Jaquet Droz Signing Machine

Unveiled at Baselworld 2018 by luxury Swiss watch manufacture Jaquet Droz, the Signing Machine required four years of development.

The revelation of “The Signing Machine” is a milestone, and part of the brand’s 280th anniversary celebrations – an event highly anticipated by collectors, who were treated to a first glimpse of The Signing Machine in 2014.

It is a continuation of the Pierre Jaquet-Droz legacy of creating mechanical marvels – unique pieces able to mimic the living with a masterful stroke of magic and mystery.  The Writer, The Musician and The Draughtsman, his automatons currently on display at the Neuchâtel Museum of Art and History, laid the foundation for an art that has crossed centuries and continents, from the Royal Court of Spain to the Imperial Court of China, via Paris, London, Geneva and Moscow.

The Signing Machine presented at Baselworld 2018 is the subject of two patent applications and takes inspiration from both The Writer and The Draughtsman. The automaton’s movement has been reworked for fluidity, carrying out perfect, more consistent signatures. It now displays the power reserve allowing it to complete two full signatures before having to be wound by a lever located on the side of the Machine. Together, 585 parts operate within an extremely complex mechanism that is entirely assembled and finished by hand.

The programming of the signature – or the mechanical coding of its imprint over three cams – is also carried out entirely by hand. The signature reproduced by the Machine is thus unique and personal. It can only be activated by unlocking a 4-digit code chosen by the user, who also selects the majority of the decorative elements of his or her Machine, keeping with the philosophy of Jaquet Droz to create truly unique objects of art, executed by hand within its workshops.

The piece, polished and satin-finished, and finished with hand-engraved red gold or blackened hard wood, has been designed to be portable and will come with a leather pouch.

Technical details
Model: Signing Machine (Automata Collection)
Numerus Clausus: Personalized unique piece

Movement 
JAQUET DROZ MAS, mechanical movement hand-wound by a sliding block, personalized signature, locked by a 4-digit code, power reserve indicator in an aperture. 495 components.
8 jewels
Power Reserve: 2 signatures

Pen
Hand-polished and satin-brushed stainless steel pen
Refillable black or blue ink
Diameter 9.8 mm
Height 81.5 mm

Case
Reference: J899.000.062
Hand-polished and satin-brushed stainless steel case
Hand-engraved decorative inserts in 18-karat red gold
Dimensions 158 x 82 mm
Height 21 mm
Engraved signature on a plate on the cover
Not water-resistant

Reference J899.000.064
Hand-polished and satin-brushed stainless steel case
Inlaid decoration made from darkened and varnished pearwood veneer
Dimensions 158 x 82 mm
Height 21 mm
Engraved signature on a plate on the cover
Not water-resistant

 

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