An angel passes, drawn along by a butterfly, and time seems to hold its breath in a moment of pure poetry. This motif, discovered in an old book devoted to Jaquet Droz, has been depicted just once before, in the Age of Enlightenment, by one of the automata created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. In 2013, it was given pride of place on "The Loving Butterfly" a watch paying tribute to putti - sculptures of children used to decorate some of Italian architecture's most beautiful buildings.
This year, the butterfly is back at Jaquet Droz, taking the form of two sets of Petite Heure Minute models comprising eight pieces each.
The first set comes in a 43 mm-diameter red gold case. On the lower part of the ivory Grand Feu enamelled dial, a spray of feijoa flowers features a butterfly placed at random and sculpted by hand in a red gold to contrast with its intensely blue champlevé wings
This poetically scene echoes the one portrayed in the second set that offers a white gold case of the same size but set with 264 diamonds extending right up to the lugs. Here, we have an invitation to journey through Asia, where a butterfly in white gold flutters between pale pink peonies, the flower symbolizing love. The relief of the butterflies, their champlevé enameled wings, the fine patina on their slender bodies, the striking colors of the floral decor - every minute detail contributes to the arresting beauty of the scene.
The watches house an automatic movement, offering a 68-hour power reserve and are fitted with a black alligator strap (for the red gold models), or blue (for the white gold models).