Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton, now with a Prehistoric Petrified “Chinchilla Red” Dial

Jaquet Droz discharges another interpretation of its automaton, “Loving Butterfly,” this time with a dial produced using an uncommon type of ancient petrified wood, a warm fall stage for the captivating exhibition that happens under the sapphire gem. Respecting Jaquet Droz ‘s enchanting automata of the previous, a system permits the wings of the butterfly to ripple and the wheels of the chariot to turn. Loving Butterfly was delivered in 2017 , a stunning automaton portraying a tubby angel on a chariot drawn through a captivated backwoods on the wings of a butterfly. Since 2017, the Loving Butterfly has appeared with opal, onyx, dark mother-of-pearl, aventurine and even meteorite dials (JD is prestigious for its utilization of irregular stones). This most recent cycle includes a mineral dial made of Chinchilla Red, a wood that was petrified 150 million years prior in the woodlands of Australia.


Jaquet Droz was brought into the world in 1721 on a ranch in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He built up an interesting ability for clockmaking and automata, those grand smaller than normal mechanical manifestations that entranced the courts of Europe and China. His first experience with eminence occurred in Spain where he gave King Ferdinand VI his clocks and an especially intriguing repeater clock that would strike without manual mediation. The Spanish court purchased all that he had and he returned to Switzerland in 1759 with enough cash to set up his own workshop and begin delivering the automata that procured him notoriety as far abroad as China.

A part of Swatch Group since 2000, Jaquet Droz has a watch assortment totally committed to automata close by refined assortments like the Grande Seconde dependent on a 1785 pocket watch. The Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art was opened in 2011, a specific workshop where the notable specialty of small scale painting, etching, cutting and a wide range of plating are polished by ace craftsmen.

Chinchilla Red

Chinchilla Red was framed 150 million years prior when fir trees were cleared away by volcanic magma. The trees were in a real sense went to stone and all the material supplanted with minerals. A very uncommon and thick mineral, it requires endless long periods of manual work to smooth the outside of this petrified wood. Chinchilla Red is uncommon to the point that a fast Google search guides you to the fluffy kind of pet chinchillas with red eyes. Examples of this petrified wood, similar to the ones utilized on the dial of Loving Butterfly, actually safeguard the blueprint of tree rings and uncovers reds, tans and amber.

Poetry in Motion

Like past renditions, the Loving Butterfly is housed in a 43mm 18k red gold case with a tallness of 16.63mm. The case is cleaned and the trigger component for the automaton is discreetly situated in the crown. The glow of red gold is featured with the warm shade of the petrified wood foundation. The great view on the dial is completely cut in red gold by Jaquet Droz’s lord specialists. You can see the angel on his chariot holding the reins of the butterfly as he rides through the gold woods. The motivation of this specific scene was taken from a 1774 sketch performed by The Draftsman , one of Jaquet Droz atelier’s most renowned humanoid automata. A metaphor for the works of adoration, the chariot represents triumph and the angel addresses Cupid.

See underneath the video we made of one of the past adaptations of the Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton:

The rich details of the hand-engraved landscape are amazing; the butterfly’s recieving wire, for instance, are simply 0.2mm thick, and everything is delightfully handmade in gold with various completions. You can perceive how the seraph’s chariot and the round markings on the tip of the butterfly’s wings are cleaned while different parts are brushed or engraved with sections to imitate the bark of a tree trunk.

By enacting the pusher, the view unexpectedly comes alive: the butterfly folds its wings, for all intents and purposes brushing the sapphire gem and the wheels on the chariot turn. An inquisitive detail is that as the wheel turns, not all the spokes pivot reproducing an optical dream that Pierre Jaquet Droz (child) utilized almost 300 years prior. The selective automaton component, which required three years to create, permits the butterfly’s wing to shudder up to multiple times over a time of two minutes and the chariot’s wheel to turn. With all the liveliness on the dial, it’s not difficult to forget that Loving Butterfly is a watch – even the dark onyx topsy turvy hours and minutes dial (with hand-engraved 18k red gold appliques and hands) is slyly coordinated into the scenery.


Loving Butterly is powered by oneself winding JD2653 AT1 type with a silicon balance spring and pallets and an automaton system which required three years of advancement. This twin-barrel development offers a 68-hour power save for the time instrument. The automaton is driven by its own force source with the stream managed by a governor.

The twisting of the time instrument is performed by turning the crown clockwise, while the twisting of the automaton component is performed counterclockwise. The type JD2653 AT1, uncovered under a sapphire gem glass, is done with Cotes de Genève transmitting from the equilibrium wheel. The wavering rotor is amazing, particularly its spokes formed like the chariot wheel.

The Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton “Chinchilla Red” Dial is given a dark crocodile tie and a 18k red gold collapsing fasten. It is a restricted release of 28 watches and will be estimated at about CHF 130,000 (to be confirmed).

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