Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights Ref. J005003219: Review And Singapore PricesWritten by Melissa Kong
The revered watchmaker takes brilliance to another level with lacquer work inspired by a technique from the Goryeo dynasty.
There’s pretty and then there’s pretty darn gorgeous. If you can’t already tell, this Jaquet Droz ticker is the latter. A love for nature and artisanal craftsmanship (who can forget their bird minute repeaters?) sets Jaquet Droz apart and their masterful techniques and artistry continue to this day.
Turning to the ancient 'Najeon Chilgi' method popularised from the 10th to 14th centuries, the artisans created a flowery landscape in mother-of-pearl, which is first lacquered, then polished meticulously. Fine hand-painting completes the work and injects a level of shine dazzling enough to befit its moniker.
The watch is part of a collection of five, each with slight variations and limited to 28 pieces of each design. The ref. J005003219 features an 18K red gold dial with black lacquer and hand-painted, hand-engraved mother-of-pearl, and an onyx sub-dial, all housed within a 35mm 18K red gold case. Driven by the Jaquet Droz 2653.P, the self-winding mechanical movement comes with a power reserve of 68 hours.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".