Posts filed under Jaquet Droz

Experience: Jaquet Droz The Signing Machine. The King of All Automatons.

When we thought we had seen it all when it comes to Jaquet Droz, the brand wowed us one more time with the release of an object of desire unlike any other. If you thought it would be impossible that one day a mechanical machine would sign for you all your important documents with fresh ink, well, Jaquet Droz just decided to prove everyone wrong. This Jaquet Droz automaton is the ultimate luxurious toy for those that can have it all. By means of highly complex movements and driven by a set of cams that are handmade in order to produce a fluid, natural script, the Jaquet Droz Signing Machine duplicates its owner’s signature.

Eye Candy: Jaquet Droz Ateliers d'Art Petite Heure Minute Pink Flamingo. The Art of Dial Painting.

When it comes to watch brands, Jaquet Droz is very well known for the artistic timepieces they make. In the 18th century, the watch masters in the Jaquet-Droz family were pioneers in the art of luxury decoration, generating work for an entire generation of craftsmen. The Ateliers d'Art collection from the brand, highlights different horological art techniques including painting, enameling, paillonné enameling, intaglio printing, bas-relief engraving and sculpting, amongst other watch art techniques.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Enamel Tribute 218th Anniversary. Hands-on with a Very Elegant and Understated Timepiece.

With its signature figure eight dial layout, Jaquet Droz presents a new interpretation of its Grande Seconde watch to celebrate the 218th anniversary of Jaquet Droz. The iconic Grande Seconde is fitted this time with an ivory colored 'Grand Feu' enamel dial. Available in yellow, red or white gold case and in 39 mm or 43 mm in case diameter, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Enamel is one of the most iconic watches from this small manufacture that makes no more than 3,000 watches a year.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater. Where the Hummingbird Takes the Center Stage.

In 2012, Jaquet Droz released its first minute repeater featuring two blue birds and their chicks. This remarkable model reaffirmed the watchmaking and automaton crafting expertise of Jaquet Droz. The following year, 'The Charming Bird' watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird minute repeater in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing. Then, at Baselworld 2016 the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Métiers d'Art made its appearance. Last year, another fascinating minute repeater by Jaquet Droz was launched.

Baselworld 2018: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One. The First Skeletonized Watch for the Brand. Live Pictures & Pricing.

To celebrate the 280th anniversary of Jaquet Droz, the brand decided to present a new skeletonized watch in a new architectural interpretation of its icon, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One letting light into the heart of its mechanics. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One incarnates the essence of the Jaquet Droz watchmaking art. While the brand has oft varied its design, for the first time it proposes a sapphire dial integrated within a skeleton composition. The Grande Seconde Skelet-One marks a true stylistic turning point in the brand’s history, as part of its prestigious 280th anniversary celebrations.

Eye Candy: Jaquet Droz Éclipse Onyx. The Perfect Watch for the Solar Eclipse 2017.

Without a doubt, the perfect watch for a day like today as we are just a few hours away from the beginning of the total solar eclipse 2017 is the Jaquet Droz Éclipse Onyx. Fitted with a 43mm stainless steel case and an onyx dial that includes a complete calendar with a moon and eight stars on relief, this watch features a retrograde moon that is eclipsed with an independent rotating cover as the phases advance and a serpentine hand marks the date around the circumference of the dial.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonnée. Hands-on with a Very Special 8-piece Limited Edition with Grand Feu Blue Enamel Dial.

With its signature figure eight on the dial and encased in an exquisitely mirror polished 18K red gold case measuring 43 mm in diameter, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonnée with blue Grand Feu enamel dial reference J003033424 pays homage to the artistry and mastery of its founder Pierre Jaquet Droz. Born in 1721 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, at age seventeen in 1738, Pierre had already opened his first workshop for clock making and produced a series of grandfather clocks with very sophisticated movements.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Satin-Brushed. Hands-on with a Very Elegant and Understated Timepiece.

The figure eight layout on the dial of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième just got much better with the addition of two satin-brushed finished dials, one in an anthracite color and the other in silver grey. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Satin-Brushed was released at Baselworld 2017 and is a watch that is instantly recognized by connoisseurs thanks to its two off-centered dials, direct-drive seconds hand and pointer-type date display highlighted with a touch of intense red.

Baselworld 2017: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

The figure eight layout on the dial of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde just got much better with the addition of a very realistic moon phase indicator. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon just released at Baselworld 2017 is available in three different versions: 18K red gold Grande Seconde Moon Ivory Enamel with ivory Grand Feu enamel dial ref. J007533200, in stainless steel Grande Seconde Moon Onyx with black onyx dial ref. J007530270 and also in stainless steel Grande Seconde Moon Silver with silver opaline dial ref. J007530240.

Baselworld 2017: Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

Capitalizing on their rich history decorating clocks, watches and precious objects that have gone down in the history of decorative arts, Jaquet Droz released this Baselworld 2017 the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons in two different versions. Since its early days, Jaquet Droz himself was very fond of the natural beauty of his native Jura. As the Seasons passed, he noticed the changes in the landscapes, the transforming light, the first flowers to pierce through the snow and the sun that bathes the hills with its golden rays.

Baselworld 2017: Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

The history of Jaquet Droz and his automatons is very rich and part of the true heritage of this brand. For Baselworld 2017, Jaquet Droz has released the a new automaton that joins the Bird Repeater, the Charming Bird and the Lady 8 Flower previous released. This new automaton timepiece named 'Loving Butterlfy' is a watch that features a 90-second on-demand animation. Available with a 43 mm case in 18K rose or white gold, the new Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly is exclusively available in a limited edition of 28 pieces for each metal.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx. Hands-on with the Perfect Watch for a Black Tie Gala Night.

The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered embodies the essential Jaquet Droz design codes, balancing a sense of history with sheer, modern elegance. The Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx displays a striking graphic simplicity and its stylized black dial of edgy, intense black draws one deep into the heart of Jaquet Droz’s history. The creative concept underlying this model was born in the 18th century, at the height of the Enlightenment, when Pierre Jaquet-Droz revolutionized watchmaking with his Grande Seconde.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Métiers d'Art. Hands-on with One of the Most Fascinating Timepieces Out There.

In 2012, The Bird Repeater featured two blue tits and their young birds close to the heart of the company’s founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz. This remarkable model reaffirmed the virtuoso expertise of Jaquet Droz, passed down from the 18th century and realized here in miniature. The following year, The Charming Bird watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing.

Posted on April 7, 2016 and filed under Jaquet Droz, Other Brands.

Baselworld 2016: Presenting the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.

The new Baselworld 2016 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time comes in a 43 mm diameter case in three different versions that include an Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial with an 18K red gold case and a silvery opaline or onyx dial with a stainless steel case. A new timepiece that celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.

Insider: Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute American Eagle. Pure Art and Perfection in Only Eight Pieces.

As we've mentioned before, Jaquet Droz is a watch manufacture well known for their impressive 'Grand Feu' a.k.a. fired enamel dials with some of the most beautiful designs in the horological world. These dials embody the essence and fine watchmaking values of this manufacture. The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute American Eagle is a limited edition timepiece with a striking 'Grand Feu' enamel dial featuring the iconic American bald eagle flying over a city skyline. This is as American as a Swiss made 'haute horlogerie' piece gets. One great thing about the fired enamel dials on the Petite Heure Minute timepieces is that the lack of a seconds register provides the perfect layout to decorate the bottom part of the dial with any motif or design. For those that don't know the difference between enamel dials and 'Grand Feu' —fired enamel dials— we'll explain it now. A regular enamel dial, sometimes referred to as an 'enamel lacquered dial', is a dial that has been painted with a shiny paint that hardens as it dries out.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Butterfly Journey. Live Pictures and Pricing.

For Baselworld 2015, Jaquet Droz presents The Butterfly Journey, an homage to beauty and nature in two series of eight timepieces. The fruit of the Atelier d'Art's unique expertise, twin sets of Petite Heure Minute models are dedicated to the elegance of the butterfly, that fragile, romantic creature embodying the beauty of time. An angel passes, drawn along by a butterfly, and time seems to hold its breath in a moment of pure poetry. This motif, discovered in an old book devoted to Jaquet Droz, has been depicted just once before, in the Age of Enlightenment, by one of the legendary automata created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. In 2013, it was given pride of place on "The Loving Butterfly" a watch paying tribute to putti —sculptures of children used to decorate some of Italian architecture's most beautiful buildings as well as the cultural treasures of Renaissance and Baroque Europe.

Video: Baselworld 2015 Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower.

This year at Baselworld 2015, just like every other year, the brand wowed everyone with several watches featuring automatons. As you all know, Jaquet Droz's history was marked by his creation of automatons in the 18th century. In 1774, he successfully completed three humanoid automatons —The Writer, The Draughtsman and The Musician— that were presented in La Chaux-de-Fonds and a year later in France to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

Posted on March 28, 2015 and filed under Jaquet Droz, Other Brands, Videos.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower. Live Pictures, Video and Pricing.

This year at Baselworld 2015, just like every other year, the brand wowed everyone with several watches featuring automatons. As you all know, Jaquet Droz's history was marked by his creation of automatons in the 18th century. In 1774, he successfully completed three humanoid automatons —The Writer, The Draughtsman and The Musician— that were presented in La Chaux-de-Fonds and a year later in France to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. This year, we were surprised with three amazing timepieces —fitted with automatons— from Jaquet Droz and here's one of them, we are talking about the new Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower.

This remarkable timepiece featuring Jaquet Droz's iconic figure-eight shaped case, is available in 18K white gold —8 pieces— or 18K red gold —28 pieces. The 18K white gold reference we have here, comes with a snow-set diamond dial totaling 0.65 carats, an 18K white gold butterfly applique with 54 blue sapphires totaling 0.87 carats and a surprising automaton underneath the domed glass on the top part of the figure-eight with a flower that opens and closes on demand.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat. Live Pictures and Pricing.

A masterpiece of watchmaking precision, a Deadbeat Seconds timepiece is a very rare complication that takes some of the most skilled horologists to make. Long forgotten and mostly used by brands like Arnold & Son, the Deadbeat —Dead Seconds a.k.a. Seconde Morte— has now been rediscovered by Jaquet Droz and released at Baselworld 2015 in the new Grande Seconde Deadbeat. For those of you wondering what a Deadbeat seconds mechanical timepiece is, it is very simple. A Deadbeat timepiece is one in which the seconds hand advances by jumping second by second —ticking as in a quartz powered watch—, rather than by sweeping around the dial. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat ref. J008033200 is fitted with an elegant 18K red gold case measuring 43 mm in diameter and a rolled edge alligator black strap with matching pin buckle.

News: Presenting the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork. The Manufacture Does it Again with a Half a Million USD Timepiece.

In 2012, The Bird Repeater featured two blue tits and their young birds close to the heart of the company’s founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz. This remarkable model reaffirmed the virtuoso expertise of Jaquet Droz, passed down from the 18th century and realized here in miniature. The following year, The Charming Bird watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing.

Now, the story continues with a previously unseen version of The Bird Repeater in a more streamlined, contemporary-looking model that has nonetheless retained intact the animated features that made it a success: a duo of blue tit birds feeding their fledglings, the spreading wings, the tumbling waterfall and the hatching egg.

Posted on October 29, 2014 and filed under Jaquet Droz, News, Other Brands.