Both contemporary and poetic, The Charming Bird takes the theme of the songbird to form this ultimate tribute to the creativity and historic expertise of the master craftsmen at Jaquet Droz. Against a background of a transparent sapphire dial that allows the onlooker to admire the complexity of the watch’s geartrain, bridges, and plate, the representation of this songbird is stunningly realistic down to the tiniest detail. Every part of its body, from its feathers to its beak and even its eyes, forms an exact reproduction of the birds’ delicate proportions and magnificent radiance. And Jaquet Droz goes even further: thanks to an amazingly intricate mechanism, the bird turns, flaps its wings, moves its head and tail, and opens its beak to chirp. In The Charming Bird, the Jaquet Droz craftsmen have succeeded creating a singing automaton by developing a piston-driven bellows system and miniaturizing the techniques inherited from the 18th century.
The Lady 8, a new fine jewelry watch elegantly plays on curves, for women who appreciate the sensuality of time. The symbol of infinity and completeness, the figure 8, Jaquet Droz’s lucky number has always been present on the dial of the Grande Seconde. A permanent source of inspiration, it appears here for the first time on the case and the buckle of a very feminine model, bound to appeal to more than one lady with its playful side and jewelry. The bezel intertwined with a gem-set ribbon highlights the curves of the watch, whose simplicity and refinement catch the eye.
The Eclipse, a poetic masterpiece of Fine Watchmaking, is one of the brand’s most iconic timepieces. This year, Jaquet Droz craftsmen in La Chaux-de-Fonds masterfully paired the moon phase complication, which displays the fascinating cycles of the night of the sky on the dial, with the Perpetual Calendar: a finely orchestrated union which raises these two complications to a new level of elegance.
Never before has a watch presented such a clear, effortless indication of two time zones. This technological development is enhanced by the majestic hands in the form of a compass, a detail which hints at the navigational instruments used by sailors of another era. The red hand indicates local time while the blued steel hand shows the time at the destination. When the two hands come together in the same time zone they merge into a single, bicolored indication of the exact time.
This year, the line sees the arrival of two new versions with an ever more contemporary design. In colors that catch the eye, the blue or chocolate dials enhance the Geneva stripes with a play of hues shimmering in the changing light. Simplicity rules, with an elegant display of the date and the time on these 43 mm models: the Arabic and Roman numerals of previous models have given way to stunning baton markers. These latest developments featured on the Grande Seconde Quantième are a demonstration of how Jaquet Droz continuously rethinks those models which have built its legend and made its name.
With its blue alligator strap, The Twelve Cities Aventurine helps the seasoned traveler keep time in twelve different capital cities. The eyes are drawn to this magnificent oval mother-of-pearl disk, now completely redesigned for women, and meticulously inlaid inside an aventurine dial. The local time appearing in the aperture at 12 o’clock echoes the time in the selected city displayed at 6 o’clock. As for the minutes, they are indicated with a single lancine-type hand. With a jumping hour system, the model can be easily personalized, displaying the cities chosen by its owner.
Like a spectacle in a night sky studded with eight stars – the watchmaker’s lucky number – the moon unveils or covers its face from full to total eclipse. The fire of the diamonds set on the white gold case light up the refined architecture of this new version of The Eclipse, whose redesigned elegance is addressed to men and women who love poetic watches.
All the mystery of this scene resides in meticulously ordered craftsmanship: a dial is fashioned in hand-engraved mother-of-pearl, the birds are sculpted and engraved in gold before being applied to the dial and finally, the birds and the dial are painted– a miniature trompe-l’œil which comes to life in the hands of the brand’s craftsmen. From the curve of the wings to the size of the bodies, from the swell of the throat to the subtle association of the yellow and blue feathers, nothing has been omitted to make this truly three-dimensional masterpiece, saluting the beauty of nature and the freedom of these fascinating birds.