The Loving Butterfly
The Loving Butterfly Automaton watch has arrived. Come and take a look for yourself - we would be delighted to show you this exquisite watch in person. As part of the prestigious collection of Jaquet Droz automaton watches – the Bird Repeater, Charming Bird, Lady 8 Flower – the Loving Butterfly Automaton is a rare feat of technical and aesthetic prowess.
The famous dial of the Petite Heure Minute has here been adapted as a naturalistic theater stage. One can imagine the curtain rising – the show begins at the heart of a delicate forest, a nod to the landscapes of the La Chaux-de-Fonds region. Enter the cherub and the butterfly, a cue from the Draughtsman’s sketch, the automaton that fascinated the whole of Europe in the 18th century. The same emotion is sparked today when, with just one push on the crown button, a world of poetry comes to life under the dial’s crystal. With grace and delicacy, the butterfly comes to life, pulling behind it a cherub in an animated chariot. The chariot’s wheel begins to turn in an exquisite optical illusion made possible by the combination of fixed and mobile spokes, a fabulous play of movements illustrating a technique well-known to automaton designers.