The Nicolas G. Hayek Center, located at the heart of Ginza, Japan’s iconic luxury shopping area, welcomed for the first time the Tropical Bird Repeater during a special event. Over 70 local journalists and VIP clients had the chance to discover the new timepiece from the Automata collection through a presentation done by Mr. Marc Aellen, Vice President and Head of International Sales at Jaquet Droz.
Part of the line-up of exceptional automata presented since 2012, Jaquet Droz launched a new model inspired by a tropical landscape enhanced by the hand of engravers and miniature painters from the Ateliers d’Art. The dial of the timepiece stages seven animations, including a hummingbird that can flap its wings at the incredible speed of 40 times a second, a world premiere. This feat is accompanied by a grande complication in the form of a minute repeater.
During the event, the guests also enjoyed a special exhibition focusing on the three main collections of the brand: The Grande Seconde, Ateliers d'Art, and the Automaton. Moreover, this special night has been animated by an artist from the Ateliers d’Art of La Chaux-de-Fonds who has done a unique demonstration of miniature painting on the core model. A traditional live music performance from Southeast Asia and a dancing show on the theme of bird of Paradise flower distracted the gathering.
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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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