Behind the Scenes with Jaquet Droz

27th February 2019 // By Kristen Shirley

After designing the motif, the artisan peers through a microscope and uses an ultra-fine brush to carefully position each paillon on the dial. Once the decoration is complete, the paillons are covered in a translucent enamel fondant to fix them in place and the dial is fired in the oven one final time. The clear surface is then polished, and the dial is ready to be assembled.

Jaquet Droz employs this technique in several models, ranging from a very traditional pocket watch that looks as if it could have been plucked from a museum to an advanced flying tourbillon with a seven-day power reserve, where the decorations highlight the contrast between classic horology and modern technology. As each dial is created in house, Jaquet Droz’s artisans can design custom motifs for special-order timepieces.

Pocket Watch Paillonnée, $47,300, Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée, $119,200, King Jewelers in Aventura, Florida, +1 305 935 4900,