Jaquet Droz: Nearly 300 Years Of Beautiful Horological History In One Place

What appeals to Elizabeth Doerr about Jaquet Droz is that within the Swatch Group’s 190 separate companies (including 18 marques), the brand operates very much like an independent watchmaker and its artful timepieces reflect this. Here she goes deep into the history of one of the Swatch Group’s oldest brand names.

MB&F Kelys and Chirp Blue

Turtles And Singing Birds: A Brief Historical Perspective On Automata Featuring MB&F, Raul Pagès, And Jaquet Droz (With Videos)

MB&F rarely introduces objets d’art so visibly rooted in horology as Kelys & Chirp: the Geneva-based independent watchmaker generally specializes in exotic and futuristic shapes. Kelys & Chirp doesn’t tell the time: it is an automaton – and most automata grew from advances made in horology in the 1600s.

Jaquet Droz Tropical Repeater

Jaquet Droz Goes Paradise Lush With The Extraordinary Tropical Bird Repeater (With Video)

Jaquet Droz draws on its long history in automata to continue the line of what is certainly the brand’s most complicated work of art in the modern era, creating what is basically a short film: ‘The Jungle Book’ comes alive on the new Tropical Bird Repeater’s dial!

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprite for Only Watch 2017

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprite For Only Watch 2017: The Beauty Of Simplicity And Rarity

The ultra-clean styling reflecting Jaquet Droz’s typical figure eight dial thematic, which symbolizes infinity and completeness, glows against the backdrop of a rich red mineral dial on the unique piece Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprite for Only Watch 2017.

Breguet Classique Tradition Dame

Give Me Five! 5 Off-Center Classics With Asymmetrical Awesomeness!

While “normal” classic watches feature the hours, minutes, and perhaps even seconds in the center of the dial, some timepieces step out of line with off-center indications. Check out these five modern classics introduced in 2017 with interesting off-center configurations.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Opal

Shrouded In Mystery And Fire: Opals In Jaquet Droz And Piaget Timepieces

I had never really paid much attention to opals before, but upon closer inspection I realized this gemstone is extraordinary – shrouded in mystery and well worth learning more about. Looking at an opal is like looking at fireworks or even looking into a galaxy. And two Swiss watch brands specialize in using the fiery gemstone in watches: Jaquet Droz and Piaget.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird

Jaquet Droz’s Watchmaking Master Class: An Intensely Beautiful, Artistic 16-Minute Film

Jaquet Droz’s history is long, but this gorgeous film is thankfully short – and visually stunning. It begins with a depiction of Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s historical feats, which really took off with the famous automata, and follows with beautiful images of the brand’s modern timepieces as well as an artistic look into the métiers d’art workshop.

This A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst was Sotheby’s seventh best performer in the June 2017 auction

Interesting Results For Sotheby’s Spring 2017 ‘Important Watches’ Sale: Richard Mille, A. Lange & Söhne, And Multiple Greubel Forseys In Top Ten

Sotheby’s June 2017 Important Watches sale in New York City took in $7.4 million. That’s not a sum to be sneezing at for 310 lots sold, with a sell-through rate of 84.2 percent. I was pleased to see that the top ten list of performers at this auction included Richard Mille and Greubel Forsey in addition to Patek Philippe.

Konstantin Chaykin Joker on the wrist

Baselworld 2017 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like

Please join our traditional Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2017, where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at at the world’s largest annual watch exhibition.

Akrivia AK-06

Quill & Pad Team Members Pick Their Top 5 Watches From Baselworld 2017 Plus Special Mentions And Biggest Surprises. Warning: Modem-Burning Photo Fest!

The year 2017 wasn’t just good for both interesting and exciting new wristwatches at Baselworld: I’d go so far to rate it as a vintage year. This article started as a pure Top 5 rundown, but the sheer number of superb watches soon had us reaching for our “Special Mention” over spill. And that’s all without the really big surprises. So without further ado, welcome to our team’s top picks of Baselworld 2017.