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Jaquet Droz - Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Pierre Jaquet-Droz founded its clockmaking workshop in 1738. He quickly became worldwide famous for its watches, singing birds and automata. 280 years later, the brand Jaquet Droz is the recognized master in the creation of timepieces that combine haute horlogerie, artistic crafts, and mechanical automation.

To celebrate the 280th anniversary, the Maison based in La Chaux-de-Fonds created an exceptional one-of-a-kind piece: the Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch, a true work of art which represents the entire spectrum of Jaquet Droz craftsmanship in a single timepiece.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch


Carrying on the long tradition of automata originally established by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch depicts an animated naturalist scene. A beloved motif for Jaquet Droz, the birds that take center stage bring romance to the representation.

At the heart of the composition, an adult pair of colourful long-tailed macaws watches over the three chicks. All of the family members are animated including the younger chick hatching from its egg. They are sighted in a lush jungle of vines and hibiscus where it is possible to recognize a bird of paradise and even two tigers, one in the background resting at the foot of an animated waterfall and a closer one at 6 o’clock.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Two gold hands indicates the time upon a precious mother-of-pearl dial around which the animated scene takes life.

Seveveral decorative techniques are used. Miniature painting is used to produce the vivid, lush colors of the vegetation. Miniature engraving adds relief and depth to each of the motifs. The tree trunk, birds and nest are gold appliqués, painted and then applied by hand to the dial. The rim of the red gold case glitters with a rainbow of colours emanating from the traditional gem-setting.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

The case is protected by two covers. The dial cover is adorned with vines and tropical foliage produced in Grand Feu enamel and set with gemstones. The climbing vegetation affords glimpses of the animated marvels of the dial through the leaves.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

On the case back, we find a Grand Feu enamel painting decorated with spangles representing a macaw. Instead of traditional pigments, Jaquet Droz used real enamel, which are ground by hand into a fine powder and mixed with oil rather than water.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

This exclusive preparation is used to produce a miniature painting that is fired in a kiln as with Grand Feu enamel. The artist then applies the spangles by hand. A protective coating of flux (translucent enamel) is applied to the work before firing it again. The entire painting is then hand-polished.

Both covers can be opened individually thanks to a patented dual case-spring mechanism.

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

The heart of this pocket is not less exceptional than the exterior: a mechanical caliber comprising 668 components featuring an automaton with minute repeater and cathedral gongs! A pull-out piece positioned on the case at 9 o’clock is used to activate the automata as well as the chimes that ring the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. To listen to the minute repetition, just go to our Instagram account (and make sure to follow us for more).

Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

The two-sided composition can be admired from both angles inside a specially designed hand-painted box.

Thanks to the joined forces of creatives, artists, master watchmakers and more than three years of work, the Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch, Numerus Clausus 1/1, celebrates the 280th anniversary of the brand pushing new technical, creative and artistic boundaries. Its price? One million Swiss Francs. jaquetdroz.com


Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

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Time and Watches: Jaquet Droz - Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch
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Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch. In 2018, to celebrate the 280th anniversary of Jaquet Droz, the Maison based in La Chaux-de-Fonds created a truly exceptional one-of-a-kind piece: the Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch. Carrying on the long tradition of automata originally established by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch depicts an animated naturalist scene. Thanks to the joined forces of creatives, artists and master watchmakers and more than three years of work, the Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch unique piece, Numerus Clausus 1/1, celebrates the 280th anniversary of the brand pushing new technical, creative and artistic boundaries. Its price? One million Swiss Francs.
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