Jaquet Droz La Machine à Ecrire le Temps: The Time Writing Machine

The most beautiful creations have the power to endure over Time, retaining their power to astonish and delight century after century. As only creative geniuses can, the Manufacture Jaquet Droz has never stopped striving to surprise, amaze and inspire dreams since its founding.

Time is the ultimate luxury, the one thing that humans most desire. It is the rarest of all luxuries, even if it seems to be the most easily shared. Fleeting and elusive, Time marches on at a pace governed by no man. Eternally fascinated, mesmerised, men have always made passionate attempts to find a way to suspend its flow.  They have measured Time using a broad array of instruments – sun dials, water clocks, hourglasses, cumbersome clocks and slim pocket watches – devised by ingenious minds obsessed by a common desire to transcribe the passing moment and, since time cannot be stopped, at least to attest its existence.

Starting in the late 18th century, the spectacular automata – The Writer, The Musician and The Draftsman – breathed new life into man’s fascination with the idea of constructing an artificial human. These fabulous devices immediately won over Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the French court at Versailles, before conquering the other royal courts of Europe.

Ever since, the Manufacture’s philosophy has remained unchanged. It aims to endow these objects with every superior quality so that their possessors will gaze at them in wonder, year after year. It applies these demanding standards to technical performance and time-keeping complications as well as its aesthetic choices. This perpetual quest for excellence gave birth to La Machine à Ecrire le Temps.
More than two centuries after impressing the crowned heads of Europe, Jaquet Droz offers the early 21st century a masterpiece that, thanks to its ingenious craftsmen, brings man’s ultimate dream to life: to literally record the march of Time.

This masterpiece is containing more than 1,400 stainless steel and aluminium components, including:
– 120 ball bearings
– 50 cams, including 33 for the time writing
– 9 belts
– 27 stainless steel springs, of which 2 for the energy of the mechanism

A simple touch activates the clever mechanism: it is equipped with a stylus to mark the present time in hours and minutes. This wondrous object features a system converting analogue time – as indicated by the hands of a watch – into mechanical digital time.

Hand-winding mechanical movement, 8 days power reserve

Aluminium and glass,Dimensions (without cage):405 x 213 x 267 mm

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