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Pierre-Jaquet Droz is said to be the first European watchmaker to walk through the gates of the Forbidden City in China.

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In 18th-century Beijing, the emperor himself and the Mandarins at the Imperial Court collected masterpieces by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Qianlong, the fifth emperor of the Qing Dinasty, was fully engrossed by his interest in European mechanical clocks and automata.

As a link to the past, these three exclusive models have been created using complex techniques: engraving, painting and Grand Feu enamel. Two Arab thoroughbreds – considered the most beautiful horses in the world – have been delicately painted on the ivory enamel dial of the Petite Heure Minute 39 mm. Captured in full gallop, they seem to want to catch up with the mustang that appears on the dial of the Petite Heure Minute 43 mm.

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Wild and difficult to tame, this horse from the American Northwest – depicted in red gold and engraved in bas-relief –was achieved using the champlevé technique, used here for the first time by Jaquet Droz. The movement of the mane and the tail are both filled in with black Grand Feu enamel. On each of these models, a horse's head is also represented on the back of the white gold oscillating weight.

The dial of the Petite Heure Minute 41 mm has been chosen as the showcase to depict a horse rearing up on its hind legs against a backdrop of the Great Wall of China, engraved and patinated by hand on a mother-of-pearl dial. The horse is in 18-carat red gold appears and is also hand engraved on the 22-carat red gold oscillating weight next to the Jaquet Droz signature of two stars.

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Jaquet Droz is offering each of these new models in a limited edition of 88 pieces with a red gold case and also available on a brown or black alligator leather strap.

Visit the Jaquet Droz website