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Magic Lotus Automaton

Technical data

Magic Lotus Automaton, J032633270

Magic Lotus Automaton

J032633270


Numerus Clausus of 28

Case

18-karat red gold case Diameter 43 mm Height 16.96 mm Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back

Diameter

43 mm

Dial

Hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial Black onyx subdial, 18-karat red gold applied ring Hand-engraved and hand-painted applied decoration in white mother-of-pearl and 18-karat red and yellow gold, lotus leaves in 18-karat red gold engraved and enamelled by hand Winter lotus set with 7 diamonds (0.005 carat), spring lotus set with a yellow sapphire (0.03 carat), autumn lotus set with a red briolette ruby (0.30 carat), a blue briolette sapphire (0.30 carat) and a yellow briolette sapphire (0.30 carat)

Indications

Off-centered hours and minutes

Hands

18-karat red gold Power reserve with dragonfly in hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat red gold

Strap

Rolled-edge hand-made dark green alligator

Buckle

18-karat red gold folding clasp

Total carat weight / diamonds / colored gemstones

Brilliant-cut diamonds: IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G Total number of diamonds: 7 diamonds Number of coloured stones: 1 red ruby, 2 yellow sapphires, 1 blue sapphire Total carat weight: 0.005 carat (diamonds) and 0.93 carat (coloured stones)

Movement

Jaquet Droz 2653 AT2, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, hand-engraved flat bridges, hand-engraved 18-karat red gold oscillating weight Hand-wound mechanical automaton movement with push-button triggering mechanism animating pond, carp and lotus flower, double barrel

Power reserve

68 hours

Frequency

28,800 v.p.h.

Jewelling

56 jewels

Magic Lotus Automaton, J032634270

Magic Lotus Automaton

J032634270


Numerus Clausus of 28

Case

18-karat white gold case Diameter 43 mm Height 16.96 mm Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back

Diameter

43 mm

Dial

Hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial Black onyx subdial, 18-karat white gold applied ring Hand-engraved and hand-painted applied decoration in white mother-of-pearl and 18-karat white and yellow gold, lotus leaves in 18-karat white gold engraved and enamelled by hand Winter lotus set with 7 diamonds (0.005 carat), spring lotus set with a yellow sapphire (0.03 carat), autumn lotus set with a red briolette ruby (0.30 carat), a blue briolette sapphire (0.30 carat) and a yellow briolette sapphire (0.30 carat)

Indications

Off-centered hours and minutes

Hands

18-karat white gold Power reserve with dragonfly in hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat white gold

Strap

Rolled-edge hand-made dark green alligator

Buckle

18-karat white gold folding clasp

Total carat weight / diamonds / colored gemstones

Brilliant-cut diamonds: IF to VVSI, Full Cut, D to G Total number of diamonds: 7 diamonds Number of coloured stones: 1 red ruby, 2 yellow sapphires, 1 blue sapphire Total carat weight: 0.005 carat (diamonds) and 0.93 carat (coloured stones)

Movement

Jaquet Droz 2653 AT2, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, hand-engraved flat bridges, hand-engraved 18-karat white gold oscillating weight Hand-wound mechanical automaton movement with push-button triggering mechanism animating pond, carp and lotus flower, double barrel

Power reserve

68 hours

Frequency

28,800 v.p.h.

Jewelling

56 jewels

Video

Magic Lotus Automaton
Magic Lotus Automaton

Inspiration

In this luxurious showcase, an ode to life and perpetual new beginnings, the new Magic Lotus Automaton invites meditation and contemplation in an animated Zen garden. The eternal cycle of life is a millennia-old concept that is part of the traditions of Asia, Ancient Greece and all major monotheistic faiths. Rebirth and reincarnation are experienced in the everyday, in the continuous movement through the seasons that is made possible by the movements of the Earth, moon and sun. Jaquet Droz has chosen to represent this perpetual movement with a Lotus in its new automaton, one which changes with the seasons. A new development that was designed and assembled at Jaquet Droz, this automaton features an exceptionally long animation that runs for more than four minutes. In this time, a naturalist fresco unfolds with grace and beauty.

Magic Lotus Automaton

Ateliers d’Art

Fauna and flora come to life in breathtaking detail in this luxurious showcase of artisanal techniques. Four flowers represent the four seasons or, for some, the stages of a life. A mother-of-pearl button at 3 o’clock symbolizes the unopened Lotus bud. In relief upon a corolla of gold petals, it evokes the first season: spring. To its left, a Lotus flower in full bloom symbolizes summer. This simple miniature incorporates a number of Jaquet Droz decorative techniques. The petals are carved from mother-of-pearl, and finished with a thin coat of translucent paint that accentuates the relief. At its heart, a yellow sapphire with gold prongs represents the pistil and stamens, poised to fly away and give life in turn to new Lotus flowers. By its side, a Lotus flower fallen onto the water represents the third season, fall, carried away by the current. Finally, winter is marked at 6 o'clock by the seed pod of the aquatic plant. In this season, the pod sinks to the bottom of the water to be naturally buried, thus protecting the precious seeds that will foster new Lotus flowers the following spring. Jaquet Droz sets the pod with seven diamonds that represent the seeds – visible symbols of the life glittering within.


Magic Lotus Automaton

Automaton

The dial of the Magic Lotus Automaton comprises three sections. The first is immobile: the onyx watch dial with gold hour and minute hands. It is surrounded by a crescent-shaped fixed disk that attaches the Lotus life cycle to the piece, with reed stems and three suspended Lotus leaves. This composition is suspended above the third peripheral disk, which fully rotates. Two utterly exceptional animations breathe life into the timepiece through a scene filled with poetry. The first is a Koi, a fish famed for its longevity and a symbol of courage and perseverance. In an animation of extreme miniaturization by Jaquet Droz, it moves in the water in two different ways. The Koi flaps its tails, creating the illusion that it is swimming through the water. It also moves vertically up and down, enabling it to move in the flowing river and dive beneath the Lotus leaves. Hand carved in gold by the brand’s Master Craftsmen, the Koi is complemented by the floating Lotus animation opposite. Mother-of-pearl petals surround an unprecedented movement at the heart of the Lotus: each time it passes beneath the dial or leaves, it acquires a new stone – alternately blue sapphire, yellow sapphire and ruby. The same stone never appears in the same place from one rotation to the next. The color of the Lotus heart changes, invisibly, four times for every rotation around the river, and the same stone is never seen twice in a row.


Magic Lotus Automaton

Movement

The Magic Lotus Automaton measures 43 mm in diameter and is available in a choice of red gold or white gold (limited series of 28 pieces of each). Turning over the timepiece, the bridges and oscillating weight are hand-engraved with exclusive naturalist motifs, with carp and Lotus flowers echoing the carvings on the dial side. The non-engraved elements on the movement are also decorated and chamfered by hand. This new automaton is the subject of four patents pending. It features the most sophisticated dial ever produced by Jaquet Droz. The movement contains more than 600 components. The development phase alone took over three years. As a result, the Magic Lotus Automaton can present on demand an animation lasting more than four minutes, with eight full rotations of 30 seconds each. A power reserve between 8 and 9 o’clock depicts the progress of this lengthy animation, as symbolized by a hand-painted and hand-carved dragonfly in red gold. It moves downward with the power reserve of the animation, which can be fully wound by the crown. When the power reserve is empty, the dragonfly rests on a Lotus leaf, ready to soar once again over this exquisitely luxurious Zen river in a perpetual cycle of new beginnings that symbolizes a new chapter in the history of Jaquet Droz.


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