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Jacques Droz Jaquet Droz: Amazing Time And Warm Years

The bells of Christmas are ringing quietly in the snowy night. Santa Claus rides in a sleigh pulled by 9 elks as expected, and gifts full of affection and desire come one after another. On this cold winter day, the warmth at this moment is the only moving melody. Just like in the movie Love Actually, 10 love stories are used to converge on romantic and happy Christmas Eve, so that everyone who has watched this movie will feel warm and pray for time to stop and turn this happiness into a trickle.

In this Christmas season that conveys affection, let time record the beauty that never fades. Jaquet Droz selected the gift of time that has been stunning for hundreds of years, and lit the cold white winter with the gorgeous light on his wrist In the dark night, every moment of blooming is a precious warm time.

Feel the light and stunning in the winter-Jacques Dro’s charming bird of time and grace 8-Flower Rhyme
White is the color of winter. This snowy cold winter is different because of the warm blessings and good wishes of each other. The warmth is love and happiness. Jacques Dro selected a stunning white pair of watches, so that warm time will always be on your wrist.
Back in the 18th century, when the encyclopedia was brilliant and the power of science recognized, Pierre Jacques Dro was committed to the real challenge of his watchmaking career: copying the dynamics. The resulting automatic dolls-writers, musicians, and painters-astounded the royal family at that time, so these three unparalleled automatic dolls were amazing for hundreds of years.
Today, Jacques Droie continues to write the legend of the automatic doll design, and has introduced two charming works of time bird and elegant 8-flower rhyme, which are warm white Christmas years. The mother-of-pearl dial is like a quiet and peaceful snowy day. Under the traditional Swiss pastoral scenery, the pure and warm Christmas warm song has been played on the charming bird of time, as if the warmth of the time is being played, and the elegant 8-flower On the dial of the rhyme, the soft luster of mother-of-pearl and the bright ice stars of the diamonds complement each other. At the same time, the pure white lotus in the upper dial staged the wonderful scenery of flowering and closing, and prayed with a beautiful grand performance Happy and happy life in the coming year.

Charming Bird of Time
White mother-of-pearl engraved and painted dial. Onyx dial.
18K white gold case and three-dimensional bezel.
Manually wound chronograph bird automatic doll movement, button trigger mechanism. Sapphire crystal whistle system.
Automatic mechanical movement with hour and minute display.
Power reserve is about 38 hours.
47 mm in diameter.
Limited edition of 8 pieces.

Elegance 8-Flower Rhyme
White mother-of-pearl dial.
The 18K white gold case is set with 114 diamonds, and the 18K white gold case is set with 88 diamonds, totaling 1.57 carats.
‘Flower bloom’ automatic doll movement. The button touches the device. 18K white gold petals. Water drop shaped pink sapphire.
Automatic mechanical movement with hour and minute display.
Power reserve is about 38 hours.
35 mm diameter.
Limited edition of 8 pieces.
Warm red flames-Jacques de Lode gold leaf carved pocket watch
At the beginning of the lantern, the flame-like red is the representative of warm Christmas. Jacques de Rodriguez’s 2016 new gold foil carved pocket watch brings time-honored Christmas craftsmanship to bring warm Christmas blessings. The gold foil carved decoration craftsmanship that is ingenious in the Enlightenment era, Jacques Master Luo craftsman blends ancient and modern techniques on the same timepiece, and uses gold foil carving technology combined with the unique big fire enamel dyeing process to inject new emotional content into the timepiece.

The iconic large second hand pocket watch is meticulously decorated with gold foil engraving. The rigorous and meticulous geometric pattern shines brightly with the brilliant red gold and gorgeous enamel. At the same time, it is like a gorgeous red firework. On this Christmas night, I will give you Bring the warmest and most romantic touch in your heart.
Gold leaf carved pocket watch
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
Warm golden sound of jade—Jacques Droh ivory enamel with large seconds
The jacques de ivory enamel has a large second hand that reflects the joyful atmosphere of Christmas in warm gold. After the ivory enamel dial carefully burned by the masters of the jacques de rosé art workshop, it complements the red gold case. Created a unique and warm golden color to celebrate the beauty of Christmas, not hustle and glare, but warm and deep-hearted. At the same time, in 2016, Jacques Dro first applied the two-time concept to one of his iconic models: the large second hand series.

The large second hand series is a classic of Jacques Dro, inspired by the brand’s founder Pierre Jacques Dro, a eccentric hour and minute dial pocket watch with a large second dial, created in 1785 by La Chau de Fang. Opened up a whole new way of interpreting time. The rotation of the second hand is eye-catching, allowing the wearer to better understand the passage of time, which has become the golden rule of the watchmaking industry for hundreds of years. The large seconds hand model fulfills a timeless promise with its elegance. In the history of horology, no bold horological design can show such noble temperament. All the large seconds series models have proved this point continuously for more than 200 years. On the same dial, the hour and minute display inner disk eccentrically set at 12 o’clock, hugs the inner dial of the second hand set at 6 o’clock, forming the shape of the number 8, implying the infinite possibilities of time. This jacques de ivory enamel two-hour large seconds hand is for those who know how to taste warm time no matter where they are.
Large seconds with ivory enamel
Double ivory Grand Feu enamel dial.
18K red gold case.
At 6 o’clock, there is a large second hand, reference time and analog date display.
Mechanical self-winding movement.
Power reserve is about 65 hours.
43 mm in diameter.
Emerald green that gives birth to life and hope-Jacques de Jade 35mm hour and minute dial
The Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas in some Western countries. Green plants wither or die in winter. The only evergreen that keeps alive is the Christmas tree, which represents eternal life and the desire for spring. Jacques de Lo presents this warm Christmas with a green ore aesthetic that contains the warm texture of life.
A dazzling treasure lay on the boundless and stagnant earth. All kinds of rocks, spar and minerals remind us at all times that nature is really a talented artist. These treasures deep in the earth always bring us unique and refreshing feelings. Capturing the natural light of beautiful stones to decorate the watch dial, this is the mineral aesthetics of Jacques Dro. Jacques de Lode’s mineral-made timepieces strike a stunning aesthetic realm with unpredictable light, color and depth.

On the dial of the Jacques de Jade 35mm hour minute dial, the emerald rough is suspended in the white color of the emerald stone. The white color is too obvious, and it will look more emerald. Then it will be matched with an 18K red gold case, gold ring and hands. It seems that the emerald is set on gold, just in line with the beauty talk of ‘gold inlaid with jade’. The warmth and flexibility of red gold and the transparency of emerald are collided to serve the time, and the warm and still life is beautiful. It quietly warms time Refreshing.
Emerald 35mm hour and minute dial
Automatic mechanical movement
Emerald Dial
White mother-of-pearl pin plate
18K Red Gold Case
Case set with 232 diamonds (approximately 1.22 carats)
18K red gold hands
18K Red Gold Pin Buckle
Green silk strap
68 hours power reserve
35mm diameter

The Cyclops’ Lets You See The Broader Rolex World

Some people love it, some people hate it. Regardless of the point of view, one cannot deny that Cyclops (small lenticular lenses) are a hallmark of Rolex. The birth of the Cyclops convex lens was originally for practical purposes. This innovative invention was designed to enlarge the calendar window and highlight the time display (1945, the Rolex Date Series with date display window). Cyclops convex lenses are named after the Sicilian giant Cyclops in Greek mythology, which was patented by Rolex in the early 1950s and introduced in 1953 with a log watch.

 What led to the invention of the Cyclops convex lens? According to some sources, Hans Wilsdorf invented the Cyclops to help his wife read the date on the watch (note: refers to the second wife Betty Wilsdorf-Mettler, because May Wilsdorf-Crotti’s first wife died in 1944), although this statement has not been confirmed by Rolex.

A 1945 Rolex Date Watch (In 1953, the Date Series was the first to use Cyclops convex lenses, but as shown in the figure, the earliest date watches were not equipped with this function)
 In a February 1953 letter, Wilsdorf wrote: ‘I am convinced that the new Tropical case and mirrors, as well as the optical amplification components, will bring us something completely new.’ Based on this idea, for Protecting innovation, Rolex issued a ‘warning statement’ in 1955: ‘To all watchmakers, we remind you that watch mirrors with special shaped magnifying glasses have patent rights in Switzerland or abroad. Regarding any We will all start legal proceedings without hesitation. ‘

A 1955 Rolex Greenwich watch

A 1956 week calendar watch
 Cyclops convex lenses were soon extended to all Oyster watches with date display functions, which were also equipped in the Greenwich and Sunday calendar series introduced in 1955 and 1956, respectively. The only exception is the deep-dive series, which is not equipped with Cyclops convex lenses due to technical reasons in terms of mirror shape and thickness.

 Cyclops convex lenses and mirrors were originally molded from Plexiglas. In the 1970s, watchmakers began replacing Plexiglas with better scratch-resistant sapphire crystals. In the early 1970s, sapphire crystals were first used on Ref. 5100 oyster quartz watches, and then expanded to the entire product range. Therefore, the Cyclops convex lens also evolved into a single sapphire crystal lens, which was produced separately and adhered to the mirror surface. After 2005, Rolex also applied a double-sided anti-glare coating.

Cyclops convex lens on date window of Rolex Date 41 mm
 Cyclops convex lenses have a considerable magnification effect, which is more practical for those who are older. Cyclops convex lenses have attracted countless fans of Rolex, but this does not mean that there is no reverse sound. Critics have complained that the bubbles will split the flat mirror surface, destroying the overall coordination of the watch design, and the slightly convex lenses are more vulnerable to scratching.

 So support or oppose? This topic has been under intense debate. For example, the advent of Cyclops convex lenses for the first time in 2017, which caused great controversy among Rolex fans, and even became one of the most controversial topics at the Basel Watch & Jewellery Show. For 50 years, the clean mirror has been a distinctive feature of the sea-dweller series. Rolex’s explanation for this is that in the past due to technical reasons (to cope with extreme water depth and high pressure, the mirror surface was highly curved), the Sea-Dweller series has not been equipped with Cyclops convex lenses, but now the problem has been solved. ‘If you can, why not? After all, Cyclops convex lenses are an iconic element of all Rolex watches with date display windows.’

Rolex Sea-Dweller 43 mm 126600 watch, a watch that has caused controversy. This is the first watch with Cyclops convex lenses since the Sea-Dweller Series was introduced in 1967.
 At present, the only watch with a date display but without Cyclops convex lens is the deep dive type. In order to achieve a water resistance of up to 3,900 meters, the deep diving watch uses an ultra-thick sapphire crystal, so it is no longer possible to install a convex lens. We can only wait for Rolex to find a new solution.

The Rolex Deep-Dive 126660 is the only watch with a date display but no Cyclops convex lens.
 When searching the Internet, I can even see some people trying to remove the Cyclops convex lens from Rolex watches (strongly not recommended), of course, some people have upgraded the watch with the help of Cyclops convex lenses. In addition to practicality, Cyclops convex lenses have become one of Rolex’s most iconic features. Even though some competitors have used or are using convex lenses, such as Seiko, TAG Heuer and Cartier (some brands even put it under the mirror), Cyclops convex lenses belong to Rolex only. It can be said that without Cyclops convex lens, the log type will not be today’s log type. (Photo / text watch home compiled by Xu Chaoyang)