Looking for a timepiece that will make a fashion statement keep time with the ultimate precision? Look no further because Jaquet Droz timepieces will help you do just that. The brand traces back to the eighteenth century when it was first launched by its founding father, Pierre Jaquet Droz. Born in 1721, he was considered one of the greatest designers and craftsman of the eighteenth century, thus making his mark in the history of watchmaking.
Fast forward to the 21st century, in a bid to grow the brand, Jaquet Droz became part of Swatch Group in 2000. After the move, the market increased steadily and to keep up with the growing demand, Jaquet Droz transferred to a new workshop in 2010, in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is in this workshop where the brand developed art workshops which helped preserve its ancestral skills. On many of today’s Jaquet Droz timepieces; sculpture, miniature painting, paillonne enamel and engraving are incorporated to act as a tribute to the meticulous craftsmen who began the brand.
Jaquet Droz has gone on to build a solid ground in Swatch Group’s luxury and prestige segment and below are some of the timepieces that stand out most in the collection:
1. Jaquet Droz Astrale Rattrapante 45mm
The Astrale Rattrapante is drawn from the Astrale collection. It comes in a 15.53mm thick and 45mm diameter polished 18kt gold case featuring a black “Grande Feu” enamel dial. The hands of the watch are made of pure gold and its numeral hour markers are white and in roman. With the aim of increasing visibility, the dial is black and the printed fractions, seconds and minutes of the second index track are also white. The watch has a 40-hour power reserve and contains 39 jewels in total. It retails at $32,800.
2. Lady 8 Mother of Pearl
This watch is part of the Lady 8 collection. The watch features a self-winding mechanical movement with its oscillating weight made of white gold treated with rhodium steel. Its 18-carat red gold hands are centered on a 35mm wide case. The mother of pearl has a power reserve of 68 hours and is water resistant up to thirty meters. It features a handmade alligator leather strap with a folding clasp made of 18-carat red gold set with 0.49 karat diamonds. The Lady 8 goes for $34,808.
3. Grande Seconde Ceramique Noire
This is one of the more unique Jaquet Droz watches with parts made out of ceramic. It features a large second sub dial with off centered minutes and hours. It also features a self-winding mechanical movement with an oscillating weight made out of 22 karats white gold with a black PVD finish. In its outward appearance, it has a case that is 44mm wide and 12.23mm thick, a strap made out of rubber and a stainless steel folding clasp with PVD finish. The hands are made of black gold with a red varnished tip. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The watch goes for a bargain price of $12,007.
4. Jaquet Droz Astrale Perpetual Calendar
The Perpetual Calendar is also from the Astrale collection. Its case is 44m wide and 13.53mm thick and is made out of ceramic. It features a black dial plate marked with white index hour markers. The outstanding characteristic of the Astrale perpetual calendar is its ability to calculate the dates automatically. The watch has a power reserve of 68 hours and contains 38 jewels. A new watch of its kind retails at $29,624.
5. Grande Seconde Tourbillon Ivory Enamel
The Tourbillon features a 39mm wide and 13.2mm thick case. The height is made of 18 karat gold. You do not have to worry about batteries with the watch as it features a self-winding tourbillon movement. The watch can hold power for up to 7 days and is 30 meters water resistant. Its dial is made out of ivory Grand Feu enamel and its hands gold. The Tourbillon has 38 jewels and a strap made of alligator leather. It retails at a costly $80,956.
6. Jaquet Droz Astrale Quantieme Perpetual Eclipse
The Quantieme Perpetual Eclipse is also from the Astrale collection and it features a 13.2mm thick and 43mm wide 18kt gold case. Its dial is made out of enamel and printed with black index hour markers. This watch can also automatically calculate dates and its hand are made out of gold. The feature that stands out in the watch is the eight stars and gold full moon on its dial. The timepiece has a power reserve of 68 hours and contains 34 jewels. The watch goes for $43,680.
7. Grande Seconde Quanitieme 43mm Mens Watch
The Grande Seconde Dual time uniqueness is brought about by having all its indications off centered in a case that’s 43mm wide and 13.13mm thick. On the dial, it has hands made out of red gold and a second time-zone hand made of blue steel. The Grande Seconde dual time has a power reserve of 65 hours, contains 42 jewels and is water resistant up to 30 meters. It goes for $14,600.
8. La Montre De Poche Email Ivoire – The Pocket Watch Grande Seconde 50mm
This is a classic pocket watch that has a case that is 50mm wide and 12.07mm thick. Its hands and chain are both made out of 18 karats yellow gold. It features off-centered hours and minutes and a large seconds subdial. The La Montre has a power reserve of 40 hours and retails at $21,294.
9. Grande Seconde Sunstone
The Sunstone features a large seconds subdial and off centered minutes and hours. Its case is 39mm wide and 11.52mm thick and made out of 18 karats red gold. On its sunstone sub dial, it has hands made out of 18 karats red gold. The Sunstone has more than thirty jewels; it is water resistant up to thirty meters and has a power reserve of 68 hours. Its alligator leather strap has an 18-carat red gold ardillion buckle. A new watch of its kind goes for $19,953.
10. The Charming Bird
The charming bird boasts of a unique dial that is hand painted and engraved. On the dial, there is an 18 karat gold ring and an onyx minutes and hours sub-dial. The hands are made of 18 karats red gold. All its indications are off centered. It features an 18 karat red gold case that is 47mm wide and 15.75mm wide and has a power reserve of 38 hours. Its black alligator leather strap has an 18 Karats folding clasp to fasten it. This unique watch retails for a whopping $319,200.