Jaquet Droz honors the twelfth and last animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle with four exquisite examples of craftsmanship.
Jaquet Droz presents its annual limited series celebrating the Chinese New Year. This keenly anticipated collection spotlights in turn each animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 2018 was the year of the Dog, and now the Pig is the final animal in the cycle. An iconic animal in Chinese culture, the Pig marks the end of a cycle imbued with its core character traits. These traits extend to people born during this twelfth year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
Those born in the year of the Pig are said to be loyal, cautious and attentive. The Pig is empathic, selflessly devoted to the causes of others, endlessly trusting and exceptionally honest. Integrity is another quality associated with the Pig. Calm at all times, even in the most stressful situations, those born in the year of the Pig have a sense for entrepreneurship and responsibility – qualities that insure they always complete their duties and tasks. They are aided in this by good health that allows them to enjoy happy moments to the fullest.
為向此極富象徵意涵的動物致意，雅克德羅（Jaquet Droz）首先創作了兩款紅金時分小針盤腕錶（Petite Heure Minute），每款各限量發行28枚。第一款為女裝腕錶，配備35毫米直徑鑲鑽錶殼；第二款為中性款式，配備39毫米直徑無鑲鑽錶殼。兩款腕錶均運用微繪工藝，呈現一頭小豬在麥田間悠然踱步的景象。雅克德羅（Jaquet Droz）以其經典的自然主義手法，通過成熟的麥子寓意豐足與繁榮，麥田中閒適自在的小豬則象徵和平與智慧。錶背的金質雕刻擺陀上亦描繪相似的景象。
To honor this highly symbolic animal, Jaquet Droz begins with a pair of Petite Heure Minute models in red gold, issued in a limited series of 28 pieces each (numerus clausus). The ladies’ version features a 35 mm case set with diamonds, while the unisex version has a 39 mm case and no diamond setting. On both of these watches, the Art of Miniature Painting was chosen to depict a young Pig in a field of wheat. Applying the brand’s signature naturalist technique, Jaquet Droz evokes the abundance and prosperity of a ripe wheat crop, and the calm and good sense of the Pig who stands before it, visibly disinterested. On the back of the piece, the gold oscillating mass is engraved with a similar scene.
第二個限量系列由兩款全新金雕野豬時分小針盤腕錶（Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig）組成，主要運用雕刻工藝。錶盤上呈現一頭野豬在八棵橡樹前佇立的畫面。數字「8」在中國文化中具有深厚的象徵意涵，代表著富足與幸運；「8」對雅克德羅（Jaquet Droz）而言亦意義非凡，品牌圍繞其變化無窮的美學形態，創作出經典大秒針（Grande Seconde）錶款。橡樹象徵著强盛、長壽、堅毅品性及剛强的體格。
Engraving is the dominant art in the second new pair of limited-series pieces: the Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig. Here, a wild pig is depicted in front of eight oak trees. The number eight has a special significance for Chinese culture, which sees it as a lucky number, and for Jaquet Droz, whose flagship model, the Grande Seconde, is based on the aesthetic of its infinite loops. The mighty oak tree is a symbol of power, longevity, and moral and physical strength.
Both of these limited-series models display an onyx hours and minutes disk that gleams in sheer bottomless black. In the first creation – a numerus clausus of 28 pieces – the brand has chosen to contrast the black onyx with a 43 mm red gold case featuring a red gold engraving. In the second limited series of eight pieces, a white gold case and engraving accentuate the black onyx of the disk. The case and lugs are set with diamonds. In both models, the boar is depicted in a relief engraving on the oscillating mass, with an onyx applique providing the backdrop. The brand proposes a selection of charming and heartfelt tributes to this very special year, illustrated by the wealth of Jaquet Droz craftsmanship.