For nearly three centuries Jaquet Droz has been writing its own story of excellence and mechanical virtuosity, constantly surpassing itself creatively. Born in the heart of the Swiss Jura mountains, the brand has always had its sights set on conquering the world. As the first watchmaking brand to gain entry to China’s Forbidden City, it did not stop there. Under the impetus of founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the company went on to astonish Enlightenment Society and Europe’s Royal Courts with exquisitely crafted pocket watches, urns, snuffboxes, birdcages and android automatons.
In the same spirit Jaquet Droz now plans three extraordinary exhibitions in the United States. Each runs for three weeks and will be open to a public who appreciates exceptional objects. These three events celebrate the Brand’s Automatons and Métiers d’Arts: enameling, engraving, painting and miniature sculpting. Perfectly mastered and maintained by a handful of craftsmen within the Atelier de Haute Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, these expert crafts—some of them dating as far back as the Renaissance—are flourishing more than ever at Jaquet Droz. Witness the success of automaton timepieces—jewels in the watchmaking crown, displayed in all their glory. The Charming Bird, Bird Repeater and Lady 8 Flower allow us a glimpse of how Jaquet Droz’s poetic naturalism ties in with the incredible flights of creativity that give these miniature birds and flowers the lifelike appearance of living things. As a trailblazer of luxuriously splendid decoration, Jaquet Droz also offers customization on certain models, with the promise that the most refined devotees are guaranteed a one-of-a-kind piece worthy of the legendary Manufacture’s tradition of excellence. Such unique timepieces will be also on display during the exhibition. This continues to prove that staying true to your history and to the astonishing creativity of the human hand is the finest way of celebrating modernity.
These most outstanding Jaquet Droz creations can be admired from October 7th to October 24th at the Tourbillon Boutique in Houston, from: November 11th to November 28th at the Tourbillon Boutique in Costa Mesa and from December 9th to December 28th at the Tourbillon Boutique in Short Hills.
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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