On the 23rd of April Swiss manufacture Jaquet Droz together with Sublime by Bosco and the publishing house Alfavit Media held a unique event for the fans of Fine watchmaking art dedicated to the rich legacy of the great watch brand.
This year Jaquet Droz is celebrating its 280th anniversary: on this memorable evening the guests were given the chance to get personally acquainted with its most outstanding achievements.
True oeuvres d’art have been created in the walls of the Ateliers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The dials of some watches are commanded by a deeply symbolic figure “8”. Other dials are filled with detailed animated art miniatures, the so-called automatons, in creation of which Jaquet Droz has no equal. The creation of mechanical artistry Charming Bird has been presented during the night.
As soon as the second hand made the first step on the dial at 8 p.m., the hall of the Library at Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel turned into an extraordinary musical time machine, taking the participants on an exciting journey through the rich legacy of the brand to the sounds of jazz improvisations.
The works of the Atelier of Haute Horlogerie are not only designed to measure Time. They are made to become part of History of many rare artistic crafts. During a special lecture one of famous experts on watches gave information about the most iconic models of Jaquet Droz, from the past till now.
“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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