The latest addition to Jaquet Droz’s 300-year-old archive is the Loving Butterfly Automaton. As one of the only few watchmakers in the world that crafts automatons, this animated objet d’art is inspired by Le papillon conduit par l’amour (Butterfly Driven by Love), a drawing sketched in 1774 by The Draughtsman, an automaton created by Henri- Louis Jaquet-Droz.
One of the biggest highlights of this limited-edition watch (only 28 pieces are available worldwide) is the use of the Chinchilla Red wood on its dial. This piece of wood is petrified 140-180 million years ago, and got its name from the far-eastern locale in Australia where it was found. What makes this stunning watch even more precious is how exceedingly rare and dense the Chinchilla Red wood is — after all, it was formed from when dinosaurs started roaming the Earth and came about because the fir trees were covered in volcanic ash. Because of its density, making the surface of the wood smooth is done manually and takes up many precious hours. What this means is, no two dials are the same too.
This timepiece features the cherub and the butterfly prominently on its dial, both of which are symbolic representations of the notions of love, just like the name of the watch suggests. Set against 18-carat red gold, the wings of the butterfly flutter against the sapphire crystal and the wheels on the chariot also rotate, all of which highlight the watchmaker’s watchmaking mastery and artistry.
Jaquet Droz has also announced that part of the proceeds from the sales of the Loving Butterfly Automaton will go towards associations dedicated to reforestation and the preservation of endemic species such as “Plant a Tree for Me” or “One Tree Planted”.