Jaquet Droz celebrates the 300th anniversary of the founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz with the Bird Repeater 300th Anniversary Edition, an extraordinary creation that well represents the exceptional expertise of this House in the watchmaking and automata arts.
Its dial in white mother-of-pearl and black onyx features appliqués in 18K red gold. Multiple bird animations, eggs hatching and the river in the background breathe life into this creation. This weave of intricate animations, completely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, which is housed at the heart of its 18K red gold case in 47mm, one of fine watchmaking’s most virtuoso complications.
In the foreground of Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater “300th Anniversary Edition” there are two robins, one male and one female. In the background, to the right, is a farmhouse – a replica of the farmhouse where Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born exactly 300 years ago. A verdant La Chaux-de-Fonds valley and river La Ronde flow through it on the left. There is also a Gentian flower in the foreground, whose especially fine wood grain is used by watchmakers for the ultimate polishing of their components.
Left, right and center, the natural characteristics of La Chaux-de-Fonds are present: red berries and holly leaves, a blue butterfly announcing the arrival of summer and other animals hidden in the scene. A dragonfly can also be spotted, a symbol of strength and fighting spirit, a grasshopper is also featured, whose powerful leap forward embodies risk-taking, the ability to seize opportunities and move oneself forward, much like Jaquet Droz does today, while drawing on three centuries of heritage to move forward in the 21st century built on art and wonders.
A true work of art issued in just 8 pieces, the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater 300th Anniversary Edition has a price of Euro 544,700.