Jaquet Droz

The Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet-Droz derives its name from its founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who in the 18th centurty built animated dolls (automata), to help his firm sell watches and mechanical birds. In the late 18th century Jaquet-Droz specialized in exporting luxury watches featuring automata, musical mechanisms or other complications. The company also started developing singing birds. In 2000 Jaquet-Droz was acquired by the Swatch Group (Omega, Blancpain, Longines, Swatch). Notable Jaquet Droz watches include the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde, Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW, Jaquet Droz Astrale, Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute, Jaquet Droz Lady 8, Jaquet Droz Les Ateliers d'Art. The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater also is very popular. Usually the Jaquet-Droz list price is published by the brand. Jaquet-Droz watches are also sold by certified retiailers, many fans collect the watches and own several pieces. Jaquet-Droz is equally popular for its Jaquet-Droz men's watches and Jaquet-Droz women's watches. WatchTime's coverage of Jaquet Droz watches includes the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater and Jaquet-Droz Automata as well as most of the other collections. Whether you're looking for a Jaquet Droz review or news on the Swiss brand, head to watchtime.com first.

Dive Watch Wednesday: Private-Label Dive Watches Aren’t as New as You Think

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It seems like the dive watch category has inspired more "micro-brands" and "boutique brands" over the last few years to start a watch business than has any other watch category in the industry. Of course, while some of these recent start-ups have attempted to produce their very own ideal of “the perfect diver,” many others rely on already finished, so-called "private label" watches, which are, more or less, watches manufactured by an outside supplier and simply equipped with the brand’s … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

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Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Now Available in 6 New Steel Versions

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Jaquet Droz's Grande Seconde SW watch collection, the sportier cousins of the brand's well-known Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde models, expands this year, with six new models in steel cases, offering two different case sizes and three contemporary color schemes. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Video: Jaquet Droz “Signing Machine” Automaton

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, Jaquet Droz has brought out a new miniaturized mechanical device: a machine that can duplicate its owner’s signature. Dubbed the Signing Machine, it follows in the tradition of Jaquet Droz automata. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 10 Most Popular Watches on Pinterest

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Did you know that WatchTime has a Pinterest page with nearly 100 boards and more than 2,300 photos of watches, celebrity watch fans and other images? We've got boards devoted to categories such as divers' watches and tourbillons as well as dozens of individual brands from Rolex to Breguet to Greubel Forsey. Below, we count down the WatchTime pins that you've been clicking the most. Is one of your favorites among them? (And don't forget to visit our boards if you're still doing some early … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

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With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


4 Limited-Edition Watches Celebrate China’s Year of the Horse

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January 31 marked the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse. Since the huge growth in demand for luxury watches in the Asian market, several top watch brands have commemorated the lunar New Year with limited-edition timepieces. We've already shown you Jaquet Droz's Ateliers d'Art Horse watches; here are four more from three other luxury brands. … [Read more...]


3 New Jaquet Droz Watches for China’s Year of the Horse

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As Americans mark the start of 2014, China celebrates the Year of the Horse, the seventh sign in the Chinese Zodiac. To commemorate it, Jaquet Droz, a watch brand long associated with China, is releasing a series of Ateliers d'Art timepieces with artistic dials. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Previews the Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse

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The new Perpetual Calendar Éclipse by Jaquet Droz, available in two dial colors, showcases the brand's distinctive moon-phase display. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I list the attributes of this new timepiece, which is crafted in Jaquet Droz's ancestral home of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. … [Read more...]


Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

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Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]


A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

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The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]


Her Time: 5 New Ladies’ Watch Collections from 5 Luxury Brands

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We've covered dozens of new watch releases from the SIHH and Baselworld watch fairs here at WatchTime.com, as well as in our print edition. The vast majority of these have been targeted squarely at the male consumer. But several brands have also launched entirely new collections this year aimed at the ladies market, some with in-house movements, high jewelry, or both. Here are five of them. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews Jaquet Droz’s “The Charming Bird,” with Photos, Audio, and Video

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On my recent trip to Shanghai I had the opportunity to put my hands on a luxury item that in the 18th century was accessible only to emperors and kings — namely, a wristwatch with a singing automaton. Yes, of course, the wristwatch had yet to be invented in the 18th century, and automatons were found instead on table clocks, but Jaquet Droz's new piece, The Charming Bird, would have been right at home in that era. … [Read more...]


More Unique Pieces From Only Watch 2013

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More watch brands are unveiling their unique timepieces to be auctioned at the upcoming Only Watch in Monaco. Below, we take a look at the pieces to be offered by Bell & Ross, Richard Mille, and Jaquet Droz. All proceeds of the auction, held on September 28th 2013, will benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2013 Day Three: Breguet, Jaquet Droz, Girard-Perregaux, Hermès

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Day Three at the Baselworld watch fair was packed, as my WatchTime editorial colleagues and I visited a slew of big-name watch brands and had the opportunity to check out their latest offerings for 2013, including horological milestones from Breguet and Girard-Perregaux. … [Read more...]


Only Watch Auction Returns to Monaco in September

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The fifth Only Watch, a charity auction of unique timepieces, returns on September 28th, taking place once again in Monaco and conducted by Antiquorum Auctioneers. … [Read more...]


Seconds City: Exploring La Chaux-de-Fonds

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In our March-April issue, on sale now on newsstands and for the iPad, Norma Buchanan visits the Swiss watchmaking town of Le Locle. In this feature story from our June 2009 issue, Buchanan journeys to another cradle of Swiss horology, La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town that is still, as Karl Marx described it a century and a half ago, “one giant watch factory.” … [Read more...]


Swatch Group Acquires Harry Winston Watch & Jewelry

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The Swatch Group has added another jewel — or, more precisely, jeweler — to its crown. The Bienne, Switzerland-based company, which owns watch brands ranging from Swatch to Hamilton to Omega to Breguet, announced Monday that it is acquiring world-renowned jewelry brand Harry Winston, which in recent years has also become a bastion of high watchmaking. … [Read more...]


Video: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater. Click here to see more photos and details of Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater. Click below for a video of the Bird Repeater... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all … [Read more...]


Chimes and Birdsong: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

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Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater. … [Read more...]


Swatch President Arlette Emch Announces Retirement

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National Jeweler reports that the Swatch Group's Arlette-Elsa Emch, president of the Swatch and CK brands, will retire from her post next month. (Click here for the article.) Emch joined the Swatch Group in 1992 and has managed the Swatch brand since 2009. For the Swatch Group's official corporate bio of Emch, click here. FYI, Arlette Emch is the mother of Manuel Emch, also formerly of Swatch Group (CEO of Jaquet Droz) and currently CEO of Romain Jerome. … [Read more...]


Dominique Loiseau on Girard-Perregaux: The WatchTime Q&A

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French-born watchmaker Dominique Loiseau first caught the attention of watch collectors in the 1980s, the great wasteland years of the mechanical watch industry when quartz ruled the watch-world roost. His complex and creative inventions, such the Rose des Temps clock, the Blancpain 1735 wristwatch and the 1f4 models from his own independent atelier, have made him a legend among the collector community. Early this year, Loiseau joined Girard-Perregaux to strengthen its "think tank." Here, in an … [Read more...]


New Jaquet Droz Tourbillon

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Jaquet Droz presents two new tourbillons based on the brand's emblematic Grande Seconde models. Available in white gold with a Côtes de Genève dial (ref. 34240) or in red gold with a Grand Feu enameled dial (ref. 33200), this 43mm diameter watch features a tourbillon carriage crafted from sapphire crystal. Find wallpaper images inside. Updated- USA list price added. … [Read more...]


Only Watch World Tour Runs August 30 – September 22

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On September 23, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous Only Watch charity watch auction. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. Leading up to the auction, the featured timepieces will be on tour, visiting many of the world's leading collecting capitals. … [Read more...]


The Man Behind the Brand: Pierre Jaquet-Droz

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Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a real devil. Or at least people thought so. In 1758, Jaquet-Droz, whose name lives on in the high-end mechanical-watch brand owned by the Swatch Group, scared so many people with his mysterious, other-worldly machines that he was suspected of witchcraft. … [Read more...]


Swatch Group First Half Sales and Profits Jump to Record Levels

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Swatch Group's gross sales for the first half of 2010 exceeded SFr.3 billion for the first time ever, topping the 2008 record, and the future looks bright, thanks largely to China and Russia. The Group's Chief Executive Nick Hayek told Reuters "We do not see what could keep us from achieving record sales and profit in 2010," though he added that exchange rates and gold prices present continued risk. … [Read more...]


Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Minute Repeater

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Jaquet Droz presents this new minute repeater in the brand's iconic "figure 8" Grande Seconde design. Deceptively simple in appearance, the complex movement's twin hammers chime the time to the minute. The 43mm diameter case and hands are 18 carat red gold. The ivory color dial is hand-crafted Grand Feu enamel, unique in both tint and grain. This piece will be produced in a limited series of just 28 examples. Serial numbers will be painted on the dial and engraved on the caseback. … [Read more...]


VISUAL QUIZ: Can You Identify These Mystery Watches?

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Can you identify a watch at 40 paces? How about when only a bit of the watch is visible, the rest hidden by a shirt cuff? To test your watch spotting skills, we've cropped images of 15 well-known modern watches so that you can see only a portion of the dial and case. Can you identify them? The answers, along with the complete images, appear at the bottom. Good luck! … [Read more...]