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.

Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Marvel Maker: The Man Behind Today’s Jaquet-Droz Watch Brand

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You’ve heard of the brand. Here’s a look at the man. We explore the fascinating life of the pioneering watchmaker whose ideas live on in the modern Jaquet Droz watch brand. … [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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, all released within the past few years, that have most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 21 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 … [Read more...]


The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork: 5 Things to Know

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The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork combines expertise in several arts to create an amazingly detailed and realistic automaton with minute repeater. This new model also features a clear sapphire … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld

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I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from Baselworld, first published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here … [Read more...]


Jaquet Droz’s New Bird Repeater Geneva

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The Jaquet Droz brand has made a name for itself by combining fine watchmaking and elaborate mechanical inventions. Now Jaquet Droz has turned its attentions to the capital city of watchmaking. With … [Read more...]


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 … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches Review: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Ivory Enamel

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Jaquet Droz watches, it seems, are more popular in the Asian market (especially Hong Kong and China) than in Europe or the U.S., despite the intrinsic quality of the timepieces produced (thanks to … [Read more...]


Video: The Jaquet-Droz Automata

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In WatchTime's January-February 2015 issue, we present "Pierre Jaquet-Droz: Marvel Maker," a historical profile of the man for whom today's Jaquet Droz watch brand is named. Scroll down to watch a … [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 … [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 we examined the list for you to see which … [Read more...]


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

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We've covered dozens of new watch releases from the 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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]