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

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

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Featured Jaquet Droz Watches

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    Jaquet Droz

    Grande Seconde

    Quantième

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    Jaquet Droz

    Les Ateliers d'Art

    The Bird Repeater

  • Thumbnail Jaquet Droz - Grande Seconde Décentrée Email Ivoire - J006033200

    Jaquet Droz

    Grande Seconde

    Off-Centered Ivory Enamel

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

    Jaquet Droz

    Astrale

    L'Eclipse Email Ivoire

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

    Jaquet Droz

    Astrale

    Tourbillon SW

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Petite Heure Minute Relief Carps

— Blending engraving and enameling, this poetic piece pays homage to the koi carp, a symbol of love and long life.
APRIL 05, 2015
Petite Heure Minute Relief Carpes © Jaquet Droz
Bell & Ross, Dior, Jaquet Droz, Longines, Bulgari, Harry Winston
Baselworld 2015

My “best-of” selection of ladies’ models

— Poetry, ornamentation, gracefulness and an androgynous touch: a number of ladies’ pieces caught my eye during this Baselworld.
APRIL 04, 2015
Jaquet Droz, Seconde Deadbeat, Grande Seconde Deadbeat
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Video. J008033200 J000000011 Seconde Deadbeat

— The Grande Seconde Deadbeat watch, a new tribute to the Age of Enlightenment from Jaquet Droz.
APRIL 01, 2015
Jaquet Droz, video, The Art of Paillonné Enameling
Jaquet Droz

Video. The Art of Paillonné Enameling

— Third video of a serie dedicated to Jaquet Droz's know-how.
MARCH 28, 2015
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Video. The Lady 8 Flower

— This year Jaquet Droz has bestowed its Lady 8 with a mechanical animation in the form of a blossoming lotus flower.
MARCH 25, 2015
Jaquet Droz , L’Éclipse Aventurine, argenté
Jaquet Droz

Éclipse Aventurine and Argenté

— The Éclipse is reintroduced this year in two different refined styles, available in aventurine in its 39 mm format and gray opaline for the 43 mm.
MARCH 24, 2015
Jaquet Droz, Ateliers d’Art Papillon
Jaquet Droz

The second stops, the woman awakens

— It’s an unusual Baselworld for Jaquet Droz, which is (physically) stopping its famous Grande Seconde and breathing life into an automaton for ladies.
MARCH 18, 2015
Jaquet Droz, video, The Art of Enameling
Jaquet Droz

Video. The Art of Enameling

— Second video of a serie dedicated to Jaquet Droz's know-how.
MARCH 17, 2015
Jaquet Droz, video, The Art of Engraving and Sculpting
Jaquet Droz

Video. The Art of Engraving and Sculpting

— First video of a serie dedicated to the brand's know-how.
MARCH 15, 2015
Jaquet Droz

Les Ateliers d'Art

— A new film shows off the brand's artisanal prowess in an original way
MARCH 10, 2015
Chinese new year, Kung Hei Fat Choy
Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

— Swiss watchmakers once again use the Chinese New Year to show off their innovations in mechanical movements and their mastery of artistic crafts.
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Jaquet Droz, Sunstone
Jaquet Droz

Sunstone

— The magic of Sunstone makes Jaquet Droz timepieces sparkle.
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Marten de Vos, Allegory of the Seven Liberal Arts
12th Art

Influences pervading the 12th Art

— The masters of the 12th Art (the Art of time measurement) are artists by nature and love exploring diverse, sometimes centuries-old fields of expression. Numbered from 1 to 6, the classic arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and dance make their influence clearly felt in our selection – as too does the 7th art.
FEBRUARY 14, 2015
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    Jaquet Droz

    Video. Stéphanie Barba

    — The artist who documents the Béjart Ballet provides inspiration for the brand's timepieces
    DECEMBER 25, 2014
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    Talisman lady

    It’s your lucky moment !

    — Superstitious ? No way ! And yet, let’s be honest, we often prefer walking around the other side of the ladder rather than under it, keeping away from black...
    DECEMBER 19, 2014
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    Jaquet Droz

    Video. Eclipse Mother-of-Pearl

    — Jaquet Droz invites the moon to cast its spell over the art of watchmaking with The Éclipse Mother-of-Pearl and The Éclipse Ivory Enamel.
    DECEMBER 14, 2014