June, 1775. Henri Louis Jaquet-Droz, the son of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, is given an audience with Louis XVI, the King of France. There in his court, he presents his three automata. The King, however, has one demand: he wishes to examine the androids' different mechanisms once the presentation is complete. Robed in gray and gold and wearing a white peruke and black ribbon, the King appears overjoyed. He marvels at The Writer's three sets of cams and asks a myriad of questions. Once again, the magic of Jaquet Droz has cast its spell.
Through the art of movement, showcased through the choreography of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Jaquet Droz pays tribute to the virtuosity of their founder, tracing its origins to Versailles and that fateful meeting with Louis XVI.
Its clocks, musical watches, objets d'art and humanoid automata would go on to fascinate the royal courts of Europe just like the shows by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. The extraordinary Sacre du printemps (1959), Symphonie pour un homme seul, l’Oiseau de feu,... to this day, these ballets grace the stages of the greatest capitals around the world. The exceptional artistry of Maurice Béjart and the avant-garde passion of Jaquet-Droz bring us the Art of Astonishment: "the amazement of the encounter with uniqueness and harmony."
To astonish and surprise – words that cut to the essence of Jaquet Droz. The vision of Marc A. Hayek, President of Jaquet Droz, revives not only its own illustrious past, but also a quest that has been ever-present since its creation: the quest for excellence at every moment, where the watchmaker's ability to surpass limitations is aligned with the best of the decorative arts.
The Time for a Dance: Jaquet Droz and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne invite you into the heart of two worlds which seem to have been destined to come together.
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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