There is definitely something to be said for the advances in modern technology, especially when they are used to bring a traditional art to life – literally! The newly unveiled Bird Repeater from Jacquet Droz is one such example of this harmonious partnership, and the final result is nothing short of spectacular.
The Bird Repeater is a bona fide automaton; it performs specific functions according to a predetermined set of coded instructions, much like the incredible machine in the movie Hugo. Unlike that particular automaton though, this one has received the enviable benefit of the combined resources of the decorative crafts of the Jaquet Droz Atliers d’Art in La Chaux de Fonds. What does that mean exactly? It means that this is one seriously beautiful timepiece. I mean automaton.
The Bird Repeater
Now, I could stand here and talk until I’m blue in the face about how Jacquet Droz’s extremely talented engravers and painters worked together to produce the striking yellow, blue, white and deep black of the birds’ plumage or the finely detailed wisps of grass forming the nest, or all the other amazing tiny details that make this piece so breathtaking. Or I could tell you how its beauty is only rivaled by the delicate chiming of the minute-repeater complication, which when activated via the pusher strikes the hours, quarters and minutes and sets a series of 8 wonderful animated sequences in motion. I could say all of that.
I could just show you:
Only 8 of these superb timepieces will be made, with the individual limited serial number engraved on the back of each 47mm, 18-carat red gold case. Each will be presented on a hand-made black alligator leather strap complete with a matching 18-carat rose gold buckle.
No official word on pricing, but I imagine it will be on an application only basis.
Jacquet Droz will also be exhibiting at SalonQP 2012 and so if you are lucky enough to be attending I highly encourage you to get along to their display and check out everything the brand has to offer.
The Final Word
With this piece Jacquet Droz reaches deep into their rich history whilst at the same time giving us a gentle reminder that they are absolutely on the cutting-edge when it comes to high-end watchmaking. It may seem like a bit of a cliché but for me this piece really seems to hearken back to the ‘golden-age’ of watchmaking, where the focus was on creating beautiful mechanical art.
If you would like to learn more Jacquet Droz have created an excellent and highly informative microsite especially for the Bird Repeater, which can be accessed here: http://jaquet-droz.com/the-bird-repeater/en/