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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  • 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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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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— Pierre Jaquet Droz was the first watchmaker to present his creations inside the Forbidden City. Today the brand returns to its roots with a new store in the heart of Beijing.
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Brilliant achievements

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Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask © Sotheby’s
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