How many watch brands get to celebrate 275 years of history? Not many (understatement of the day!). But Jaquet Droz, first established in 1738, can and is celebrating its 275 years of history this year with a world tour showcasing some of the brand’s most intriguing antique and modern timepieces. The exhibit has already made stops in Moscow, Basel, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau — and now it is the U.S.A.’s turn.
The Jaquet Droz “Enchanted Journey” Exhibit is opening at the end of this month, at The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas. There is a Tourbillon Boutique there, in fact it is the Swatch Group’s largest Tourbillon boutique in the world. Tourbillon Boutiques are a retail concept conceived, developed, and owned by the Swatch Group to showcase its prestige brands (Breguet, Harry Winston, Glashütte Original, et al.).
The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater — A Superlative Piece of Art and Time
Limited Edition 8 pieces ($493,500)
The exhibit opens to the public from September 30 to November 12, and exclusively on the opening day a Jaquet Droz’ master artist will be demonstrating the art of hand engraving and miniature painting on watch dials.
Check out all of my prior coverage of Jaquet Droz, and you’ll see why I think this is definitely worth a visit if you are in Vegas, or looking for a reason to visit. Hope to check it out myself and if I do I’ll be sure to report (as with my last two visits to Vegas, for this, then this)!
This beautiful trio of limited edition watches from Jaquet Droz puts on display the art of paillonné enamelling. What is paillonné enamelling? The Paillonné technique consists in tucking a piece of foil – a “paillon” – between two layers of enamel. In this trio – a 43mm Grande Seconde, a 39mm Petite Heure Minute, and a 50mm pocket watch — the pieces exhibit a deep blue grand feu enamel dial decorated with gold foil (paillons) baked into the enamel, to great visual effect.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde is immediately identifiable by its two off-centered dials which form a figure eight; in 2008, Jaquet Droz launched the Grande Seconde SW, a sportier version of the Grande Seconde. This new model being introduced in 2014 is distinguished by an anthracite grey, Côtes de Genève decorated dial. This is not the first time we have seen a dial with Geneva striping from Jaquet Droz (e), but it is less complicated than this Jaquet Droz tourbillon with striped dial, and an all-around good looking watch.
At Baselworld 2013, Jaquet Droz (part of Swatch Group’s prestige portfolio along with Breguet, Glashutte, etc.) unveiled two new versions of its beautiful Grand Second Quantieme. The Grand Second Quantieme was first launched in 2011, a “grand second” in stainless steel with date display (shown below). This year’s new models — with chocolate brown or blue dials finished with vertical Geneva striping — look exquisite.
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