Jaquet Droz showcased some of the brand’s most exclusive timepieces last week at WatchTime New York, America’s largest public event dedicated to watch enthusiasts and collectors.
Among the special timepieces was the Lady 8 Flower with Mother-of-Pearl dial, introduced earlier this year in Basel. The Lady 8 Flower is a turning point for the brand, it is the first Automaton collection fully dedicated to women. It conjures up the essence of Fine Watchmaking: creativity, precision and mechanical mastery, with the signature Jaquet Droz touch – the Art of Astonishment – handcrafted by specialized artisans. The craftsmanship, skill and legacy embedded in this piece comes to life with one push of the crown button, where a lotus flower with gold petals blossoms to reveal a spinning diamond.
Jaquet Droz also exhibited other 2018 novelties, including the Grande Seconde Skelet-One. This new interpretation in total transparency – a first for Jaquet Droz – accords ample breathing space to the time indications. Hours, minutes and seconds stand out in a new transparent aesthetic bathed in light. Jaquet Droz has left only the bridges showing, which structure the piece’s movement. All is wrapped in a sapphire dial, which perfectly complements the skeleton movement, constructed in successive layers, visible from the side.
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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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