Taking one of Jaquet Droz best-known models as a starting point - whose off-centered hours-and-minutes dial opens the way for all manner of daring creative ingenuity - the artisans of the Ateliers d'Arts have drawn on motifs from traditional Asian iconography to create a serene landscape. The carp is revered in Asia as an allegorical symbol to represent love, perseverance, longevity and virility. Small groups of this highly-prized fish are often used to embellish ornamental ponds.

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Petite Heure Minute Carp, ref. J005023279, red gold. © Jaquet Droz

Such a scene has been reproduced at a scale of 41 mm, with the dial set over a tranquil pond of crystalline waters created through layering of translucent blue enamel. Two lily pads float on the surface, crowned by a blooming lotus applied in relief, and hand-engraved gold reed stems rise from the waters. Under the enamel, three koi carps glide along in a spontaneous underwater ballet, standing out against the background of wave-ridged gold. The enamel lightens across the upper half of the watch face in gradually shaded colors underscored by an engraving of sky and birds.

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Petite Heure Minute Carps, ref. J005024279, white gold. © Jaquet Droz

The watch is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2653. Here for the first time, Jaquet Droz presents an enameled balance weight decorated with a carp hand-engraved in bas-relief.

The balance weight echoes the color of its case, with a choice of two versions, limited to 28 exclusive pieces each. In the white gold case model, bezel and horns are set with brilliant cut diamonds and the white mother-of-pearl hours-and-minutes sub-dial is encircled in white gold. The red gold case model features a black onyx hours-and-minutes sub-dial with a red gold outlining ring.
The watch is elegantly worn on rolled-edge hand-made gray or black alligator leather strap.

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On the white gold model, the 18-carat white gold oscillating weight features white mother-of-pearl and 22-carat white gold applique with champlevé enamel and carp in bas-relief under enamel. © Jaquet Droz