Jacques De Tribute To The Gold Foil Carving Process

Jaquet Droz launched an extraordinary watch series, as a new symbol of the brand spirit, praising the unique craftsmanship of gold foil carving. This timepiece and artistic creation blends modern essence with historical legends.
    For Jacques Droe, modern style is as important as traditional craftsmanship. The Jacques de Ronaldo brand was born in the age of enlightenment, and inherits the glorious decoration craftsmanship along this glorious era. The brand’s work is highly acclaimed for its sophisticated mechanical construction and beautiful micro-painting, engraving and enamel dials, all of which are carefully decorated in the brand’s art workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
    Among these decoration crafts, the gold leaf carving craftsmanship takes its place. This gold and silver work is to manually place fine gold foil one by one to draw a regular geometric pattern on the surface of colored enamel, and then use a layer of translucent enamel, called a protective layer of enamel, to fix it. Only by mastering the extreme temperature of the oven can you make enamel with unique texture and uniform color. Pierre Jacques Drouse these techniques for his own use. Thanks to his and other watchmaking masters, the gold leaf carving craft reached a new height in the 18th century. Based on the gold foil of this era, the master craftsman of Jacques Dro began to revive the craft. Today, they have been able to make gold foil by themselves, blend ancient and modern techniques on the same timepiece, and use the gold foil carving process combined with the unique big fire enamel dyeing process to inject new emotional connotations into the timepiece.

    The brand launches rare new models every year to celebrate this time-honored beauty. In 2016, the brand launched a new limited timepiece that once again broke the creative and aesthetic limits. Jacques de Ronaldo’s iconic watch series is carefully decorated with gold leaf engraving. The rigorous geometric patterns are matched with the brilliant red gold and gorgeous enamel.

    Grande Seconde uses purple and charcoal gray for the first time, and bright blue. The 39mm diameter Petite Heure Minute also uses these three shades, while the Pocket Watch series is decorated with blue and red to pay tribute to the legendary pocket watch. For the first time, the hour and minute dial has a more feminine and slim 35mm diameter, and with a dark blue dial, it is decorated with solar radiation like all models in this series. Finally, the tourbillon model of grace is equipped with a 7-day power reserve and is decorated with gold leaf carving for the first time. This watch is decorated with rich and exquisite details, which can be described as exquisitely crafted crystals. The blue steel hands, the screw heads on the bezel and the lapis lazuli all highlight the long-lasting decorative gemstone craftsmanship and sophisticated horological complications.
    These new timepieces are produced strictly in accordance with the rules established during the Renaissance, while at the same time being determined to innovate. This year, the way of stacking gold wires is reinterpreted in the delicate style unique to Jacques Dro: like pearls, gold beads are cut and shaped, and then placed manually at the intersection of two striped roads, so that the three-dimensional decorative pattern inlaid on the transparent enamel More beautiful.

    The production of these timepieces requires extremely rigorous and meticulous skills. Each timepiece is limited to release, condensing the century-old handicraftsmanship and extreme modern style, showing a rare and elegant style.

Gold leaf carved tourbillon large second hand
Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée
J013033242
Gold foil engraved blue grand fire enamel dial
18K Red Gold Case
Blue steel hands
Automatic mechanical movement
18K Red Gold Pin Buckle
Dark blue alligator strap
Power reserve about 7 days
43 mm diameter
Limited edition of 8 pieces

Gold leaf enamel hour and minute dial
PETITE HEURE MINUTE PAILLONNÉE
J005003240
Gold foil engraved blue grand fire enamel dial
18K Red Gold Case
Blue steel hands
Automatic mechanical movement
18K Red Gold Pin Buckle
Dark blue alligator strap
68 hours power reserve
35 mm diameter
Limited edition of 8 pieces

Gold leaf enamel hour and minute dial
PETITE HEURE MINUTE PAILLONNÉE
J005013246
Gold Foil Carved Grey Grand Eeu Dial
18K Red Gold Case
Automatic mechanical movement
68 hours power reserve
39 mm diameter
Limited edition of 8 pieces

Gold leaf carved large second hand
GRANDE SECONDE PAILLONNÉE
J003033416
Gold foil carved purple big fire enamel dial
18K Red Gold Case
Blue steel hands
Automatic mechanical movement
18K Red Gold Pin Buckle
Alligator leather strap
68 hours power reserve
43 mm diameter
Limited edition of 8 pieces

Gold leaf carved pocket watch
THE POCKET WATCH PAILLONNÉE
J080033046
Gold foil carved red large fire enamel dial
18K Red Gold Case
Blue steel hands
Automatic mechanical movement
18K Red Gold Bracelet
Power reserve of about 40 hours
50 mm diameter
Limited edition of 8 pieces