This is an updated post of an earlier post.
While we haven’t had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Jaquet Droz Petite Heuer Minute Tiger watches yet, we have definitely formed an impression. After all, Jaquet Droz is long known for its hand-painted and hand-crafted dials, and having been to the brand’s incredible workshops in Switzerland, we know the utmost care and attention goes into the making of each and every dial. The Petite Heure Minute Tiger watches, created in limited numbers, is no exception.
Impressions of the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Tiger watches
At first glance– the two different versions of the Tiger watches are each alluring in their own way. I am most enthralled with the black dial version with white tiger and blue eyes. These are my colors; I love blue and also black and white is so versatile. The thing is, then you take a closer look at the white dial one -with brown tiger and golden green eyes and your heart skips another beat. I still stand behind Old blue eyes, but no matter your preference, you won’t be able to turn away from this tiger’s direct gaze. And, if you are like me, you won’t want to.
Each version vies for your attention because they capture the essence of the tiger — commanding respect and adoration. Jaquet Droz’s artisans hand paint in miniature against a Grand Feu enamel dial the likeness of the tiger’s eyes. The tiger painting takes up the entire lower portion of the dial, with an off-center hours and minutes dial at 12:00. Just like the tiger itself, the watch exudes a sense of power, grace and natural beauty. Each painting takes a master artisan hundreds of hours to complete. Using fine brushes with hairs as thin as a human hair, they toil for hours — achieving a thick, lustrous coat of fur a single stroke at a time.
The tiger’s gaze is so enchanting that it is hard to remember that it was hand painted with the help of a microscope. The eyes are painted with such depth and dimension that they almost look as though they are following you. It is like nature come to life on the wrist.
Each watch is being made in a limited edition, individually numbered, of 28 pieces. The black dial version with black-and-white tiger is crafted in 18-karat white gold, while the traditional tiger in orange and black stripes with green eyes is in a 43mm 18-karat 5N rose gold case. The Jaquet Droz 2653.P self-winding movement with silicon balance spring and double barrel powers the watch. It features a gold oscillating weight and offers 68 hours of power reserve. The complex movement with meticulously hand-finished components is visible via a transparent sapphire case back.
Jaquet Droz is a master at creating hand-painted watches that mesmerize and delight. This Petite Heure Minutes Tiger watch is no exception. Just watch out because once you look at it, it will be very difficult to look away. It’s a good thing that the watch is so reasonably priced for the incredible hand craftsmanship inside and out: $32,000.