JA­QUET DROZ

Plaza Watch International - - Display Case -

We live in a time in which far too many de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects have be­come afraid of or­na­men­ta­tion. "Less is more" is all well and good, but when ev­ery­one is do­ing it, less can quickly be­come a bore. For­tu­nately there are some pock­ets of re­sis­tance, places where beauty for beauty’s sake is still cel­e­brated, and one would be Ja­quet Droz which in 2013 cel­e­brates its 275th an­niver­sary. Last year they re­leased the Bird Re­peater, with a minute re­peater and an an­i­mated dial. Birds spread their wings and feed their young, an egg hatches, and a wa­ter­fall pours down be­hind them. A daz­zling dis­play of me­chan­i­cal magic bring­ing some­thing sub­lime to life. Price: 486,000 CHF

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