In terms of automaton’s Jaquet Droz has a popularity to uphold, as they’re the benchmark within the trade for this. Whereas the automatons created by the model’s founder the place already mesmerizing, incorporating such know-how in a wristwatch is equally difficult. For Jaquet Droz that is merely a problem that they tackle with experience and nice creativeness as they proof as soon as extra with the introduction of the Magic Lotus Automaton.
This watch pays tribute to one thing that was already a supply of inspiration to Jaquet Droz himself; nature. On this specific creation, you’re looking at a Koi pond from above. Within the pond, white lotus flowers develop, and Jaquet Droz reveals them in all their life levels, representing the 4 seasons. The lotus can also be a part of the animation of this automaton. The white lotus flower floating within the water has as its coronary heart as valuable stone, which because of an ingenious system modifications every time it goes beneath a leaf or the dial. For each full rotation it modifications the stone four-times, alternating between yellow sapphire, blue sapphire and ruby. Because of this, it by no means seems the identical from one rotation to the subsequent.
The white lotus flower shouldn’t be the one factor that strikes on this automaton. A hand carved Koi can also be current on the dial, and its movement is similar to the actual animal. Not solely does it strikes its tail, nevertheless it additionally has a vertical motion, making it appear that it comes as much as the floor earlier than diving down once more beneath the leaves or the dial. It’s complemented by a hand carved, and hand painted dragonfly which serves as the ability reserve indicator of the automaton, flying nearer to the water because it declines.
With a diameter of 43mm is the White Lotus Automaton very wearable, and a real piece of artwork. This isn’t solely as a result of it incorporates almost each craft that Jaquet Droz does in home, from engraving to enamel, but in addition due to its technical complexity. When absolutely wound, the automaton runs for greater than 4 minutes, during which it makes eight full rotations. As a result of the watch it fitted with two mainspring barrels, one is devoted to the automaton, whereas the opposite provides the motion itself with energy. It comes with a really beneficiant energy reserve of 68 hours, and time is informed by two elegant arms, in opposition to a backdrop of onyx. They type the ending touches of one thing that may solely be described as a real masterpiece, and certainly one of which Jaquet Droz himself would have been mesmerized by.