After three years of work, Jaquet Droz and John Howe, legendary fantasy illustrator and conceptual artist on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, have developed an Art Watch dedicated to fantasy.
Jaquet Droz and John Howe share the ability to create extraordinary worlds and to give life to wonderful things and emotions. The artist designed the dragon, while the Swiss watchmaker wanted this magical beast to be alive. With a total of 9 animations, the Dragon Automation timepiece is probably one of the most complex modern automaton watches ever designed. The sequence that animates it is random. The sacred animal’s spine waves like its tail; its eye and jaw open and close; its tongue moves; its crest rises and falls; its claws grasp a continuously rotating stone.
In accordance with the new Jaquet Droz Vision 8.0, the manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds now only produce unique orders for clients who are themselves unique.
The 43 mm case is finished in the gold of the owner’s choice, and Jaquet Droz is already working on the opportunity of using other materials, such as sapphire. The case can either be engraved or left blank. The solid dial can be fully customized, engraved or replaced by a medallion in the stone of your choice. The scales of the Dragon, which is also made of gold and entirely engraved by hand, can be more or less accentuated.
Jaquet Droz is currently finalizing a brand new phygital solution, installed right in the heart of its head quarter. Open and connected, it will allow clients to see their own Dragon Automatons being created.
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