A stalwart in the metiers d’arts arena, Jaquet Droz is a specialist in some of the most unique and time-honoured crafts in Swiss traditional watchmaking. It’s also one of the last watch manufactures capable of producing automata – those mechanical moving devices that perform a range of actions. Contemporary Jaquet Droz watches such as the Bird Repeater, Charming Bird and Loving Butterfly Automaton all feature this delightful complication, and in celebration of its 280th anniversary, the manufacture has made a piece unique pocket watch highlighting not only its mastery of this singular craft, but the complete spectrum of artisan techniques that’s practiced at the Jaquet Droz ateliers.
Indeed, the Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch represents the manufacture Jaquet Droz like no other current timepiece does. Think of it as the all-in-one platform for a bespoke customer to visualise the many different skills and crafts Jaquet Droz has perfected over the years – and not just decorative but also watchmaking savoir faire. Automata crafting, miniature painting, miniature relief engraving, traditional gem-setting, grand feu enamelling and paillonnee enamelling which is the rarest of all enamelling styles and a speciality at Jaquet Droz, are just some of the most evident ones.
It took the manufacture three years to conceive of, design, prototype, fabricate and decorate this one-of-a-kind timepiece. Based on the Bird Repeater movement which comes with moving automata and a minute repeater complication with cathedral gongs, it is a three-dimensional work of art comprising 668 components that will take you back to the time of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, whose fascination with nature is a constant source of inspiration for the brand today. www.jaquet-droz.com