Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet-Droz announces The Bird Repeater, an exceptional master piece of horology that set to create a milestone in the field of traditional watchmaking. This highly complicated timepiece from the LES ATELIERS D’ART collection will be produced in limited edition of 8 pieces only.
Jaquet Droz adds a new dimension to mankind’s age-old dream of flying and pushes back the boundaries of Haute Horlogerie with The Bird Repeater. This exceptional timepiece, conceived by the craftsmen of the House, blends the history, know-how and imaginative power of Jaquet Droz in a way as precious as it is original.
In a stunning visual show, The Bird Repeater represents two Blue Tits, symbolic of Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s native Jura region, together over the nest containing their fledglings. In another nod to the origins of the Manufacture, the Saut du Doubs waterfall also figures on the dial of this new horological treasure. Fully animated by a mechanism of unequalled complexity, this three-dimensional picture truly comes to life. While one of the birds bobs to give a beakful of food to its offspring, the wings of its companion spread to reveal their delicate shades of color. An egg in the middle of the nest opens to reveal a chick, while the water of the stream flows in a continuous cascade.
The Bird Repeater is an authentic automaton, with a cam system inherited directly from the century of Enlightenment, and it calls upon the resources of all the decorative crafts. Jaquet Droz engravers and painters have worked together to produce the yellow, blue, white and deep black of the birds’ plumage, the perfectly balanced volumes and the finely detailed wisps of grass forming the nest. To achieve the realism of this scene no less than eight different animation mechanisms act in synchronism: the movement of the birds’ heads and wings, the movement of the fledglings, the hatching of the egg, the sparkle of the flowing water.
The Bird Repeater proudly houses one of haute horlogerie’s most virtuoso complications: Minute Repetition. Simply pressing the pushbutton makes the watch strike the hours, quarters and minutes and sets the wonderful animated sequences in motion. The resonance and mellow tone of its cathedral gong, generated by two turns around the mechanism, are equaled only by the complexity of the system of chimes incorporated in the gold case, 47 mm in diameter and only 18.4 mm thick.
The Bird Repeater, made up of 508 separate components, has a 48-hour power reserve, and is available in two versions, one in grey gold set with diamonds and the other in red gold, each one in a limited edition of just 8 pieces.
Reference: J031033200, Numerus Clausus of 8
Jaquet Droz RMA88, minute repeater hand-winding mechanical movement, single barrel
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 69 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 18,000 v.p.h
18-carat red gold, diameter Ø 47 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Hand engraved and painted mother-of-pearl, black onyx center. Hand engraved and painted birds
18-carat red gold
Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap
18-carat red gold folding clasp