Jaquet Droz just unveiled a new edition of its enchanting “Bird Repeater” automaton chiming watch. This piece has a special Geneva theme, with symbols of the Swiss city on a white mother-of-pearl dial, in a red gold case.
The Geneva themed dial brings together the work of engravers, painters, and enamelers in representing Lake Geneva, its famous Jet d’Eau fountain and lighthouse (Le Phare des Pâquis) as well as the silhouette of the Salève, the pre-Alpine peak considered the city’s “balcony.” Geneva is where Pierre Jaquet-Droz opened the city’s first clockmaking manufacture in 1784 and, at the same time, introduced the production of timepieces featuring grand complications. More prominent on the dial are a pair of elegant goldfinches, hand-sculpted in gold with brightly colored plumage. In the nest sit their two young and a hatching egg. All created by the hands of very, very skilled artisans!