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Jaquet Droz - The Signing Machine

Jaquet Droz The Signing Machine

After four years of development, The Signing Machine has been unveiled at Baselworld 2018.

It is no accident that the Jaquet Droz signature is often mentioned in relation to its aesthetic and mechanical creativity. The brand has been perpetuating the Art of Astonishment since the 18th century. It was the first, under the impetus of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, to blend the worlds of Fine Watchmaking, the Arts and Automatons. Today, it is likely the last. 

As such, the revelation of “The Signing Machine” is a milestone, and part of the brand’s 280th anniversary celebrations – an event highly anticipated by collectors, who were treated to a first glimpse of The Signing Machine in 2014. What began as an ambitious project is today a finished automaton thanks to four years of additional development. 

The Signing Machine

The Signing Machine © Jaquet Droz

The Signing Machine is the subject of two patent applications and takes inspiration from both The Writer and The Draughtsman. The automaton’s movement has been reworked for fluidity, carrying out perfect, more consistent signatures. It now displays the power reserve allowing it to complete two full signatures before having to be wound by a lever located on the side of the Machine. Together, 585 parts operate within an extremely complex mechanism that is entirely assembled and finished by hand. The programming of the signature – or the mechanical coding of its imprint over three cams – is also carried out entirely by hand. 

The signature reproduced by the Machine is thus unique and personal. It can only be activated by unlocking a 4-digit code chosen by the user, who also selects the majority of the decorative elements of his or her Machine, keeping with the philosophy of Jaquet Droz to create truly unique objects of art, executed by hand within its workshops.

The Signing Machine

© Jaquet Droz

The piece, polished and satin-finished, and finished with hand-engraved red gold or blackened hard wood, measures 158 x 82 mm. It has been designed to be portable and will come with a leather pouch. The Signing Machines includes a hand-polished and satin-brushed stainless steel pen, refillable with black or blue ink.

The Signing Machine

© Jaquet Droz

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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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