Switzerland’s luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz and Glashütte Original have unveiled their newly renovated shared boutique. Marc Aellen, Vice President and Head of International Sales at Jaquet Droz, and Christophe Savioz, President and Chief Representative of Swatch Group Japan, cut the red ribbon at the opening ceremony. A large number of Japanese mainstream fashion media editors and professional watch journalists gathered at the opening press event on November 10th, joined by Jaquet Droz’s VIP guests invited on November 11th. The brand brought in an enamel artist from its Ateliers d’Art to give an exclusive demonstration of the impossibly delicate craft of miniature painting on a dial, allowing guests to see Jaquet Droz’s passion for master watchmaking and time-old watch culture, a legacy that has continued for over three centuries.
The Nicolas G. Hayek Center is located at the heart of Ginza, Japan’s iconic luxury shopping area. Tradition meets innovation in this high temple of Fine Watchmaking. Standing apart from neighboring structures thanks to a striking plant wall that descends from the roof down to street level, the building features elements of ecology, art, and luxury and is home to the Swatch Group and boutiques for Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original & Jaquet Droz, Omega, Longines, Swatch, and an after-sales center that spans three floors. Hydraulic elevators carry customers directly from the ground floor to the respective showrooms of each brand. Customers can complete the whole process, from choosing and buying watches to watch maintenance and repair all in one building.
The 60 m2 boutique seamlessly links the two brand worlds: on the left in the new boutique Jaquet Droz welcomes its guests in designer style with a pared-down palette of black, grey and silver, while Glashütte Original on the right presents a tasteful blend of ebony oak and beige enamel surfaces in a refined, well-lit setting. Both brands use an elegant and minimalist style to create an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming.
Established in 1738, Jaquet Droz has been developing unique, exceptionally crafted collections that stay true to its founder’s legacy for more than three centuries. The automata models and the Ateliers d’Art limited editions never cease to amaze connoisseurs. In the boutique, customers can leisurely browse the Jaquet Droz collections and avail of a unique and exclusive dial customizing service offered to discerning clients that honors the brand’s long-standing tradition of watches handcrafted in the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art.
On the occasion of this reopening, to celebrate the brand’s future in Japan, Grande Seconde Quantième Meteorite makes its world premiere in the boutique. A delight for watch enthusiasts, this exclusive new collection of meteorite models applies the extreme precision of the art of watchmaking to the mysteries of the universe and its infinite possibilities.
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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