Each family is driven by a common pursuit of life and enthusiasm, so as to continue to grow and develop. This has been the case in the days of Pierre Jaquet-Droz. He studied clockmaking with his elders in the family, and later worked with his father-in-law and his son Henri-Louis, combining superb mechanical technology with avant-garde watchmaking concepts.
After 280 years, the Jaquet Droz workshop still adhered to the same spirit and returned to the birthplace of the family-La Chaux-de-Fon. Here, all the master craftsmen of the brand did their best, and it took three years of secret research and development to jointly create an extraordinary masterpiece-ParrotRepeaterPocketWatch, in honor of the 280th anniversary of the Jaquet Droz brand.
This ingenious work is made of only one piece, combining all the techniques of Jaquet Droz in the same pocket watch. Watchmaking and decorative arts unite. ParrotRepeaterPocketWatch follows the automatic doll technology pioneered by Pierre Jaquet-Droz and now pushes it to a whole new level of technology, creativity and art.
This veritable masterpiece of art depicts a naturalistic landscape that was born. Jaquet Droz’s beloved bird shines in the dial. Birds are popular for their romantic temperament and pleasant singing voices, and chanted on the brand’s prestigious series of bird repeaters (BirdRepeater).
The macaw was chosen as the protagonist for his colorful feathers. In this work, a pair of macaws are looking after three chicks. All five parrots can move: the left parrot can move all over, and the right parrot can swing its head. The first fledgling broke out, and the other fluttered back and forth. The family has always been a favorite creative subject of Jaquet Droz. This parrot house is nestled in a lush forest of vines and hibiscus. A bird of paradise walks leisurely; a tiger drinks water at the foot of an active waterfall. At 6 o’clock on the bottom of the mother-of-pearl dial, another tiger is visible, with two gold hands running upstream of the dial.
Jaquet Droz uses all the techniques to create a vivid and realistic picture. Micro-drawing technology presents the bright colors of lush plants. Micro-engraving technology gives each pattern a three-dimensional and deep sense. The branches, parrots and bird’s nests are all gold intarsia, first drawn and formed, and then hand-applied to the dial. The delicate and delicate traditional inlaying process makes the edges of the red gold dial brightly iridescent.
The case is fully protected by two case covers. On the case back, a macaw is painted with the Great Fire Enamel painting technique, and the foil is embellished. This technique does not use traditional pigments, but draws from real enamel. It requires manual grinding of the enamel into extremely fine powder, which is then mixed with oil instead of water. This innovative preparation process is used to make micro-paintings, which are then placed in a kiln and fired like a big fire enamel. Later, the craftsman manually covered the foil with a protective glaze (translucent enamel) for the work, fired it in a kiln again, and polished it by hand.
The dial cover is decorated with large enamel vines and tropical leaves, and is embellished with precious stones. With the climbing green plants stretching upwards, the subtle movement on the dial is looming and fascinating. This double-sided structure can be appreciated on both sides of the hand-painted watch box specially designed for the ParrotRepeaterPocketWatch. Inside the watch box, the pocket watch is suspended on a red gold chain and rotates freely.
The two case springs in the pocket watch allow the two case covers to be opened separately. The mechanism for hanging the pocket watch on the chain is set at 12 o’clock, which includes two patented inventions of Jaquet Droz: the first is the way of opening the case cover, and the second is the watch at 12 o’clock Crown, this is a new device designed by Jaquet Droz for this type of automatic doll.
This pocket watch is equipped with a unique mechanical movement in the fine watch industry-a minute repeater automatic doll movement with a church bell sound spring. This movement contains 668 parts. The pull pin at 9 o’clock can activate the automatic doll and the hour, minute and minute alarm functions at the same time. The parrot repeater pocket watch (ParrotRepeaterPocketWatch) is full of vitality and continues to carry forward the ingenious arts and crafts invented by Jaquet Droz 280 years ago.