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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.


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 celebrated its 275th anniversary with the inauguration of an exceptional exhibition in Shanghai which later travelled around the world.
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.
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.
Jaquet Droz unveils the Loving Butterfly Automaton, an exceptional model showing the expertise of the brand in automata and craftsmanship.
The brand's 280th anniversary.

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 upholds the legacy of Pierre Jaquet Droz

What was a one-man show in the mid-1700s is today a luxury watch brand under the control of Switzerland's Swatch Group. Pierre Jaquet-Droz earned himself a reputation among European royal courts thanks to his astonishing mechanical automata, including The Writer, The Musician and The Draughtsman. Jaquet Droz continues with the production of such unique humanoid models today, complementing them with a range of limited-edition watches and wrist-sized mechanical automata.

Limited timepieces in recognition of a master engineer

The complicated cams used by Pierre Jaquet Droz are more a feat of engineering than of craftsmanship, yet the company today excels in applying fine crafts such as miniature painting and delicate enamel work to its watches and automata. The dial on every Jaquet Droz watch makes a statement, whether it is the unmistakable figure of eight shape found on sober models such as the Petite Heure Minute and the Lady 8, or the meticulously crafted artworks of the musical automata.

Versatility on the theme of 8

The number eight abounds in the collection,both in the dial arrangement of almost every watch and the limited number for most models, whose number always ends in an 8. Even with relatively sports models such as the SW ("sport watch") that take the house outside its comfort zone, the arrangement in a figure of eight is clear, with the notable exception of the SW chrono, where the two chronograph counters are side by side on the dial. The Astrale collection is another exception, with the purest of dial designs inspired by the work of Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

It's not necessarily black and white

The simple colours of black and white are not interpreted by Jaquet Droz in the same way as they are at many other watch brands. A black dial, such as the one found on the Petite Heure Minute for ladies, actually turns out to be aventurine, while on the Grande Seconde model the black is in onyx. A white dial can become an ivory shade in grand feu enamel, produced in-house according to the personal recipes of the company's expert enamellers, who have honed their skills after years of trial and error working just on the watch dial.

The warmth of gold

The case is predominantly in precious metals, in particular yellow gold, rose gold or white gold, with models in stainless steel and black ceramic also available. For the Ateliers d'Art and Automata collections, the case is made exclusively of gold, with a preference for 18-carat rose gold. The astonishing Charming Bird automaton watch is the exception with a case in white gold.

Manufacture movements

For a company that upholds the unparalleled engineering expertise of its founder, the movement used in the watch is of extreme importance. Thanks to its position within the Swatch Group, Jaquet Droz is able to offer automatic mechanical movements in its watches, even in the Lady 8 models, which have a smaller 35mm case diameter but also come with an automatic movement.

280 years of history

Browse through the collections of a trusted seller on the most popular websites for pre-owned luxury Swiss watches and you will find a variety of watches from the La Chaux-de-Fonds company, including the rare vintage mono-pusher chrono.