The Bird Repeater Geneva contains manufacture caliber RMA88, a manual-wind movement. It has a single barrel (48-hour power reserve) to power the automata and the repeater. The movement beats at 18,000 vph. It has 69 jewels and 508 components in total. In terms of time display, the watch is very simple: an offset subdial of black onyx at 12 o’clock tells you all you need to know. The hands are made of rose gold. The minute repeater mechanism is activated via a slide on the left side of the 47-mm rose-gold case. Through the caseback, one can see the cathedral gong, which encircles the movement in two rings. In total, the case is 18.7 mm thick. It is not water resistant. The watch comes on a black alligator strap with a rose-gold folding clasp.
Jaquet Droz’s first Bird Repeater watch debuted in 2012. That piece, also using the RMA88 movement, showcased another bird species and landmarks of the Swiss Jura region. The watches all hark back to the brand’s namesake, the 18th-century Swiss inventor Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who was known not only for his pocketwatches but for his automata – including very popular singing bird mechanisms. (For more on Jaquet-Droz the man, see “Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Marvel Maker” in the February 2015 issue of WatchTime.) Eight pieces of the Bird Repeater Geneva will be produced, each with its limited-edition serial number engraved on the caseback. The watch costs $472,500.