This Striking Watch from Jaquet Droz Is More Than a Pretty Face

Thanks to its remarkable detail and color intensity, the face of the new Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights watch (888.866.0059, jaquet-droz.com) seems to leap across the room. The secret to this visual splendor: mother-of-pearl. The lustrous substance lies underneath the black-lacquer dial and is revealed by subtle recesses—the results of intaglio engraving—that also accommodate layers of translucent-colored paint creating the floral design. The brand’s métiers d’art department, which has grown gradually over the past few years, drew inspiration from mother-of-pearl and lacquer jewelry boxes crafted a millennium ago in Korea. Five variations have been created for the Thousand Year Lights (priced from $39,900 to $51,500), and each variation is limited to 28 pieces.  

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