The brand and its local retail partners welcomed special guests to discover the astonishing world of Jaquet Droz and its novelties unveiled during Baselworld 2017 as well as other iconic creations. As Pierre Jaquet-Droz did before, lot of the artists’ inspiration continue to come from the wonderful sceneries surrounding us that we can admire in the Ateliers d’Art timepieces for instance, very exclusive models decorated by hand and produced in very limited edition.
Jaquet Droz pieces not only tell time, but also a story, they transmit an emotion like with its automaton models for instance whose goal is to astonish with an animated scene. The Charming Bird automaton which was presented at the event celebrates the brand's DNA by paying homage to the historic codes of automata and miniaturization, being also the first wristwatch equipped with a singing bird animation. By marrying these to the aesthetic of the Ateliers d’Art, the timepiece is a tribute to the durability of the brand's exceptional expertise.
The event was also marked by a workshop of miniature painting during which the guests realized their own Jaquet Droz dial with the help of a master painter coming from Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art for the occasion. This impressive work requires a lot of dexterity and precision, some of the brushes that Jaquet Droz artist is using could be as thin as one single hair for the details of the fur of an animal or pupil of an eye as an example.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
The Maison unveils the new radically innovative aesthetic of its masterpiece, whose tourbillon is revealed through meticulous geometry.
For the ninth consecutive time, Jaquet Droz is proud to donate a unique piece of its own creation, designed exclusively for Only Watch, a charity sale to benefit the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy), and featuring a degree of technical ambition and aesthetic never-before achieved: A Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon adorned with a plique-à-jour enamel dial.
Issued in eight pieces to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Bird Repeater, an automaton with a minute repeater, embodies the essence of the House. Its dial in white mother-of-pearl and black onyx features appliqués in 18K red gold. Multiple bird animations, eggs hatching and the river in the background breathe life into this creation. This weave of intricate animations, completely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, which is housed at the heart of its 18K red gold case in 47mm, one of fine watchmaking's most virtuoso complications.
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