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.

  • About

  • 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

    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

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    The Eclipse Black Enamel

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FEBRUARY 08, 2016
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Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx

— The Grande Seconde Off-Centered embodies the essential Jaquet Droz design codes, balancing a sense of history with sheer, modern elegance.
FEBRUARY 03, 2016
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— Jaquet Droz celebrates the Chinese new year.
JANUARY 16, 2016
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Petite Heure Minute Monkey, Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey

— Jaquet Droz celebrates the Chinese New Year with four models based on the emblematic Petite Heure Minute.
JANUARY 08, 2016
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Peerless complexity

— Displays, operating mode, structure, indications: these watches simply have no equivalent and are thus unique in their kind, although not necessarily crazy or expensive.
DECEMBER 23, 2015
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Precious Commandments

— Sometimes it doesn’t take much to be happy: a little good humor, a healthy dose of optimism and a few simple, commonsense principles by which to live one’s daily life. More than just a timepiece, our watch is a safeguard against sluggishness. It brings us back to what is key and guards us against that which is pointless. Here’s how it works…
DECEMBER 20, 2015
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The dream watches of our editorial staff

— When our in-house editorial team is asked to choose their dream watch without any constraints, an eclectic wish list emerge.
DECEMBER 16, 2015
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Lady 8 Flower

— The Lady 8 watch is bestowed this year with a mechanical animation in the form of a blossoming lotus flower.
DECEMBER 02, 2015
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Jaquet Droz

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
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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