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.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
A warmed up stage, a drum kit, a few guitars and a harmonica: “It’s only rock’n’roll!” Today, Jaquet Droz unveils the first out of the 23 unique timepieces to retrace the world of the Rolling Stones through motion. Beside the arm of a record player that hovers over a platinum album replica (the power reserve), a scene depicts their signature instruments in miniature paintings and gold thread. The external disc rotates up to 8 consecutive times for 30 seconds and is adorned with the albums that the collector will choose for his unique timepiece. At 9 o'clock, the iconic tongue beats rhythmically, from left to right and from top to bottom. “And I like it!”
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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