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Jaquet Droz Charming Bird

Awarded the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2015, this singing bird wristwatch by Jaquet Droz comes back in 2018 with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial.

The Charming Bird by Jaquet Droz is the first and only wristwatch to feature a singing bird. Awarded the 2015 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Genève) in the year of its launch, this automaton embodies the genius of Pierre Jaquet-Droz. In 2018, the brand unveils two new editions in red gold and white gold with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial and limited to only eight pieces each.

Charming Bird

Charming Bird in red gold and white gold © Jaquet Droz

Developed over several years and powered by two patented mechanisms, the Charming Bird is the latest chapter in the story of the Art of Astonishment begun by Pierre Jaquet Droz 280 years ago. Combining his mechanical and watchmaking know-how, the piece contemporizes the fascination of his celebrated automatons in a wristwatch. This scale of miniaturization demanded the most research for Jaquet Droz.

Charming Bird

© Jaquet Droz

The timepiece features two separate movements: the first indicates the hours and minutes and is positioned at 12 o’clock on the ivory Grand Feu enamel dial; the second powers the automaton. This automaton movement can run for 40 seconds before having to be wound. The animation and melody are regulated by a Magnetic Speed Control preventing contact between the parts to safeguard against friction and premature wear. It also minimizes noise from power distribution, thus freeing up the acoustic space to be filled with the sound of birdsong alone.

Charming Bird

© Jaquet Droz

For the first time ever in a wristwatch, the melody is generated by air compression inside three sapphire crystal tubes. The compression is released intermittently through a whistle to produce a flowing refrain to which the bird moves in time. The winged creature honors the legacy of Pierre Jaquet-Droz who, almost three centuries ago, chose to depict birds in naturalist scenes on his snuffboxes and in his birdcages. 

Charming Bird

Case back view © Jaquet Droz

The Charming Bird figure is engraved and painted in the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art. This masterpiece of miniaturization comes to life above the hand-engraved movement that drives it, which can be glimpsed through the sapphire crystal of the piece.

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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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