The Loving Butterfly Timepiece by Jaquet Droz

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watchmakers Jaquet Droz have created a striking new limited edition timepiece that tells a story of love and trust through the mechanical metaphor of a butterfly.

Available in a 43mm case in 18-karat rose or white gold, the Loving Butterfly’s most striking feature is a 90-second on-demand animation portraying a delicate butterfly pulling Cupid along on a chariot.

It is animated with just one press on the crown integrated pusher and has a 90 second power reserve, during which time the wings are flapping 2.5 times per seconds while the wheel of the chariot rotates. The exclusive automaton mechanism is said to have taken three years to develop.

The Loving Butterfly is powered by the self-winding JD2653 AT1 caliber with silicon balance spring and pallets. This twin barrel movement offers a 68 hours power reserve for the time mechanism. All 40 parts of the automaton’s refined design were hand-engraved in-house.

Other notable features include a black rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap with double folding buckle in matching gold

The Loving Butterfly is available in a limited edition of just 28 pieces, each priced at $126,000.

Founded by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1738, Jaquet Droz is one of the world’s oldest watch brands.

By Paul Joseph