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Jaquet Droz watches have always held high standard both in their intricate mechanical workmanship and sophisticated design. The ingenious French founder of the company, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, began attracting the attention of the world with his production of extraordinary grandfather clocks, complete with music and automata, in 1738. Partnering with his son, Henry Louis Jaquet-Droz, and neighbor, Jean-Frédéric Leschot, he created exceptional timepieces and automata which, by the mid-1770s, were renowned throughout the royal courts of the civilized world for their unsurpassed revolutionary innovation and elaborate aesthetics. With the popularity of his masterpieces escalating, Jaquet Droz opened a second workshop in London's newly developing commercial district. Soon his company was represented in China, India and Japan as well. The Jaquet-Drozs and Leschot then moved to Geneva, opening the city's first watchmaking manufacture. By the late 18th century, Jaquet Droz creations were sold and displayed all through Europe and the Far East.
The Jaquet Droz brand today creates timepieces reflecting the original Jaquet Droz style. Exquisite dials made of precious minerals, rare woods, or age-resistant enamel showcase the intricate and complex movements. Inspired by the many travels of its founder, the Jaquet Droz Company designs collections reflecting the distinctive cultural influences of each region. The Jaquet Droz Legend Geneva Collection echoes the elegant and refined style watches Pierre Jaquet Droz designed in his Geneva workshop. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde design is directly inspired by the 18th century Jaquet Droz Pocket Watch.
The Jaquet Droz Urban London Collection enters the sports realm depicting the boldness and sense of adventure Pierre Jaquet Droz displayed in his entrepreneurial opening of a second workshop in the newly developing commercial London. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW and the Jaquet Droz SW Chronograph combine class and sophistication with sporty impulsiveness available in enduring titanium, rose gold, rubber treated steel, ceramic and solid steel.Read more
As Jaquet Droz traveled, exhibiting his unique mechanical creations with the royal courts of the civilized world, Beijing emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong, was riveted by these works of art and proceeded to set up a national office to import and trade Jaquet Droz's marvels. A fusion of distinguished creativity and contemporary functionality is conveyed in the many varying models of the Majestic Beijing Collection. The Twelve Cities, The Eclipse, The Time Zones and The Grande Heure all convey a distinctive modern glamour.
The most ingenious Jaquet Droz mechanical complications developed from Pierre Jaquet Droz's original workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In the La Chaux De Fonds Complications Collection, watches like The Chronograph Monopusher, The Rattrapante, The Tourbillon and The Quantieme Perpetual Eclipse display complications with a grace and simplistic elegance unique to Jaquet Droz designs.
In the course of his journeys, Jaquet Droz made frequent visits to Paris, presenting his Jaquet Droz models before Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, thus inspiring the feminine influence of the Jaquet Droz Elegance Paris Collection. The diamonds, pearls and gem stones contribute a soft, feminine touch to the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute, The Jaquet Droz Heure Celeste, The Date and Jaquet Droz Heure Astrale and The Lady 8 models.
The legendary luxury decoration of the Jaquet Droz family is reflected in the Les Ateliers D'Art Collection. Elaborate enamel painted motifs, sculpting, engraving and paillonne enameling decorate the dials of these exceptional Jaquet Droz watches in tribute to the venerable, fame- engendering art of the founders.