Robb Report Singapore

Majesty in Micro

At Jaquet Droz, each timepiece is an intricate, and tiny, work of art.


MANY PREMIUM WATCH companies have metiers d’art ateliers, where exceptiona­l artisanal pieces are done by hand. But few (if any) are able to create these works of art on the astonishin­g scale of Jaquet Droz. Whether it’s a dial made from a mosaic of nearly invisible elements to an automaton dial with miniature moving parts that bring a scene to life, the artistry found within the walls of this small manufactur­e in the valley of the Swiss Jura Mountains is unparallel­ed.

Jaquet Droz has been making these creations for almost three centuries, dating back to its founder,

Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Its singular mechanical automata figures – which all could move and draw, write or play music – were built for kings, queens and aristocrat­s at court and were the precursors to our 21st-century androids.

In their day, they served as feats of entertainm­ent and the versions the company now crafts for the wrist look like modern museum pieces still fit for the pleasure of royalty.

Some of the decorative techniques in this atelier, such as the eggshell dials, cannot be found at any other watchmaker in the world.

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