As part of Ja­quet Droz’s 280th an­niver­sary col­lec­tion, the house un­veils the Sign­ing Ma­chine

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Sev­eral cen­turies ago, Swiss watch­maker Pierre Ja­quet Droz made a name for him­self through his ar­ti­san­ship in ma­chines and au­tom­ata. Among his most no­table de­signs is a 6,000-piece me­chan­i­cal piece named “The Writer”, which is de­signed to write with a quill on pa­per via some in­put keys and a form of pro­gram­mable mem­ory that pre­dated Charles Bab­bage’s com­puter.

Fast for­ward to 2018, the Swiss house de­buts the Sign­ing Ma­chine. Its de­sign is al­most like a pocket ver­sion of The Writer, ex­cept that it can be per­son­alised to scrib­ble a spe­cific sig­na­ture. The minia­ture au­tom­a­ton has a four-digit se­cu­rity code, and once ac­ti­vated, the ma­chine is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out per­fect and con­sis­tent sig­na­tures with the help of an arm-and-pen mech­a­nism.

Housed in a pol­ished han­den­graved red gold or black­ened hard­wood case, the por­ta­ble de­vice also comes with its own leather pouch, which comes in handy when time comes to sign off on your next big deal.

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