Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

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Jaquet Droz,?Petite Heure Minute? for Only Watch Jaquet Droz, ?Petite Heure Minute Monaco? Numerus Clausus 1/1, movement No. 001050, Ref. J005033214. Very fine and unique, water-resistant, selfwinding, 18K red gold wristwatch with enamel dial and an 18K red gold Jaquet Droz buckle. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.

Case: Three-body, solid, polished, straight and curved lugs, rounded bezel, transparent case back, sapphire crystals. Dial: Ivory ?Grand Feu? enamel, hand-painted depicting the New Harbor and the Rock of Monaco, off-center hours and minutes with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track. Red gold alpha hands. Movement: Cal. 2653.4, rhodium-plated, Côtes de Genève decoration, 28 jewels, straight line lever escapement, double barrel, monometallic balance adjusted to five positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, 22K white gold rotor with sunray decoration. Dial, case and movement signed. Diameter 43 mm.

Wish Price EUR 30,000 - 40,000

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The Jaquet Droz philosophy of time has always been animated by a spirit of exclusiveness infused with generosity. This year, the Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds will be supporting Only Watch by donating a one-of-a-kind Petite Heure Minute model created especially for the occasion. This exclusive piece proudly boasts an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial adorned with details from one of the principality?s most renowned landscapes, a marvelous specimen of the art of miniature painting on enamel. In choosing to apply this painstaking technique, Jaquet Droz wished to honor an ancestral art with a 21st-century interpretation of the traditions practiced by its founder. It takes a master artisan at least a week, with an eye to the microscope, to finish one of these entirely hand-crafted masterpieces. In addition, this Petite Heure Minute features a self-winding mechanical movement, a double barrel, with 68-hour power reserve, a 22K white gold oscillating weight bearing a sunray motif executed by a master engraver, and a Jaquet Droz secret signature. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters), this superlative model is housed in a 43 mm watch case of 18K red gold.