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Historic Swiss watch brand Jaquet Droz continues a world tour to celebrate its
275th anniversary, traveling with some of
the most ornate pieces created in its history:
timepieces encrusted with precious stones
and pearls and hand-painted enamel cases in
JAQUET DROZ GRANDE SECONDE
QUANTIÈME IVORY ENAMEL
Even considering that detailed enameling has
been a trademark of the historic Droz house, its
downright minimalist new ivory enamel timepiece
is a leap of artistic faith. That’s not to say it isn’t
complicated: The ivory ground is created with
grand feu enamel—layered and then fired at
temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius. Other
important updates include a silicon balance
spring to regulate the mechanism. Available in
red or white gold in two sizes, 39 or 43 mm.
US$19,400– 20,000; jaquet-droz.com
The house of the 239-year-old timepiece company Breguet understands the
demanding celebrity client. In 1810, Napoleon’s
younger sister, Caroline Murat, wife of the
King of Naples, requested that Abraham-Louis
Breguet create a watch with a bracelet made
of hair and thin threads of gold. Two years
ago, Breguet celebrated the 200th anniversary
of that creation with a soiree held at Murat’s
former summer home in Naples, during which
Breguet unveiled an elaborate, one-of-a-kind,
anniversary Reine de Naples watch.
BREGUET REINE DE NAPLES PRINCESSE
Inspired by the original, the Reine de Naples
collection has been characterized by its delicate,
egg-shaped case since it was introduced in 2002.
In its new Princesse model, the egg shape is
curved to fit the shape of the wrist for comfort
and modernity. The plain dial in engine-turned,
silvered and anthracite-colored 18k gold is
streamlined. A statement piece for today’s royalty.
In the course of his career, Louis Moinet created extraordinary and ornate watches
and clocks for Napoleon Bonaparte, U.S.
Presidents Thomas Je;erson and James
Monroe, as well as Marshal Joachim Murat,
King of Naples (Caroline’s husband and
LOUIS MOINET 20-SECOND TEMPOGRAPH
When Atelier Louis Moinet reprised the Louis
Moinet brand 10 years ago, it released watches
like the 10-Second Tempograph, where
the seconds were displayed in a 10 second
retrograde format. This year, that concept was
updated, giving the new watch an additional
10 seconds. Wearing it with its alligator strap
feels like wearing a living thing: Its “heart-piece”
can be seen—with a rate of eight vibrations
each second. Historic brand, modern movement.
Horologists with a penchant for elaborate
designs release some downright minimal pieces
for modern enthusiasts.