For over a decade Diana Vishneva was principal dancer at the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, and later became lead dancer at the American Ballet Theater in New York. An icon of her art on the international stage, the ballerina is equally at ease performing neo-classical and contemporary dance as she is with classic ballet roles. A cultural and social activist, she recently created her dance festival to help train up-and-coming choreographers.
Diana undoubtedly embodies the philosophy of Jaquet Droz. Since its inception in 1738, the brand with the two stars has perpetuated the spirit of innovation and aesthetic refinement established by its founder. By coincidence the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet –where Diana graduated in 1995– was founded in the same year. Another common point of interest is Béjart Ballet Lausanne, which the watchmaker partnered with three years ago, and where Diana in 2013 danced the legendary Bolero by Maurice Béjart, becoming the first ballerina since Maya Plisetskaya to perform this dance.
This year Swiss company Béjart Ballet Lausanne will participate in Diana Vishneva’s Context festival for the first time with the support of Jaquet Droz. The international festival works to promote contemporary dance in Russia and awards grants to support up-and-coming choreographers.
From the automata to the Ateliers d’Art, each Jaquet Droz model is a masterpiece of watchmaking, featuring cutting-edge complications and imbued with character and sophistication. The brand is proud to join forces with Diana Vishneva to celebrate common values of creativity, the sharing of passion and knowledge, and a quest for excellence.
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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