FrontRunners: Jaquet Droz

  • The bird and waterfall automatons on the face of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater move eight different ways.
<< Back to Robb Report, March 2013

    While showcasing a new complication, the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater (www.jaquet-droz.com) also pays homage to the work for which the boutique Swiss watchmaker’s founder initially gained renown. The face of the $472,500 watch displays mechanical birds that move when the wearer activates the chiming repeater feature. The birds serve as nods to the creations of Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his son, Henri-Louis, who in the 18th century made a name for themselves by constructing similarly complex automatons. Controlled by a cam system like the ones that Jaquet-Droz used for his robots, one bird spreads its wings, another feeds its young, and still another hatches from an egg, while the waterfall in the background appears to flow. The resonant chime of cathedral gongs adds a touch of gravitas.

    From Around the Web...
    Tudor addresses an underserved watch-wearing minority with a left-hand version of its famed dive...
    One of only 40 variants in white gold, the perpetual-calendar watch could bring in more than $190,...
    This video offers an inside look at the special evening and the limited-edition wristwatch…
    Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    The Italian house’s new snake-inspired Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumiere has arrived…
    Only 28 of the alluring rose-gold-and-platinum timepieces will be made…
    Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    With six-figure competitors, the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire is a game-changing steal…
    The retail watch industry may be dipping, but the auction market is reaching new highs…
    The latest edition of the famed dive watch pays tribute to the brand’s dedication to oceanography…
    The brand’s military heritage is referenced with untreated leather straps and a worn-looking dial…
    The auction house is offering a selection of Nautilus watches in celebration of the model’s 40th...