A special, intimate, exclusive evening with Jaquet-Droz. Another one of the Swatch Group’s sub-brands with a long history and tradition making some of the finest and most poetic timepieces available today.
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What you see here is a piece unique (one-of-a-kind) version of the Jaquet Droz The Bird Repeater watch. We felt that showing off this particular hand-engraved and diamond-studded version of the piece was a good way to offer a nice hands-on look at the first actual automaton watch from the brand with a very historical relationship to automatons…
Museum objects produced by Jaquet Droz and his contemporaries (seen here) in the 18th century often take the form of automaton birds geared to emulate in eerie detail actual birds complete with movement and sound. Bird songs were produced by moving a piston style tube in and out of a shaft rapidly.
The Grande Seconde dial made the modern Jaquet Droz watch brand famous. Taken from an interesting 18th century pocket watch with a lovely figure eight style dial, the Grande Seconde wrist watch dial was not only visually appealing, but also resonated well with the Chinese consumer who has a penchant for the number “8.”
I sat here pondering possible “bird” puns and idioms that might apply to an opening statement for discussing this extremely high-end and limited minute repeater automaton – and they all just felt really silly.
Jaquet Droz is about to officially announce their new automata-based minute repeater watch called The Bird Repeater. Yup, that’s right. Last March during Basel I got to view a computer rendering animation of the watch in action.
As I wear this watch a smile comes to my face. I smirk knowing that this watch is not something that would have been designed today. This sport version of the iconic Grande Seconde watch by Jaquet Droz is a curious item…
This isn’t the first tourbillon watch by Jaquet Droz, though it is the most elegant. A simple concept, this Grande Seconde Tourbillon takes the standard figure 8 dial design and inserts a classy looking tourbillon into the seconds dial. The resulting look is gorgeous and the tourbillon has a neat secret, but can you detect […]
Watch brands like to pump up their history a lot. This is especially true in Europe where with age comes legitimacy. It also helps when your history includes impressive things. A lot of today’s watch brands that bear vintage names don’t always have the most interesting histories. Much of them can be summed up as […]
Discussing Jaquet Droz watches in the US is almost futile. It isn’t that you can’t find this small Swatch Group brand in the US, but rather that it is extremely rare. I saw my first one in Europe personally. I’ve always liked this brand but haven’t known what to make of it. A lot of […]
This is a more “simple” Jaquet Droz watch with an annual calendar and a quirky moon phase indicator. Called the “Eclipse,” it comes in a 18k gold case and a nice black enamel dial. Nice? Sure. Super Jaquet Droz in character? Not really. Where is the “figure 8″ dial we like so much? Once the […]
This new watch collection from Jaquet Droz simply epitomizes simplistic operation. They are careful not to call it a world time because it only houses 12 time zones, though the buyer can specify what 12 sequential timezones they will be (and Jaquet Droz will presumably indicate appropriate reference cities for the time zone disc). Looking […]
After the recent design success that Jaquet Droz had with its (silly named) Grande Second Sport Utility Watch, the company began to realize an emerging market for the brand that included a younger constituency. The next step it seems is a more toned down, but equally energetic watch which is the Ceramic Power Reserve. The […]
Jaquet Droz is another luxury Swatch Group watch brand. I’ve always seems them a cousin of Breguet (in terms of style), which is also a Swatch Group brand. The majority of their watches are based on a “grand (grande) seconds” display with places emphasis on the seconds read out using an overlapping subsidiary dial which […]
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