexico, Tokyo, the Azores, Sydney and Shanghai. The sight of these local times appeals to the imagination, suggesting instant time travel or a magic carpet ride! ?When you?re in love with one of its inhabitants,? the poet and novelist Lawrence Durrell once wrote, ?a city can become a world.?