Jaquet Droz

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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  • 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

    Les Ateliers d'Art: Showcasing the extraordinary breadth of talent of the company’s in-house artists, the Ateliers d’Art collection encompassed miniature painting, hand engraving and enamelling, as well as the miniature wrist automata that are unique to Jaquet Droz.

    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.

    Lady 8: A feminine interpretation of the recurrent figure of eight theme that pervades Jaquet Droz creations, the Lady 8 is the  embodiment of the brand’s jewellery expertise with a design that harmoniously combines the use of rare gemstones and minerals.

  • Contact Jaquet Droz

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

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The watch list

Featured Jaquet Droz Watches

  • Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Grande Seconde Morte J008033200 watch face view

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    Grande Seconde Deadbeat

  • Jaquet Droz - Grande Seconde Quantième - J007030242

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    Grande Seconde

    Quantième Silver

  • Jaquet Droz - The Charming Bird

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    Les Ateliers d'Art

    The Charming Bird

  • Jaquet Droz - L'Eclipse Email Noir

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    The Eclipse Black Enamel

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    Lady 8


All news about Jaquet Droz

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Joint boutique in Tokyo

— The second joint boutique with Jaquet Droz and Glashütte Original is now renovated and has opened its doors at the Nicolas G. Hayek Center in Ginza.
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
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Diana Vishneva for Jaquet Droz

— As Diana Vishneva holds her fourth Context festival of contemporary dance, Jaquet Droz announces the celebrated Russian ballerina as its ambassador.
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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Prehistoric materials

A piece of history

— Some luxury brands are going to great lengths to make their products even more exclusive by using unusual materials whose age is measured in millions of years.
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
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Association Automates et Merveilles

— The brand lends its support to the restoration of three major timepieces led by the Association Automates et Merveilles by sponsoring the restoration of a spectacular Empire-style singing bird pendulum clock operated by a Pierre Jaquet-Droz mechanism.
OCTOBER 28, 2016
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Grande Seconde Dual Time

— The Grande Seconde Dual Time celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.
OCTOBER 26, 2016
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Lady 8 Flower

— Adorned with a lotus flower that unfurls its petals on request, the new version of the Lady 8 Flower is an aesthetic and mechanical feat.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time
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Video. Grande Seconde Dual Time

— For the first time, the Grande Seconde model welcomes a second time zone.
SEPTEMBER 05, 2016
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady 41mm
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Grande Seconde SW Lady 41mm

— A thoroughly sporty and elegant spirit for this new feminine version of the Grande Seconde SW.
AUGUST 08, 2016
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Around the world in 24 hours

— GMT and world time complications constantly demonstrate their usefulness, the variety of purposes they may serve… and in some instances their user friendliness.
JULY 27, 2016
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GMT portfolio

Watches and cars

— A photo gallery of watches with automotive backgrounds, by Alexis Reynaud
JULY 25, 2016

Into summer and out of the Euro

— On the agenda this week: interviews, the Euro 2016, Carl F. Bucherer’s new premises and a new competition of the month, not to mention our summer competition which is entering its third week.
JULY 04, 2016
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Video. Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights

— A new version of the Petite Heure Minute showcases an ancestral Asian technique.
JULY 04, 2016
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Christian Lattmann - CEO

— Christian Lattmann was appointed CEO of Jaquet Droz in June 2016
JULY 01, 2016
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    Animated by a love of… automata!

    — WorldTempus visited the Ateliers Jaquet Droz to discover the brand’s enduring love of automata. An anthem to mechanical poetry.
    JUNE 30, 2016
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    Supporting the art of dance

    — As Presenting Partner of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Jaquet Droz hosted a cocktail reception for its friends to coincide with six performances at the Beaulieu...
    JUNE 16, 2016
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    The war of whites

    — Enamel, porcelain and lacquer are all used to create white dials. But the differences between them are significant, and irreconcilable. And the choice of...
    JUNE 09, 2016