The topic of the lecture was Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mr. Xu Wenbing, the founder of the Hope Traditional Chinese Medicine Center, was invited to give a talk on the subject to impart his wisdom and experience. For years, Mr. Xu Wenbing has dedicated his life to the continuation and advancement of traditional Chinese culture, something that Jaquet Droz has also focused on heavily throughout the history of the brand.
The dialog between the watchmaking firm and the illustrious country-continent began in the 18th century, under the initiative of Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, one of the firm's founders, who had the idea of establishing a workshop that would produce predominantly for the Chinese market. These frequent exchanges created close and lasting bonds between China and the brand known by its twin stars. In 1783, Jaquet Droz became one of the first watchmaking brand to be admitted into the grounds of the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor Qianlong and his courtiers showed fascination at the originality of Jaquet Droz creations. Certain historic pieces are still conserved today in the Museum of the Forbidden City.
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Jaquet Droz is writing a new chapter in its special relationship with China. The grand opening of the Xi’an boutique on July 6th thus solidifies a history that the Jaquet-Droz family first began to write 280 years ago.
From its first designs almost three centuries ago to its most recent developments, the legacy inherited from Pierre Jaquet-Droz has stayed true to the core values of the brand's founder: a pared-down aesthetic, audacity of style, and creativity in the mechanisms. And the Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara presented on the occasion of the brand’s 280th anniversary is no exception.
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