Monday, 12 December 2011

The time-giving frog

An objet d'art and the consummation of traditional watchmaking expertise, this clock has been created in the form of an articulated frog in 18K yellow gold on an obsidian and jade base. The rotating mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with white gold, diamond-set Roman numerals. A gold, diamond-paved fly indicated the time.

The frog, which is set with diamonds and has two emerald eyes, opens its mouth and croaks on the hour. Two different mechanisms, wound simultaneously, operate the functions: one the time, with a 190-hour power reserve; the other, with three barrels connected in series, the automata.

This exquisite masterpiece weighs 7.9 kilos, contains 2.207 kilos of 18K gold, 1.250 kilos of obsidian, 708 grams of jade, 556 diamonds (18.14 carats), two cabochon emeralds (14.14 carats) and 24 mother-of-pearl plates (360 grams).

The key for the clock's winding-mechanism is embellished with a cabochon sapphire (3.74 carats) and the key for the automata with a cabochon ruby (1.34 carats). The movement of this time-giving frog weighs 3.691 kilos.

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