Pierre Jaquet-Droz was an 18th century watchmaker famous for elaborate animated figures or automata. Today Jaquet Droz continues this legacy, including watches incorporating miniature automata as a key part of their elegant collection.

INTRODUCING: The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph

The Grande Seconde is perhaps Jaquet Droz's most recognisable design, with an outsize second hand and characteristic figure 8 layout that you can spot from across a room. It's also a versatile design that's been called into service for a range of complications. But never a chronograph. Until this week's release of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph.  This release isn't just a single watch, but rather a fully formed collection. There's a nice limited version, and a brace of…

INTRODUCING: Jaquet Droz's Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic

In the last few years, skeletonised watches have undergone a renaissance. Once overly designed and overwrought, at some point this distinctive genre segued from niche to very nice indeed. And Jaquet Droz's Skelet-One is a great example of this new breed. Clean and simple, rather than ornate, is the name of the game for this less-is-more take on the classic Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde figure-eight dial layout. Last year we had a look at the Skelet-One in gold, and now…

INTRODUCING: The Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower and the Lady 8 Petite

Back in the 18th century, Pierre Jaquet-Droz wowed the courts of Europe with his Automates – three humanoid dolls, about one-third life-sized, that could variously write, draw and play music with uncannily lifelike gestures. Intended to promote his clocks and watches, and powered by scaled-up versions of mechanical watch movements, they were a stroke of marketing genius – as well as a remarkable demonstration of his skills. Eighteen years ago, when Swatch Group revived Jaquet Droz, it harnessed that legacy…

HANDS-ON: The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog

You'd be forgiven if you missed the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog when it was released at Baselworld as a novelty piece as part of the brand's Ateliers d'Art collection. However, once you've seen it, it truly is hard to forget. The JD PHM Relief Dog was created specifically to celebrate The Year of the Dog, which is the eleventh of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. Now,…

VIDEO: A different sort of Jaquet Droz – the Astrale Grande Heure Minute 

Jaquet Droz is a brand that has built its reputation on incredible automata and extravagant finishing. Fluttering birds, delicate miniature painting, and exquisite handcrafts are all par for the course for the brand. Which is why this watch, the Astrale Grande Heure Minute, was such a surprise. It's no less beautiful, but much more spartan in its style. In fact, besides two hands, some tiny hour markers and some words, there's hardly anything on this dial at all. This Astrale…

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