The falcon, national symbol of the United Arab Emirates, was honored in an exclusive new version of the Bird Repeater that draws on 280 years of the Jaquet Droz Art of Astonishment.
Switzerland’s luxury watch, brand Jaquet Droz along with the Rivoli Group and senior representatives from Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) unveiled an exclusive and one-of-a-kind version of the brand’s iconic Bird Repeater Falcon which was launched and showcased at the Jaquet Droz boutique in Dubai Mall. The launch event was as a part of the city’s largest shopping extravaganza, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), an initiative by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE).
The falcon, the national symbol of the United Arb Emirates, was honored through the most exclusive and one-of-its kind model of the Bird Repeater that draws on 280 years of the Jaquet Droz’s of astonishment.
Christian Lattmann CEO of Jaquet Droz commented, “Jaquet Droz timepieces have always been inspired by nature, which is very great source of inspiration, for painting and engraving, as well as for our automata, which attempt to replicate the movements of nature. The millennia-old art of falconry, central element of the identity of the United Arab Emirates, also inspires us to realize this exceptional piece. We are very proud to present this unique piece Bird Repeater Falcon in Jaquet Droz boutique in Dubai Mall.”
In the foreground of the piece, a pair of falcons tends to two chicks in a red gold nest engraved and painted by hand. One bird bends down to deliver a beakful of food to its baby, while the other spreads its wings, revealing delicate nuances of color. A chick hatches from an egg inside the nest.
In the background Jaquet Droz depicts two falconers –father and son– in white djellaba robes. On the left of the onyx dial, a mother-of-pearl disk hovers over the dunes like a mirage, floating, evanescent. A painted oasis is barely perceptible, seemingly becoming more distant the closer one approaches, like a real-life mirage. The scene unfolds beneath a mother-of-pearl sky that illuminates the yellow gold sands. The delicate relief of the hand-engraved dunes is spotlighted by a polished finish.
This unusually complex automaton comes to life to the sound of an impressive Fine Watchmaking complication: the minute repeater. It can chime the hours, quarter-hours and minutes on demand via the cathedral gongs nestled inside the movement. Activated by a push-piece on the side, the movement is fitted with a wheel regulator so silent that it allows these precious falcons to be heard spreading their wings to the astonishment of the owner.
In celebration and honor for this special occasion, the luxury Swiss brand Jaquet Droz also unveiled another special timepiece, the Grande Seconde Moon limited edition Dubai.
Limited to only 28 pieces, the Grande Seconde Moon limited edition celebrates Dubai with a model combining the singularity of its dial with the identity of the capital and its eponymous state.
This collection places the Moon at the heart of the Grande Seconde’s emblematic design. The choice of a Moon Phase for this Fine Watchmaking limited series owes nothing to chance. It symbolizes the direct link between astronomy and watchmaking. Indeed, it was by observing the stars that scientists then watchmakers laid the foundations for the measurement of time.
For that matter, many of them used an astrolabe for this purpose – the renowned instrument of astronomical observation and calculation, which saw its usage peak in the Arab-Islamic world beginning in the 8th century. Today, the Grande Seconde Moon Limited Edition Dubai pays tribute to this long tradition with an hour’s circle marked by Arabic numerals, themselves positioned above a silvery opaline dial with blued hands.
The stunning one-of-a-kind automaton wristpiece and the limited edition Grande Seconde Moon collection is on display at the Jaquet Droz boutique at The Dubai Mall as part of the 24th DSF celebrations and the Dubai Exclusives initiative.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
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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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