Time­piece Of The Month

Ja­quet Droz

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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.

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