Switzerland marks the 150th anniversary of the first trade and friendship agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the Taikun (the 14th shogun of Japan), which saw the start of commercial relations between the two countries. At the same time, Jaquet Droz pays exceptional tribute to a nation it holds in special affection. Since its creation in the Age of Enlightenment, the La Chaux-de-Fonds Manufacture has consistently maintained a unique relationship with Japan. Artistic and creative parallels, a shared taste for arts and crafts and highly skilled work produced by hand have always been matched by a common fascination for mechanical challenges. Jaquet Droz watches, exported to Japan in the 18th century via the London agent James Cox, embody this bond based on a reciprocal sense of wonder. Comparisons can also be drawn between the android automata - among the most staggering of Jaquet Droz's areas of expertise - and karakuri ningyo, the mechanized dolls that were being manufactured at the same time in this part of the Far East. Thus, for almost three centuries, Jaquet Droz and Japan have continued to forge special ties, founded on mutual admiration and awe.
When Maurice Béjart presented his ballet set to Beethoven's 9th symphony in 1964, it very soon became one of the masterpieces of his repertoire: an unprecedented achievement and a paean to human fellowship and the intimate fusion of the body and music. In honor of the work, the brand is unveiling two timepieces in Tokyo inspired by Maurice Béjart’s most emblematic choreographies. The two powerfully evocative timepieces epitomize a marriage of music, dance, art and grace in movement. Discover the pieces Monday, November 10th.
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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