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Jaquet Droz Video. Swiss Mechanical Marvels

Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask was one of the centerpiece of Sotheby’s watch auction last weekend in New York.

The automaton, created by Pierre Jaquet Droz & Leschot about 230 years ago, features an articulated ivory bird – measuring just 12 millimeters tall – which is accompanied by a highly intricate, miniature organ to replicate the bird’s song. The decorated and constructed scent flask is covered in enamel and jewels, centered by a recessed medallion with a magnificent scene that showcases varicolored gold sculpture representing a branch with leaves with the singing bird automaton perched atop.

 

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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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