Baselworld 2016 – on time with Jaquet Droz

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Jaquet Droz is one of the first watch-makers and one of the most confidential, yet brilliant Manufacture horlogère from Switzerland. After his studies in University, Pierre Jaquet Droz founded his first watchmaking workshop in la Chaux-de-fond in 1738. Until 1791, the Jaquet Droz Family builds the foundation of what will become a multi-century business. He excelled in the manufacturing of watches as well as automata and other mechanical devices. His art the the amazing objects he would create, fascinated all crowds from regular people to Royal crowns. His reputation was huge in a 18th century Europe and since then poetry and technical challenges were part of Jaquet Droz day to day business. Since 2001, the prestigious brand belongs to The Swatch group that started an international roll-out yet on the respect of the Brand heritage. This acquisition helped to maintain the legacy of Pierre Jaquet-Droz intact. It also allowed the confidential brand to shine over-seas and establish a solid business over the years. By connecting with its heritage, Jaquet Droz is faithful to its know-how and blends perfectly the art of watch-making and the automata. It is distinguished by the restrained elegance of its watches, the use of traditional decorative techniques such as miniature painting and sculpture, and for its complication pieces which include wristwatches incorporating tiny automata.

What is new at Baselworld 2016?

This year, Jaquet Droz pursuit its directive line capitalizing on the brand DNA and specific codes. Poetry and technicality are present to provide you the most outstanding timepieces ever created on this genre. The first model is the Jaquet Droz GRANDE SECONDE OFF-CENTERED ONYX. Black onyx dial, applied 18-carat white gold rings. Stainless steel case. Self-winding mechanical movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. Diameter 43 mm.

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With this watch, Jaquet Droz capitalizes on the Brand DNA. The 8-shaped in the dial, the Grande Seconde and the minimalistic look and feel are gathered together in an amazing contemporary timepiece. In this edition, the Grande Seconde is decentered and the Jaquet Droz logo is at 10 o’clock. One amazing signature item is the black Onyx dial. This black stone has a strong symbolism and properties. Onyx jewelry is worn to defend against negativity that is directed at you. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.

  • Fortifies self confidence and responsibility
  • Sharpens your senses
  • Encourages a healthy egotism

This watch has the Jaquet Droz 2663A.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight. The Stainless steel case has a Diameter of 43 mm Height 12.00 mm Winding-stem at 4 o’clock Individual serial number engraved on the case-back. As mentioned, the dial is made of black Onyx with applied 18-carat white gold rings.

The second interesting watch presented is the GRANDE SECONDE DUAL TIME ÉMAIL IVOIRE. In order to celebrate the love for travel of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Swiss watchmaker launched a Ivory Grand Feu enamel, double level dial. 18-carat red gold case. Large seconds, reference time and date display with hand at 6 o’clock. Self-winding mechanical movement. Power reserve of 65 hours. Diameter 43 mm. Off-centered hours and minutes, off-centered large seconds Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o’clock Off-centered 24-hour second time zone indication at 6 o’clock

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What can we see here: Off-centered hours and minutes, off-centered large seconds Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o’clock Off-centered 24-hour second time zone indication at 6 o’clock. We will highlight the little red edge in the calendar day hand, one specificity by Jaquet Droz.

One of the interesting aspects of Jaquet Droz is the poetry they have in the brand and how they can tell beautiful and aesthetics stories. One of them is the PETITE HEURE MINUTE THOUSAND YEAR LIGHTS. It is a magnificence timepiece with its 8-carat red gold dial with black lacquer and hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl. 18-carat red gold applied ring, onyx subdial. 18-carat red gold case set with 232 diamonds, total of 1.22 carat. Self-winding mechanical movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. Diameter 35 mm. Numerus Clausus of 28.

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3 symbols are important to highlight on the dial: The moon, the dragon-fly and the butterfly, all strong symbols of freedom, creativity and passion. It is a very beautiful and heart-felted design that will inspire you everyday.

Last but not least, this watch is a true masterpiece of technicality and poetry. This is the new CHARMING BIRD by Jaquet Droz. This new watch has a hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial. You can see as well an Onyx subdial. 18-carat red gold case and applied ring. Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism. Sapphire whistle system. Hours and minutes self-winding movement. Power reserve of 38 hours. Diameter 47 mm. Numerus Clausus of 8. AUTOMATON Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism. Sapphire whistle system. Hand-engraved platinum.

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As we can see, Jaquet Droz is an astonishing watchmaker. Its endless universe provides creativity and innovation at the heart of the watch manufacturing process. A Jaquet Droz watch is incomparable to another watch. Baselworld 2016 is an amazing platform for a brand such as Jaquet Droz to shine.

LuxuryActivist

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Info sourced at private meeting with Jaquet Droz at Baselworld 2016. All content is copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. Images are for illustration purposes only. 

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