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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute 35mm

by Michael Weare
25 January, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute

This article was written by Emily Longstaff who also writes for New York based art magazine www.artobserved.com

As the world progresses to be ever more conscious of its surroundings, Jaquet Droz has developed a timepiece that pays homage to the environment that has provided for us since the dawn of time.

The Petite Heure Minute 35 mm watch has a design that echoes the unison of day with night, perhaps symbolising our planets motion and, thus, the suggestion of its life force.

These days, you don’t have to be a hippie to be aware of the beauty that exists in the world we inhabit. Nor do you have to have recently indulged in an embrace with a tree to be able to appreciate the significance of the earth’s vital resources.

Jaquet Droz, whose classic signature comprises eight small stars artfully embedded into the face, knows more than anyone that, without such delicacies, humanity would fall short, not only of essentials, but like the item in question, the finer things in life.

Jaquet Droz Petit Heure Minute 35mm

The Petite Heure Minute is obviously a woman’s watch. The natural elements such as the dark blue, mother-of-pearl backdrop and the diamond encrusted bezel, adapt the feminine elements of the earth to create something elegant and dainty. They don’t call the planet mother earth for nothing!

In order to portray such a vision, the watches façade has been divided up by an off centre, silver circle and splaying bands of ‘light’ in similar silver strips. The pattern depicts the sun; the off centre positioning of the emblem denotes that the sun is elevated in the sky implying the essence of daytime. The high quality mother-of-pearl is delicately worked and cut into a single disc in an array of light-catching hues that vary with the movement of the wrist: royal blue, ultramarine, cobalt or indigo.

Paradoxically, the brand’s stars are situated between the face’s silver ‘rays’ making the suggestion of a clear nights sky. Despite the contradictory imagery however, the piece works. It functions perfectly, not only technically with its 2653 self-winding mechanical movement and power reserve of 68 hours, but through its aesthetic prominence. The 160 diamonds set into the bezel catch the light and shine just as the ‘stars’ in its centre should. The sun hints at the watches self sufficiency, almost providing its own light for the diamonds to catch much like how the ‘self-winding’ movement sustains itself.

The timepieces strengths are not just purely emblematic and allegorical however, but are also very much literal. The piece is constructed from stainless steel, making it resilient and suitable for daily wear.  The strength of the design makes the piece suitable for surviving night skies that are less than clear  and day times that are not all the sunny, despite the watches suggestion.

So if you’re looking something to carry you through from day to night and remind you to appreciate all this world has to offer, wear a Petite Heure Minute on wrist. It’s elegant, sophisticated and a much better way to quietly show your appreciation for the planet than getting yourself dirty hugging a tree!

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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