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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

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.

2013
Jaquet Droz celebrated its 275th anniversary with the inauguration of an exceptional exhibition in Shanghai which later travelled around the world.
2015
The same year the brand reached a pinnacle of achievement by presenting the Lady 8 Flower, the first women’s automaton wristwatch, and a renewed focus on a high complication - the Grande Seconde Deadbeat
2016
Once again Jaquet Droz showcases the art of astonishment through exceptional products: the Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights and the Grande Seconde Dual Time that extends the iconic Grande Seconde collection with a new special complication
2017
Jaquet Droz unveils the Loving Butterfly Automaton, an exceptional model showing the expertise of the brand in automata and craftsmanship
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.

Watches