Founder of Jaquet Droz legacy, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790) was the first watchmaker to introduce a singing bird on a pocket watch – a virtuoso complication also used as an ornament on snuffboxes and other objets d'art. True to this spirit, the brand recently presented two exceptional models with miniature automata that combine the best of its Ateliers d’Art: the "Bird Repeater" and the "Charming Bird," which was awarded the Mechanical Exception prize at the 2015 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève).
The brand's craftsmen have reinvented the cult dial of the Grande Seconde and its tutelary 8, devoting the upper section to displaying the hour and minutes and the bottom to a veritable singing bird, a small wonder housed within a sapphire crystal dome. Jaquet Droz now reaffirms this effort by unveiling a unique version of the "Charming Bird," in which the dial is adorned with delicate mother-of-pearl for a captivating and refined aesthetic.
This is the case not only for the tit bird, a truly miniaturized sculpture, but also for the entirely hand-decorated movement and the background of the dial, in which hand-painted and engraved mother-of-pearl evoke the landscape of the Swiss countryside, a historic Jaquet Droz motif.