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Jaquet Droz - 280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

Jaquet Droz 280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

Jaquet Droz celebrates its 280 year anniversary in Russia’s historic Petrovsky Passage.

The Petrovsky Passage hosted a gala evening dedicated to the 280th anniversary of Jaquet Droz. In the setting of a fantasy garden, the anniversary collection of the haute horlogerie masterpieces was presented to the guests.

The brand’s story began in 1738, when Pierre Jaquet-Droz started creating watches and automata. After 280 years, the story lives on: connoisseurs and collectors have been introduced to the brand-new masterpieces of filigree haute horlogerie, which have inherited the authentic aesthetics and mechanical craftsmanship of the Swiss brand.

280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

© Jaquet Droz

As part of the Jaquet Droz’s anniversary world tour, the Moscow premiere of exclusive models was held in partnership with VTB Private Banking and ‘Sublime’ by Bosco in the Petrovsky Passage, where the Russian flagship store was opened 10 years ago. Christian Lattmann, CEO of Jaquet Droz, and Mikhail Kusnirovich, founder and President of leading retail group Bosco di Ciliegi, welcomed Moscow’s beau monde. 

The "Story of the Unique" exhibition takes the form of a giant book and is open to watch enthusiasts or connoisseurs until October 26th. It is an invitation to enter the enchanting world of Jaquet Droz and to discover the magic of Time through creations blending design, materials and craftsmanship. 

280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

© Jaquet Droz

During the evening, the guests experienced a demonstration performed by a master-engraver from the Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The session focused on the delicate pounced ornament engraving technique, which consists of removing material so as to fashion relief effects on the dial. 

A fusion of aesthetic, gourmet and cultural experiences awaited the guests of the gala; dinner was served in a tropical forest and was accompanied by a piano performance by renowned multi-instrumentalist Marcel Miftakhov.

280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

© Jaquet Droz

The gala culminated in the opening of a hidden doorway in the ballroom, inviting the guests to experience the magic of a secret garden. The stylistic decision was a tribute to the traditions and philosophy of Jaquet Droz: its founder was inspired by living nature and transformed animalistic motifs into a distinct feature of the brand’s creations. Surrounded by exotic plants under the trills of mechanical songbirds, guests were acquainted with the haute horlogerie masterpieces released on the occasion of the 280th anniversary in a limited edition. The main intrigue of the exhibition was the new automatons, modern heirs of Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s creations. Among them, some emblematic models of the collection were presented. 

280th anniversary celebrated in Russia

© Jaquet Droz

The Charming Bird is a poetic reading of number eight, a key signature of Jaquet Droz: the clock-face represents the upper part of the eight, while the bottom part locks an automaton emulating a singing bird. The watch pairs technical innovations, protected by two patents, with a variety of decorative techniques.

The artistic quotation of the android automaton by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Loving Butterfly Automaton, features Cupid seated on a chariot drawn by a butterfly. Nowadays, this allegorical sketch of love comes to life through the tiniest details on the watch dial, owed to an exclusive mechanism which took three years to be developed.

The Lady 8 Flower is formed of two circles overlapping to resemble an eight, a number which is part of the history of Jaquet Droz, and a symbol of harmony and the infinite. Whether a mysterious bud or a blooming flower, the animation is much more than a stunning tribute to natural and poetic beauty. One press on the button opens up the lotus flower, revealing a faceted briolette rotating on its axis.

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An elegant, outward-looking philosophy that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment is still at the heart of Jaquet Droz's identity. The fine and rare handcrafts practiced at the company’s workshops produce exquisite miniature works of art and automata that combine the best of design with unprecedented levels of horological know-how.

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