Jacquet Droz has unveiled two limited-edition watches in collaboration with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, whilst enlisting the contribution of watercolorist Stéphanie Barba whose drawings were painted by hand on the enamel dials, and engraved on the oscillating weights.
But wait, let us tell you what the context is.
Switzerland is currently marking the 150th anniversary of the first trade and friendship agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the Taikun (the 14th shogun of Japan), which saw the start of commercial relations between the two countries.
As part of the celebration, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne company has worked with the Tokyo Ballet on a new performance of Maurice Béjart’s 1964 ballet set to Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
To partake in the occasion, the Swiss watchmaker have produce two new versions of the Petite Heure Minute watch, 28 pieces each sold at select retailers including The SWATCH GROUP's Tourbillon boutiques.
There will be a 39mm diameter white gold and diamond model (with a blue alligator strap) and a 43mm red gold option (with a brown alligator strap). They cost $41,500 and $34,300 respectively.