Over 70 local journalists and VIP clients had the chance to admire the Tropical Bird Repeater, the new timepiece from the Automata collection, during a special event which was held at the Nicolas G. Hayek Center, located at the heart of Ginza, Japan’s iconic luxury shopping area. The dial of this automaton Jaquet Droz Bird Watch Replica displays several simultaneous or consecutive animations with peacock, tropical leaves, hummingbird, toucan, dragonflies and waterfall.
Mr. Marc Aellen, Vice President and Head of International Sales at Jaquet Droz, made a presentation for the guests. Discover a glimpse of the event in the video below.
The movement is treated with ruthenium and has a black PVD strand to provide it a dark look to coincide with the black ceramic case.All things considered, these brand new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic watches are fairly interesting in that they match the timeless and understated design of their original Grande Seconde watch using modern ceramic cloth. The end result, judging from the press photos at least, seems rather nice to me. Surely, these ceramic models will be significantly more scratch resistant than the non-ceramic versions that are in stainless steel or gold. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde White and Black Ceramic Clous de Paris are both priced at $14,600 each. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris, on the other hand, is $16,800. Each is limited to 28 pieces. Among the newest Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon watches from the boutique Swiss watch manufacturer (that is most likely the tiniest and most unique high-end brand beneath the Swatch Group umbrella) is this eight-piece limited edition reference J013033242 Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée you see here. I last covered another edition of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon see here in 2015. I get more into a technical discussion of this foundation watch in that article, but I’ll touch on the significant points again here and focus on the paillonnée enamel technique used to decorate the dial.What is very important to mention is that within the last several years Jaquet Droz has invested rather heavily in not only bringing several of these artistic cosmetic techniques in-house (instead of utilizing external artists and craftspeople), but also in rediscovering lost techniques which were used in the past to create much of the beautiful enamel work on pocket watches and other items out of a few hundred years back.