As part of the prestigious collection of Jaquet Droz automaton watches – the Bird Repeater, Charming Bird, Lady 8 Flower – the Loving Butterfly Automaton is a rare feat of technical and aesthetic prowess. The famous dial of the Petite Heure Minute has here been adapted as a naturalistic theater stage.
The new automaton revealed by Jaquet Droz is truly a piece of art come to life, presenting an allegory of love and nature
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The exclusive automaton mechanism, for which two patents are also pending, took three years to develop. The power reserve, maintained with three barrels manually wound using the crown, allows the butterfly to delicately flutter its wings 300 times over a period of approximately two minutes. Positioned side-on, the realistic effect of the scene is even more captivating.
The hour/minute movement is equipped with an oscillating mass in 22-carat gold, featuring the pattern of the chariot’s wheel, a symbol of life. All of the codes of luxury watch making are present in the two models, both 43 mm in diameter, suffused with the light of gold and placed on a rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap. A delight to the eye and reserved for true connoisseurs, each version has a limited edition of only 28 pieces and is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the craftsmen of Jaquet Droz. Connoisseurs will succumb to the fluttering wings of the Loving Butterfly Automaton, entirely dedicated to precious time that makes us dream.