Jaquet Droz is known for crafting striking high-end timepieces for the more artistic eye, but the watchmaker has outdone itself with its most recent Tropical Bird Repeater.
The new timepiece is truly a blend of aesthetic and mechanical artistry. It’s the third iteration of the Bird Repeater, and the most evocative. The La Chaux-de-Fonds manufactured creation boasts a beautiful mother of pearl dial with a hand-engraving and intricately painted forest scene.
The Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater celebrates the beauty of animals and nature in honor of company founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz’ passion for the natural world. When Jaquet-Droz started his workshop in 1738, he quickly became known for his beautiful mechanical singing birds and pocket watches. Tellingly, the sylvan scene appears to nearly leap beyond the confines of the dial.
The creator’s influence is truly on display when the minute repeater function is activated. All seven animated mechanical components create a montage of movement that includes a flowing waterfall, moving peacock tail feathers, and beating bird wing.
In addition to hand-decorated art and incredible mechanical automations, the 18k red gold watch boasts 60 hours of power reserve. The Jaquet Droz RMA89 hand-wound minute repeater movement is freely displayed via the sapphire caseback.
Complete with 86 jewels, the Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater is available for $660,000.