Jaquet Droz

The elegant, outward-looking philosophy dating back to the Enlightenment is still at the heart of the brand’s identity: Jaquet Droz timepieces have always combined design, materials and knowhow with unprecedented refinements of watchmaking mechanics.

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  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

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  • About Jaquet Droz

    Pierre Jaquet-Droz was one of the greatest craftsmen and designers of the eighteenth century. He was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1721 and was a true visionary genius, making his mark on the history of watchmaking.

    Since Jaquet Droz became part of Swatch Group in 2000, the brand has continued to pass on the history and knowhow of its founder. In summer 2010 it moved into its new Fine Watchmaking workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, giving it the ability to respond to increasing market demands and demonstrating its ambitions for growth.

    In 2011, Jaquet Droz took special pride in developing Art Workshops within its Workshop, thus preserving its cherished ancestral knowhow. Miniature painting, sculpture, engraving and paillonné enamel are highlighted on a number of exceptional timepieces in a fitting tribute to these extremely meticulous craftsmen.

    The brand is now established in the Swatch Group's prestige and luxury segment, developing unique products with outstanding knowhow.

  • Jaquet Droz's philosophy

    Ever since it was founded in 1738, Jaquet Droz has been busy immortalising the distinctive spirit of innovation and aesthetic refinement of its founder, Pierre Jaquet-Droz. With his son Henri-Louis, this unrivalled visionary and genius inventor was the first to establish his manufacture in Geneva.

    He visited the courts of Europe to present his breath-taking achievements – including human-like automatons and delicately decorated chiming watches – and exported his timepieces all over the world, even as far afield as China.

    This elegant, outward-looking philosophy dating back to the Enlightenment is still at the heart of the brand's identity: Jaquet Droz timepieces have always combined design, materials and knowhow with unprecedented refinements of watchmaking mechanics.

  • Jaquet Droz's 5 key dates

    1738: Pierre Jaquet-Droz founds his first watchmaking workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds
    1774: design of the three famous automata: the Musician, the Draughtsman and the Writer
    2000: Jaquet Droz joins the Swatch Group's prestige and luxury segment
    2002: launch of the Grande Seconde: a timepiece inspired by a pocket watch designed in the eighteenth century, and the brand's flagship model
    2012: launch of The Bird Repeater, combining all the history, knowhow and imagination of Jaquet Droz. This outstanding timepiece is a fully-fledged automaton that calls on all the decorative trades.

  • Jaquet Droz's collections

    Grande Seconde: Inspired by a pocket watch designed in the eighteenth century, this collection links the Enlightenment period with the third millennium in a blend of Fine Watchmaking and poetry – and a design that is at once timeless and contemporary.

    Grande Seconde SW: This collection asserts its mastery of the aesthetic and technical challenges of the twenty-first century, combining audacity and a thirst for adventure.

    Astrale: With a minimalist appearance and the complications most needed for travel (dual time zone, date), this collection marks a return to the manufacture's traditional aesthetic codes, tailoring them to the requirements of seasoned travellers.

    Petite Heure Minute: This highly feminine collection is characterised by finely notched or jewelled enamel, precious stones and pearls, beautifully offsetting the purity of its lines.

  • Contact Jaquet Droz

    Allée du Tourbillon 2
    CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
    T. +41 32 924 28 88

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  • Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel
  • Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Full Engraved
  • Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Steel
The watch list

Featured Jaquet Droz Watches

  • Jaquet Droz - Grande Seconde Quantième - J007030242

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    Grande Seconde


  • Jaquet Droz - The Bird Repeater

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    Les Ateliers d'Art

    The Bird Repeater

  • Jaquet Droz - Grande Seconde Décentrée Email Ivoire - J006033200

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    Grande Seconde

    Off-Centered Ivory Enamel

  • Jaquet Droz - Majestic Beijing - L'Eclipse Email Ivoire - J012633203

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    L'Eclipse Email Ivoire

  • Jaquet Droz - Complication La Chaux-de-Fonds - Tourbillon SW - J030033240

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    Tourbillon SW

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Expansion to the Middle Kingdom

— In privileged relashionship with China, Jaquet Droz opens four news shops this year.
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
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GPHG 2015

A celebration of the exclusive

— Avoiding any knee-jerk reactions, we gave ourselves a week to digest the results of this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and take stock of their significance for the watch industry.
NOVEMBER 03, 2015

Panoramic vision

— The movement, up close and personal. Away with dials and metal: it’s all about transparency, visual delights and majestic mechanics!
NOVEMBER 02, 2015
Jaquet Droz - GPHG 2015 Charming Bird
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GPHG 2015

— Jaquet Droz won the prize of the "Mechanical Exception" category for its Charming Bird timepiece last night at the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève.
OCTOBER 30, 2015
GPHG Greubel Forsey
GPHG 2015

The winners

— The prize-giving ceremony of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2015 took place Thursday evening. Here is the complete prize list.
OCTOBER 29, 2015
GPHG 2015

Results of the WorldTempus readers’ poll

— Our contributors and in-house editorial team have shared their views on the finalists in each of the individual categories at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Now we take a look at those of our readers.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
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The Philosophy of the unique

— To this day, the brand known by its twin stars offers discerning clients the opportunity to customize the dial of their timepiece to suit their taste and pay tribute to the tradition upheld by the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art.
OCTOBER 19, 2015
GPHG 2015

Round Table: Mechanical Exception

— One model stands out for the majority of our tripartite panel, with the third member torn between two other watches.
OCTOBER 12, 2015
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Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant

— Jaquet Droz has introduced the Asian art of eggshell mosaic to the world of watchmaking.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
GPHG 2015

Round Table: Ladies' High Mech Watches

— Anita Khatri, Nazanin Lankarani and Laurie Kahle talk about their favourite watches in the Ladies' High Mech category.
SEPTEMBER 08, 2015
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
GPHG 2015

And the 72 pre-selected watches are...

— For its 15th edition, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève unveils a selection of models highly representative of Fine Watchmaking. Which brands are already winners?
SEPTEMBER 01, 2015
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AUGUST 26, 2015
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantième
Jaquet Droz

Grande Heure Minute Quantième

— With the Grande Heure Minute Quantième, Jaquet Droz brings together its historic aesthetic codes in a contemporary watch with a unique identity.
AUGUST 18, 2015
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    Brilliant achievements

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    JUNE 23, 2015
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    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.
    JUNE 16, 2015
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    The Butterfly Journey

    — The Butterfly Journey includes two series of eight timepieces paying hommage to the butterfly.
    JUNE 07, 2015
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    Videos. Baselworld 2015

    — The film presents the new models unveiled by Jaquet Droz at Baselworld.
    MAY 13, 2015
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    MAY 05, 2015
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    True class

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    APRIL 21, 2015