01 TICK OF NA­TURE

Watch­maker Ja­quet Droz show­cases its re­mark­able jour­ney of art through time.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Watcher News -

There’s more to haute hor­logerie than record-break­ing ac­cu­racy and space-age ma­te­ri­als lobbed onto piles of com­pli­ca­tions. Ja­quet Droz knows this, and has been show­cas­ing the more artis­tic, craft-ori­ented side of watch­mak­ing, in keep­ing with a his­tory that dates back 280 years. Many of founder Pierre Ja­quet-Droz’s mas­ter­pieces didn’t even tell time; his life’s work was to cap­ture the beauty of na­ture and hu­man move­ment in ma­chin­ery. In the 18th cen­tury, his cre­ations cap­ti­vated mem­bers of roy­alty such as King Fer­di­nand VI of Spain and Em­peror Qian­long of China.

In a com­mem­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled “The Story of the Unique”, held out­side the Ja­quet Droz bou­tique at Ma­rina Bay Sands this month, the watch­maker ex­pounds on the brand’s crown jew­els, from au­tom­ata to time­pieces (or a com­bi­na­tion of the two), both his­toric and mod­ern. The ret­ro­spec­tive, which in­cludes a dis­play of new col­lec­tions, de­tails his­tor­i­cal pieces such as the Sing­ing Bird Cage Clock from 1780 that fea­tures feath­ered me­tal birds sing­ing on the hour. Mean­while, new re­leases such as the Grande Se­conde Skelet-one and Lady 8 Pe­tite demon­strate how the brand is in­ter­pret­ing its tra­di­tional artistry in more mod­ern, wear­able ways.

The star of the ex­hi­bi­tion is the Par­rot Re­peater pocket watch. A phys­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ev­ery­thing the brand stands for, the 56mm red gold pocket watch com­bines enam­elling (pail­lon­nee, grand feu and minia­ture paint­ing), gem-set­ting, au­tom­ata and re­lief en­grav­ing to set the scene for the minute re­peater. When the re­peater is ac­ti­vated, the birds move and the egg hatches to the chimes of cathe­dral gongs – true art in me­chan­i­cal mo­tion. “The Story of the Unique” runs till Oct 14 out­side Ja­quet Droz, #B2M-215 The Shoppes at Ma­rina Bay Sands.

01 SLICE OF LIFE Cre­ated more than 200 years ago, The Sing­ing Bird Cage Clock has birds that sing on the hour. 02 BE­GIN­NINGS The Ja­quet Droz farm in La Chaux-deFonds. 03 HEADS OF EN­GI­NEER­ING Pierre and Henri-Louis Ja­quet-Droz. 04 ART IN THE MA­CHINE The birds move and the egg hatches in the Par­rot Re­peater pocket watch.

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