The Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch is one of Robb Report’s 2018 Best of the Best winners!
The extraordinary timepiece represents the entire spectrum of Jaquet Droz craftsmanship. It also carries on the long tradition of automata originally established by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, pushing new technical, creative and artistic boundaries.
Yury Khnychkin, Robb Report Russia editor-in-chief: «This year Best of the Best Global has celebrated its 30th anniversary. Today it is the most recognizable global project Robb Report, symbolic Hall of fame of world luxury industry. Robb Report Russia, though it cannot boast of that long history, has found its own way of celebrating this milestone birthday: this year's special edition for the first time has presented luxury objects from selected Russian producers. However the principles behind the composition of the Best of the Best list remain unchanged: they are based on comprehensive research of the consumer qualities of the upmarket sector goods and services by our competent experts and their personal expertise. I can definitely recommend any of the Best of the Best list items – you will never be disappointed».
Best of the Best 2018 issue presents a list of goods and services in the following sectors: watches, jewelry, men's fashion and accessories, cars, jets, yachts, hotels and resorts, designs, restaurants, wellness and beauty products, fairs and auctions.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
A warmed up stage, a drum kit, a few guitars and a harmonica: “It’s only rock’n’roll!” Today, Jaquet Droz unveils the first out of the 23 unique timepieces to retrace the world of the Rolling Stones through motion. Beside the arm of a record player that hovers over a platinum album replica (the power reserve), a scene depicts their signature instruments in miniature paintings and gold thread. The external disc rotates up to 8 consecutive times for 30 seconds and is adorned with the albums that the collector will choose for his unique timepiece. At 9 o'clock, the iconic tongue beats rhythmically, from left to right and from top to bottom. “And I like it!”
After three years of work, Jaquet Droz and John Howe have developed an Art Watch dedicated to emotion, wonder and fantasy. Draped in gold and rare stones, their dragon has a record 9 distinct animations. Inside a 43 mm case, the piece is entirely handmade and can be customized almost without limit by the client. Thanks to a Studio in the heart of the Jaquet Droz head quarter, clients will be offered an immersive phygital experience that will allow them to witness the live creation of their timepieces. There is no series to be announced, only unique pieces.
The “Effinger” clock dated from 1783 and signed Jaquet-Droz, has been sold at CHF 256,000.-, which is more than three times the starting bid of CHF 70,000.-, during the Koller auction on March the 31st 2022.
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