Jaquet Droz releases another interpretation of its automaton, “Loving Butterfly,” this time it’s Chinchilla Red watch.
A dial is made from a rare form of prehistoric petrified wood formed 150 million years ago when fir trees were swept away by volcanic lava called Chinchilla Red (it is named after the place in Australia where it is found). The trees were literally turned to stone and all the material replaced with minerals. An extremely rare and dense mineral, it takes countless hours of manual work to smooth the surface of this petrified wood. Specimens of this petrified wood, like the ones used on the dial of Loving Butterfly, still preserve the outline of tree rings and reveals reds, browns and amber.
Like previous versions, the Loving Butterfly is housed in a 43mm 18k The latest interpretation of the Loving Butterfly, like the previous versions, is housed in a 43mm 18k red gold case and the trigger mechanism for the automaton is discreetly located in the crown. The timepiece is powered by the self-winding JD2653 AT1 caliber with a silicon balance spring and pallets and an automaton mechanism. It offers a 68-hour power reserve for the time mechanism, while the automaton is driven by its own power source. Only 28 examples of the Jacquet Droz Loving Butterfly with Chinchilla Red dial will be available for sale across the world; there is no word on the pricing as of yet.