If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ve probably noticed that our extensive collection of watches has many new additions from a certain luxurious Swiss brand.
Today, we’ll be introducing you to the extraordinary world of Jaquet Droz watches. For everything you need to know about these stunning watches, keep reading.
The Story Behind Jaquet Droz
Those who know their horology will undoubtably have heard the name Pierre Jaquet-Droz prior to reading this article. For those who aren’t aware, Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a brilliant watchmaker whose watch and clock creations are the stuff of legend.
Born in 1721 on a small farm named La Ferme de Sur le Pont in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Pierre flung himself into the world of watches at the age of seventeen and never looked back.
Over the years, the Jaquet Droz watches brand gained global acclaim and became known as an incredible manufacturer of bespoke timepieces. After Pierre’s 1790 passing, his prodigal son Henri-Louis took over and honored his late father’s legacy with aplomb. Fast-forward to the year 2000 and the family owned brand was acquired by the Swatch Group as part of its Prestige & Luxury division.
What Makes Jaquet Droz Watches so Special?
Jaquet Droz watches are special for a number of reasons. From an aesthetics point of view, just one look at their watches and you’ll be able to see what all the hype is about. According to the brand itself, its watches are special because of the 8 Codes of Jaquet Droz.
The 8 Codes of Jaquet Droz
1: Grande Seconde – A type of design style where the off-centered hours and minutes hands on a single dial, at 12 o’clock, embrace the seconds hand situated at 6 o’clock. This is a unique interpretation of time-telling.
2: Automata – Automata is the reminder of the innovative nature of Pierre that the company always aims to embody. The Musician, The Draughtsman and The Writer are Automata which are functional mechanical dolls made for the elite that were originally created as an advertisement for the brand.
3: Ateliers D’Art – This is essentially the collective name for the painting, engraving, sculpting, paillone and enameling that are so often found in Jaquet Droz pieces.
4: Grand Feu enameling – This unique Jaquet Droz signature has been used since the 18th century. Today it still echoes through the brand’s contemporary collections.
5: Watchcase – Each and every case of a Jaquet Droz watch will undergo approximately 80 operations to ensure it is of the highest quality.
6: Exceptional mechanisms – Different Jaquet Droz watches feature different mechanisms, and the brand isn’t afraid to experiment. From tourbillon to jumping hour, Jaquet Droz knows how to respectfully encompass all mechanisms.
7: Minerals – There are a few things that are almost always featured in Jaquet Droz’s designs. Those things include raw minerals, crystals and rocks. Every piece is truly as unique as the minerals they proudly display.
8: Numerus Clausus – Jaquet Droz is well versed in the art of exclusivity. Their watches are either one of a kind or numerus clausus editions of 8, 28 or 88. This brand does not dabble in mass production.
The Best of The Best: Jaquet Droz Watches
It could be said that there is a Jaquet Droz watch for everyone. The brand knows no limits when it comes to pushing the boundaries of design, craftmanship and innovation. Although the brand has multiple pieces that are truly spectacular, we’re going to introduce you to two of their most impressive pieces.
One of the brand’s most unique watches is the Lady 8 Petite J014603272. The leather strap helps highlight the 68 diamonds that provide this watch with sparkle. A Malachite bead sits atop the face and creates a truly unique focal point. Malachite is said to bring luck and wealth as well as protect its wearer & we feel that Jaquet Droz made a wise choice when they chose to cloak the J014603272 in this mineral.
The Bird Repeater of Jaquet Droz’s Charming Bird Collection is one of the most expensive watches available for retail. It retails at $424,500 and is a true testament to the brand’s quality & craftsmanship. Tiny 18-karat hand-painted gold bird sculptures flutter with every chime of the minute repeater.
Jaquet Droz Watches Conclusion
Jaquet Droz makes beautiful watches. It’s clear that the brand places a great deal of thought into their products. The results speak for themselves beautifully.
Timeless elegance, innovative design and true exclusivity all make the Jaquet Droz watch incredibly sought after.
Overall, Jaquet Droz watches are an incredible brand and we couldn’t be any happier to share their products with the world.