Timepiece Of The Month
Bird Repeater Fall Of The Rhine
With this watch, time is different: Through no fewer than eight different animations, it offers an enchanting vision of an autumnal forest where eggs are hatching and the birds are feeding their chicks as you catch up on time.
Inside the 18K red gold case is a naturescape reminiscent of the naturalist paintings in the 17th century Age of Enlightenment. The black redstarts are brought to life as true miniature sculptures rising up from the engraved with a hand-painted white mother-of-pearl background. The grand spectacle of the Rhine Falls, among the largest in Europe, adds to the magic of the Bird Repeater. The richness of details and the meticulousness of the brushstrokes are also a nod to the love that Pierre Jaquet-Droz had for the landscapes of his native Switzerland.
At the heart of this latest version of the watchmaker’s Bird Repeater series is a minute repeater that enables the hour to be marked with a chime through a push-piece, arousing not only the eye but the ear. With a simple pull on the slide, the wearer can sound the hours, quarter-hours and minutes and activate its spectacular automata. On the case back, the movement visible through the sapphire crystal offers a hypnotic view of all the complexity required for the functioning of the timepiece. With a 48-hour power reserve, this watch is part of a numerus clausus limited edition of eight pieces.