Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Increasingly, watchmakers are trying to reach that important female demographic. Advertising campaigns for much of 2014 from major watch brands will heavily appeal to women, and more and more brands are looking to reach women watch lovers online. I suppose they feel that us men are already well served? While it is true that men and women tend to differ in what appeals to them about watches, each is an important market. What many people don’t know is that some of your favorite men’s watchmakers make most of their money by selling ladies watches. The best selling watch at Rolex? A two-tone ladies’ Datejust. Patek Philippe makes pretty amazing and complicated timepieces for men but their most important sales segment is diamond-decorated quartz watches for women. In a sense, many of the most interesting men’s watches are funded by timepieces for women.

What defines a “dive watch?” If you look for the most literal interpretation, you’re very likely to find ISO 6425, which outlines a strict set of globally defined guidelines for durability, functionality, and legibility, finally regulating what can and cannot be formally known as a real “dive watch.” Along the same lines but for aviator watches, Sinn has just announced the debut of DIN 8330 — a new German industry standard spearheaded by the watchmaker, and anchored by a trio of new pilot sequences, purpose-built and officially certified to be functionally safe and dependable from the cockpit. Here, we’ve got a formal aviator’s equal to the DIN and ISO standards which have long dominated other tropical realms of purpose-built watchmaking. At the risk of oversimplifying things, consider it as the ISO 6425 of bunny watches, open to any German watchmaker for consideration.The ink was barely dry on TESTAF’s introduction in 2012 when Sinn started campaigning for a stronger industry-wide DIN benchmark for all pilot watches. However, executing this required widespread alliance from German governing bodies and the industry as a whole — especially, consultation by Lufthansa Cargo, Airbus Helicopters, and other German watchmakers such as Stowa, Hanhart, and Glashütte Original; afterward help from risk management company DNV GL who informed the certification criteria and process; and ultimately, the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen who functioned as the testing institute. The final result is a truly collaborative set of criteria that ultimately governs all German aviator watches deployed in professional and civilian air traffic equally.

So we try to cover interesting women’s watches from time to time. The types of pieces that we might like to wear if we happened to wake up one morning and find that we suddenly represented the fairer sex. This is the 2013 Lady 8 watch by Jaquet Droz. I know what you are thinking… yes, another timepieces that revolves around the “lucky number 8” which seems to do so well in Chinese cultures. Yes, it is true that “8 themed” watches do well in China, but you don’t need to care much at all about the number (or what word it may sounds like) to appreciate this collection.

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you don’t know why the watch is called the Lady 8 then perhaps you haven’t given it a close enough look. The entire case is shaped in a figure eight style design, which also happens to be the overall look of the dial on Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton Replica Grande Seconde collection timepieces. Here rather than the dial, the entire case shape features the design. The case is also slightly curved to fit over one’s wrist easily, which is a nice touch.

Available in steel, 18k white gold, or 18k red gold, the case is 35mm wide at its widest point. Depending on the version, the case is decorated with various amounts of diamonds or brown garnet stones (for the red gold version), and a unique material is used for the smaller part of the “8.” This is actually one of the most interesting and tactile elements of the design.

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

That stated, the Sinn EZM 12 Air Rescue is probably one of Sinn’s most esoteric tool watches yet, made through direct input in the elite German Air Rescue group, who required three timekeeping elements unique to EMS. Every one of these elements represent a different interval as it regards triage and prey care: an internal rotating count-up bezel for measuring the first ten minutes after birth (the above “platinum ten”), an outside rotating countdown bezel for measuring the “golden hour,” or the span of time by which arrival at a hospital or stopping blood loss offers the best chance of success, and a pulsometer integrated in the seconds hand with a corresponding graduated scale.It’s an awful lot to take in, and it ultimately yields a pretty busy dialup, but if you look carefully, you can view all the various scales and their various reference points, cleanly laid out to remind the wearer that critical patients want treatment and transportation in the first ten minutes, along with any patient should arrive in a hospital within an hour of the crash. Simple, right?Now, how closely a flight medic will be able to track all this while at the chaos of a injury incident is probably a legitimate question, but it does little to change the fact that this is still an exceptionally cool, perfectly legible view — at least under the bright lights of the conference hall. That said, the PulsRotor seconds hand is likely to be the watch’s most underrated feature. In static images, the seconds hand looks cool, but with all four points rotating at once, it may take a little getting used to. To be honest, putting a pulsometer whose scale only utilizes half of the dial on a three-handed watch is pretty smart, but to pull it off, you do need a running moments hand that has repeating indexes on the standard 15-second basis of dimension — that, in this case, happens to conveniently look a good deal like a helicopter rotor.

One of the newest Jaquet Droz Legend Geneva Replica Grande Seconde Tourbillon watches from the boutique Swiss watch maker (that is probably the smallest and most unique high-end brand under the Swatch Group umbrella) is this eight-piece limited edition reference J013033242 Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée you see here. I last covered another version of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon watch here in 2015. I get more into a technical discussion of the base watch in that article, but I’ll touch on the major points again here and focus on the paillonnée enamel technique used to decorate the dial.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What is important to mention is that over the last several years Jaquet Droz Watch Wiki Replica has invested rather heavily in not only bringing many of these artistic decorative techniques in-house (as opposed to using outside artists and craftspeople), but also in rediscovering lost techniques which were used in the past to create much of the beautiful enamel work on pocket watches and other items from a few hundred years ago.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It isn’t the case that someone can simply look at an antique pocket watch and immediately know how it was made. So much technique has been lost over the ages – even in those instances when the tools and even technical drawings are available. It might be the epitome of a first-world problem (or “Swiss dilemma,” as I call it), but there are people in the watch and luxury industry in general who dedicate much of their time and careers to learning how people made things in the past.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This search for lost techniques and processes to create art really began in the world of restoration. People needed to restore old art to look newer again, and in many instances there simply aren’t a lot of clues to go by. Autodidacts of the most brilliant caliber have been able to reinvent some amazing things. In the watch industry, where “old” is often the new “new,” the spirit of rediscovering the past is a deep part of the culture of many brands. Perhaps especially at companies like Jaquet Droz whose namesake died a few hundred years ago.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Going back to the watch, the face that frames the figure eight-style dials is decorated with what they call a paillonnée enameling technique. Here we have a surface that is textured, painted, and then set with a series of solid gold “paillons” that together create an attractive geometric pattern. These small gold appliques are currently produced in-house by Jaquet Droz, as no one else apparently has the skills to make them any more. In all likelihood, traditional ones from the past were produced using a casting technique. Jaquet Droz even admits that some of their first modern paillonnée enameling watches use original paillons from the past which they were able to recover in various ways. Eventually, they needed to produce new ones and currently do so in-house in small batches.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I’ve personally visited Jaquet Droz’s small, albeit impressive “artistic technique” studio which looks like a combination between a research and development lab and an art restoration studio. Techniques and styles are tested to see about the best way of recreating this and other lost art which we can enjoy in new watches. It’s a lot of little details, but something worth knowing about when considering a watch priced at over $100,000. That is a lot of money, but there are certainly worse ways to spend it on a luxury timepiece.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The paillonnée enamel technique with is gold paillons set against blue enamel frames the figure eight display for the time which marks the Jaquet Droz 1000m Replica Grande Seconde collection. It’s proven to be quite attractive and is a hallmark of the modern Jaquet Droz brand since its reintroduction in the year 2000. Of course, the irony here (as I’ve mention in the past) is that the seconds indicator (which is also the tourbillon display) is smaller than the hour and minute dial so it is not technically a “grand seconds.” That name applies more accurately to the non-tourbillon versions of this design where the seconds indicator is below (and larger), and the top of the figure eight is the dial for the hour and minutes (which is smaller).

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dials are framed by an 18k red gold figure eight, which matches the 18k red gold case. The watch is intentionally bold, even though it is more dressy in its style at 43mm wide (13.1mm thick) – which, for me, is an ideal size since what you are really showing off here is the art of the dial. One of Jaquet Droz’s wonderful rolled-side alligator straps (in blue) perfectly compliments the dial color. The composition of the watch is truly top-notch (assuming the overall style appeals to you, as it does myself).

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I like how Jaquet Droz The Writer Replica chose to go for a semi-transparent window to the tourbillon. You can see it through the dial, but it isn’t brazenly exposed. It is a more subtle way of showing off a tourbillon, and I think it is a style many people will appreciate (again, despite the high cost of this status timepiece). Inside the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée is the caliber 25JD automatic tourbillon movement, exclusive to Jaquet Droz. It has a full seven days of power reserve operating at 3Hz (21,600bph). You can see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback window, and there you’ll also see the attractive blue lapis lazuli applique set into the otherwise 18k red gold automatic rotor.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Clearly, I have a soft spot for modern watches that attempt to recreate the majestic artistic density of antique timepiece creations that I fawn over in museum settings. Brands like Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Cuprite Replica have a rich history to pull from, but in reality, the entire watch industry has literally several hundred years of incredible designs and artistic techniques to inspire them. Modern tastes and industrial practices prevent most of the historic hand-done art to be used on today’s watches, but it is nice to know that at least some watches like the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée attempt to combine modern aesthetic considerations with artistic techniques that many people can continue to appreciate. I think Jaquet Droz blends the old and the new together quite well in watches like this, but they are quite limited in their production by nature. This reference J013033242 watch is produced as a limited edition of just 8 watches with a price of $119,200. jaquetdroz.com

My First Grail Watch: Manuel Emch My First Grail Watch

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The hour and minute hands of the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I are slim, might be described as leaf-shaped, and contrast well against the anthracite dial without obscuring the view. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock uses a matte disc to differentiate itself from the rest of the dial, also includes its own railroad track with Arabic numerals marking every 10th second. “Made in Germany” is displayed along the bottom of the dial to both sides of their small seconds counter, along with the Sinn branding and “Frankfurt Am Main” taking pride of place near 12 o’clock. Even at a glance, there can be no doubt that this is not a Swiss timepiece — a fact that’s being celebrated here instead of concealed.Through the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, the hand-wound grade UWD 33.1 is shown. This is the identical caliber that is featured in the previous rose gold 6200 Meisterbund Ipersonally, and it is at least as lovely here. Marco Lang of Lang & Heyne watches is the guy behind UWD — that also creates very finely finished watches in traditional German style — and his experience shows here. The movement is made from nickel silver (also called German Silver or Maillechort), which has a silver-like look when fresh but will tarnish a creamy yellowish with age. The caliber UWD 33.1 also comes equipped with a hacking seconds mechanism for exact time-setting, and can be anti-magnetic in accordance with DIN 8309 (roughly 4 800 A/M, or amperes per meter). The crown wheel and ratchet are additional sunburst-decorated by hand.

My First Grail Watch: Manuel Emch My First Grail Watch

Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, “My First Grail Watch.” In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we’re speaking with Manuel Emch, who, along with being a watch designer, was at the helm of Jaquet Droz, and is currently the CEO of Romain Jerome. He also has a relatively rare distinction as having designed what he identifies as being one of his grail watches.

aBlogtoWatch (ABTW): Who are you, and what is your relationship to the watch industry?

Manuel Emch (ME): My name is Manuel Emch and I was born and raised surrounded by watches. I come from a family of watchmakers and grew up in Grenchen, home of ETA headquarters. Needless to say, that the watch industry was imprinted in me from a very young age.

ABTW: When did your fascination with watches start?

ME: At the end of the 1970’s we went through a big crisis in the watchmaking industry. Most of my friend’s parents lost their jobs and it really put a toll on the area where I lived. The topic was permanently in everybody’s minds and it was difficult to ignore what was going on.

Therefore, I grew up with an ambivalent idea about watches and the business as it had put many people I knew in difficulty. To be quite frank, I really started to interest myself in watches when, as a teenager, my friends and I started to first trade and then collect Swatch watches. I was at the time mainly attracted by the artistic collection as I’ve always had a great passion for Contemporary Art.

From then, I continued to interest myself into more brands and designs. My first real foot in the industry was during an internship at Swatch in the design department in Milan during my design studies at Art Center, a design university.

ABTW: What was your first grail watch?

ME: To be honest, I always had my eye on the limited edition Swatch designed by Keith Haring. I have always loved Keith Haring’s work and therefore would have loved to have this particular watch in my collection.

ABTW: What drew you to this particular watch?

ME: I guess it was a mixture of things, the design of course, the artist himself and the exclusivity (only 1000 pieces made) of the timepiece as it was impossible for me to get this watch at that time.

ABTW: Was there ever a time in your life when you could afford it – and if so, did you get it?

ME: Affording the watch wasn’t the problem; it was being able to get my hands on it! It was a rare piece and only avid collectors were able to get this watch. In short, I have never gotten my first grail watch.

 ABTW: Since your first grail is so rare, have you moved on to something else?

ME: I did get my second grail watch; which I had the chance to design, the “Grande Seconde” from Jaquet Droz, as well as some watch icons such as the Speedmaster from Omega or a Daytona from Rolex.

I think that very few people can say that they were able to design and buy their own creation. So I can definitely say that I got my Grail and hope to get many more.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure One Hand GMT Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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Jaquet Droz Grande Heure One Hand GMT Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What I like about the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure GMT watch is that it has a rather self-explanatory appeal. I don’t need to discuss at length its technical merits or history to get you excited. What you have is a clever adaptation of the one-hand watch design mixed with the elegant simplicity of Jaquet Droz’s design ethos. Released as part of Jaquet Droz’s 2013 watch collection, the Grande Heure GMT offers a simple and practical approach to the two time zone dress watch.

Single hand watches aren’t too common, but they are more popular now than ever due to brands such as Meistersinger who produce them. The idea is that you have a watch with only an hour hand, and no minute hand. These can be in the form of traditional 12 hour dials, or in this case, a 24 hour dial. That means the single hour hand makes one full rotation each day. Time is read with the single hand as it travels between the hours as per normal. The approach is elegant and unique, but there is a clear trade off in precision. This means that you can’t really have to-the-minute precision. That is further diluted on a 24 hour dial such as this. You can see that there are five indicators between each hour. The one in the middle is clearly the half hour mark, and the two small dots don’t really refer to a specific moment in the hour that is easy to read (such as “1:45”). So basically, you have a dial that is precise to within about 10 minutes. If you need the exact minute, check your phone. If you are like me, then being on time within 10 minutes is something to be personally proud of.

This is a finely finished dress piece in precious metal — a cooperation between three German firms who each bring specialist skills to the table. The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I will be cased by the same manufacturer that provides A. Lange & Söhne, offers an architecturally intriguing movement produced by UWD, also displays a well-decorated yet legible dial feature of Sinn Spezialuhren. While it is up against some strong competition from fellow German (and of course Swiss) watchmakers at the price, I can envision 55 people enjoying the workmanship and watchmaking which goes into a piece like this.You do not need to reside in a family where the very first week of November is an observed holiday to appreciate the coming of Sinn’s annual “Jagduhr” (hunting watch) collection — this year taking the form of this Sinn Hunting Watch 3006. Hell, even if your “holy trinity” doesn’t occur to comprise Smith & Wesson or Cabela’s — you still may want to keep reading.Now in the fourth iteration of the yearly series, the recently announced Jagduhr 3006 Hunting Chronograph (or however you may decide to refer to it) brings a neat new complication to the mix: some luminescent, day/night moonphase as well as some 24-hour indicator, pointer date, along with also a full calendar — all of which should prove useful for anyone who might lose track of time whilst strapped to a tree, waiting for sport to wander in their scope.The Jagduhr series got its start on this fairly basic “Paul Parey” special edition 756, then continued with more rocky offerings, like last year’s entrance based on the U1000, or the previous season’s predicated on the 757 UTC pilot’s view — both of which, were basically re-skinned in green, and didn’t bring anything fresh complication-wise to the table.
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure One Hand GMT Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The trick here of course is that the Grande Heure GMT watch has two hands. Each is an hour hand, and that is probably worth knowing in advance to save you from being utterly confused as to what time it is when trying to use this fine looking timepiece. GMT watches offer two time zones, often with one hand showing time in a 24 hour format so that it can be readily determined whether it is AM or PM in the other time zone. Here you simple have two 24 hour hands… and no minutes.

Each of the hands is distinct in color. The main hand matches the 18k rose gold of the case, while the other hand is in blued steel. The large open dial serves as a gorgeous minimalist palette for showing off the long, properly sized hands. I am a sucker for long, thin hands and this design easily speaks to me due to its elegant, sophisticated look. It helps that the off-white ivory dial isn’t lacquered, but in true Jaquet Droz fashion, painted via a grand feu enamel technique.

A neat little trick that adds to the appeal is that if you want a truly one-handed watch you can have one with this watch. By simply aligning the two timezones to display the exact same time, you can hide the blue hands under the gold hand. They connect in a way that makes them appear as a single hand, which gives the Grande Heure GMT watch two different personalities.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure One Hand GMT Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure One Hand GMT Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The watch case itself is thankfully on the larger side being 43mm wide, again in 18k rose gold. That is the only material offered for now, but I suspect additional metals will be available in the future. The case is also rather thin, so it looks great on the wrist and sits comfortably. The thin bezel helps the watch look even larger, which helps show off the simple and attractive dial.

Inside the watch is the Jaquet Droz caliber 5N50.4 automatic movement with a power reserve of 68 hours. The automatic rotor is 22k gold as well, and the entire movement is visible through the case back window on the rear of the watch. Attached to the watch is a typically nice black alligator strap with those nice rolled edges that offer no visible stitching. I really love those types of straps.

While the Jaquet Droz Watches Wikipedia Replica Grande Heure GMT isn’t a complicated watch, it is surprisingly satisfying and stylistically very sharp. Priced “within the brand,” for those who like to bolster their collection with unique, yet very wearable pieces, this is an attractive offering. Price is $26,400. jaquet-droz.com

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

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While we may all feel like we know Sinn and have a handle on their overall taste, Baselworld 2016 revealed that Sinn remains capable of surprising and that their game isn’t exclusively tool sailors and hardcore pilot watches. In the elaborate 6200 Meisterbund to the somewhat rakishly handsome 910 Anniversary chronograph, Sinn’s 2016 Baselworld lineup has been an impressive pivot from their more common watch stylings.We’ll depart the 6200 for another post and focus on the sporty and stylish Sinn 910 Anniversary. Thickness is 15.5mm, using anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back protecting a nicely finished movement and a beautiful warm tan dial with black employed markers and reddish accents.With no date and two sub dials, dial symmetry is strong and the Sinn 910 Anniversary provides dual central seconds hands (for split second timing) and a 30-minute totalizator in the three. Using a highly altered ETA 7750 using a dual column wheel rattrapante module from La Joux-Perret, the Sinn 910 Anniversary functions like a traditional chronograph, however you may stop and reset the divide step via the pusher at 8 o’clock. This double chronograph performance is excellent for timing the results of two simultaneous events, such as the 1st and 2nd outcomes of a sprint, or just for playing with since you pass the time. Furthermore, given their comparative rarity and specialized engineering, a split second chrono is a cool way to pay tribute to Sinn’s anniversary.Despite its somewhat more classic form, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is spared bit of Sinn’s focus to robust engineering and technical specifics. Water resistant to the DIN 8310 criteria and 100M, the Sinn 910 Anniversary can be shock resistant and anti-magnetic into the guidelines created by DIN 8308 and 8309, respectively. The Sinn 910 Salon can also be low pressure immunity and its own crown and pushers utilize Sinn’s D3-System for a more integrated design that offers enhanced protection against knocks and the ingress of moisture and dust. As per usual with Sinn, there’s no half-assery available in the design and construct of the Sinn 910 Anniversary.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

It is funny how trends develop in the watch world, especially for relatively high-end, obscure complications. Once strange and relatively unique, the dead beat seconds complication is having a veritable renaissance perpetuated first by the more hip independent watch makers and now entering the mainstream of high luxury timepiece creations. For 2015, Jaquet Droz gets on the dead beat seconds hand wagon with a new version of the Grande Seconde called the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat.

What is a deadbeat seconds complication? For those who don’t already know, it is simply explained by saying that it is a ticking seconds hand in a mechanical watch. Ticking seconds hands are normally reserved for quartz watches – at least that is how they are known in more modern watches. Historically, however, ticking seconds hands existed on certain high precision clocks sometimes known as regulator clocks. These clocks were used in scientific labs or to help regulate the time of other clocks. Ticking seconds hands make it much easier to count the seconds when that is important. Recently, thanks to brands like Arnold & Son, the dead seconds hand (which has other names as well) has been popping up more frequently, and watching them in action is far more elegant than seeing ticking seconds hands on quartz watches.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

The 2015 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat takes the familiar look of the Grande Seconde watch collection and adds a ticking central seconds hand. This is actually an evolution on the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme (hands-on here), because it also includes an indicator dial for the date. I have to admit that the balance of the dial, well at least the elegance, is thrown off a bit, given the inclusion of a central seconds hand. The grace of the core Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watch dial look is the figure eight layout with the hours and minutes on top and the seconds below. While this execution is fine, it would seem to have been a more “pure” Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde with the removal of the date dial and the larger subdial for the seconds being the deadbeat seconds indicator.

Nevertheless, that suggestion may have not resulted in the optimal visual experience to fully appreciate the dead beat seconds hand – which is best experienced when it takes up an entire dial. Inside the watch is the exclusive for Jaquet Droz caliber 2695SMR automatic movement that contains a silicon hairspring and power reserve of 40 hours, operating at 3Hz. The lower-than-anticipated power reserve is likely due to the extra power necessary for the “jumping seconds hand.” The movement further features the newer automatic rotor design and movement decoration we are seeing in more and more Jaquet Droz watches.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

For its debut model, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat will come as the reference J008033200 in 18k red gold, with a grand feu enamel dial. The case is 43mm wide and 13.79mm thick. We continue to love the rolled alligator straps that Jaquet Droz pairs with many of their timepieces. For 2015, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat watch will be limited to 88 pieces (surprise, surprise on the number) and will be priced between about $30,000 – $35,000. jaquet-droz.com

SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

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SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

I can’t really think of another time when I found a 3:40 am wake-up feel any easier than it did just a couple of days ago. On this cold Budapest morning I got up as fresh as scarcely ever before, checked all my gear one last time – laptop, camera, chargers, lenses, flash, memory cards, batteries – and finally set off to have what I would call “my first watch exhibition experience.” My destination was the 2013 SalonQP fine watch exhibition, held between the 7th and 9th of November, in the Saatchi Gallery in the fabulous city of London. Saying that I was excited would be a massive understatement. Although I was familiar with this annual event – we at aBlogtoWatch have covered it several times – the thought of seeing so many special watches “in the metal,” at the same place, at the same time had me counting down the days and weeks before the event started.

SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

Part of the list of exhibitors placed just by the elevators; The Fine Watch Room with its main exhibition piece in the centre and another gallery still in construction. Exterior image of the gallery from Saatchi Gallery.

Before we begin to discuss the highlights of the show, allow me to briefly describe SalonQP for those who have not had the pleasure of attending before. It is an exhibition dedicated to fine watches and is hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in downtown London. This beautiful gallery was entirely reserved for all three days of the show and this meant that one could visit exhibitors on all three floors with booths set up in more than a dozen smaller and larger halls. The first of the three days was dedicated to an invitation-only VIP reception, held from 6pm until 10pm. Nonetheless, both following days were open to the public between noon and 6pm with tickets going for around £20 ($30) per day.

I will admit that just a few hours before the official opening I was still wondering how successful the following days were going to be, how many people would attend and how the exhibition will perform as an important forum that strives to bring watch making closer to its audience. Having said that, I never imagined anything quite like what it turned out to be. The interest for the opening night was beyond my boldest expectations! All three levels were packed with true watch aficionados and the occasional watch lovers, all of them tirelessly visiting exhibitors in every hall. Large crowds gathered around every booth as brands repeatedly presented their latest and greatest timepieces. Some brands tried to further enhance the night’s buzzing atmosphere. My absolute favorite of these efforts had to be the 1940’s band playing by the Bremont stand. Their lovely style lent a unique flair to the gallery while perfectly matching the British company and its showcased timepieces.

SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

From a watch enthusiast’s perspective it was fantastic to see so many people attend and show such incredible interest for the event, for the brands and – most importantly – for watch making itself. For the longer term we have to find that the chance to see, study and experience watch making in much greater detail must be granted to an ever-growing audience. And this is where this show truly excelled. It provided visitors – of the public and journalists alike – equally easy access to all participating brands. What I mean by easy access is that throughout the event there was a chance of personally meeting several of one’s favorite brands and getting a more practical understanding of their background and their products as well. Thanks to the layout of the booths people could go up to meet the representatives of every exhibiting company and often personally meet the CEOs and/or founders of their favorite brands.

But the show offered even more than just that. A handful of minor and major companies chose to highlight one of the crafts that they practice in-house, hence providing visitors the special opportunity to experience some of the most amazing professions in high-end watch making. There were watch makers taking apart and assembling trademark movements of their manufactures, engravers creating special components as well as enamel dial painters and strap-makers. So let’s begin by discussing this blend of fine watch exhibitions and a few of watch making’s most challenging crafts.

SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts Watch Industry News

To top it all off, The Sinn 103 St Sa E is fabricated in a limited run of 300 bits, a number that I think really is exclusive unlike some of the 4-figure production runs we have seen this season. The Sinn 103 St Sa E ships on leather for $2,250 and on the H-link bracelet for $2,560. If you would prefer one of the Sinn 103s with no artificial classic lume, the non-limited models start from $1,880 — a good value proposition for a German tool watch that’s built like a tank. To top it all off, The Sinn 103 St Sa E is fabricated in a limited run of 300 pieces, a number that I think really is exclusive unlike any of the 4-figure manufacturing runs we have seen this season. If you’d prefer one of the Sinn 103s with no faux classic lume, the non-limited versions start from $1,880 — a good value proposition for a German tool watch that’s built like a tank. For those seeking to brush up on their German, EZM is brief for Einsatzzeitmesser, or “assignment timer.” The EZM series has now been a mainstay in Sinn’s lineup for 20 decades, where it routinely showcases the newest technologies and design inventions. Therefore it goes without saying that the EZM 12 has big boots to fill, since it combines a tradition of interesting and exceptionally rugged mission timers, all of which are purpose-built for some of the toughest professions in the world.These include the colorful EZM 7 using its air source timer designed for firemen, or the oil-filled EZM 2b that was assembled for GSG 9 (the equivalent of the elite SWAT unit together with the German police), and is presently standard-issue for the German Navy’s elite combat divers. Granted, the ultra-specific feature collections of these watches could be limiting their individual audiences in some ways, but it’s probably safe to assume that there are still enough watch lovers around who still enjoy this unique approach to design, even if they’re not first responders or elite special forces operators.

A master watchmaker from Piaget is working on the 1270P ultra-thin automatic tourbillon movement for the Emperador Coussin watch

We will start with the watchmakers, the men who were working with unbelievable discipline and diligence in this noisy and tumbling environment. I am certain that every watch enthusiast will be familiar with that particular mixture of fascination, curiosity and amazement generated by the sight of a fine movement seen through a sapphire case back. At SalonQP some highly acknowledged movement manufacturing brands allowed visitors to get a much better view than any transparent case back would allow as they presented uncased examples of some of their most remarkable calibers. Piaget, Chopard and Zenith had set up benches with one of their master watchmakers working on one or more trademark movements of the manufactures, while Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a public workshop with participation fees going to a charity organization.

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Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Swiss Movement Replica Watches


Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

“The Bird Repeater” has a nice sound to it. After writing that sentence, I realized it was a pun, but it is true; this watch both has a catchy name and a sweet chime. Swiss watch maker Jaquet Droz Kopen Replica unveiled the The Bird Repeater watch back in 2012, almost exactly two years ago at the time of writing this article. A year before that, in 2011, Jaquet Droz shared a not-for-publication video with me showing off their upcoming superwatch, a timepiece that would finally give the storied Swiss name a fitting modern token to Mr. Droz’s prolific legacy. One that, in my opinion, had not until then been done justice, given what Jaquet Droz himself was known for among the select group of historians outside of the watch industry familiar with his work.

Priced like a decent suburban home in many parts of America, the Jaquet Droz Flower Replica Bird Repeater exists in rare limited editions of just eight pieces per series. In order to maximize the massive investment involved in engineering this and watches like it, Jaquet Droz gets around their own production limitations by producing different versions of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater – a practice common in the watch industry where the need to recoup development investments is frequently weighted against the value of product exclusivity (a hallmark of luxury product valuation).

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

What we see here are two “new” versions of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater watch. One, in an all 18k red gold case (ref. J031033202) with a fully engraved dial, as well as case; and another, in 18k white gold with a semi-skeletonized dial (ref. J031034203). Each is remarkably mesmerizing in its own way. These are products that even lowly Jaquet Droz company employees are proud of, because “their company was able to produce it.” Luxury watches like the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater are as marvelous to behold as they are deficient in practicality. The world may go on as people struggle and nations war, but somewhere in a peaceful place in Switzerland, a comfortable team in clean white watchmaker’s gowns are focused on making a small machines with hand-engraved (and in most instances painted) small automaton birds that bob around as the mechanical movement chimes out the current time with a ballet of hammers and gongs.

At first, I believed the dial design of the Jaquet Droz Uhren Kaufen Replica Bird Repeater to be queer. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, but rather that you don’t commonly see timepieces priced in the several hundred thousand dollar category with birds feeding their young. Jaquet Droz explained to me that the dial scene is meant to be highly symbolic – a statement that, of course, did not surprise me. The birds are of course a family, and allude to a real person’s family, complete with a comfortable nest, young, and parental care. The egg in the center of the scene, which “hatches,” represents the newest generation entering the world, and the role of the parents is to exist as dutiful guardians. Symbolism of this nature, I am told, carries great value in symbol-rich Asia. I’m not unfamiliar with the concept, but the notion of a man buying such a luxury in the West because he felt kinship with a small group of mechanical birds probably isn’t that common. When I see timepieces so complex, and yet so exotic, I must remind myself that, to many people out there, I am the foreigner with odd tastes.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

In 2013, aBlogtoWatch shared our first hands-on look at the Jaquet Droz Automatic 25 Jewels Incabloc Replica Bird Repeater watch here. Of course, we couldn’t simply share the “basic” model, with the hand-painted enamel dial, we needed to exhibit a much more decadent model decorated with diamonds with a completely hand-engraved dial. Echos of that style exist in the 18k red gold version of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater that you see here, but without the diamonds, and with the more traditional black onyx dial Jaquet Droz is often known for. In my opinion, the delicate nature of the engravings present the details of the scene better in red gold versus white gold.

The skeletonized dial version plays with the concept of the original Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater watch, but here without the hand-painted landscape dial showing a river, forest, and waterfall. The latter element doubles as the seconds indicator, as a slowly spinning disc attempts to mimic the flow of water. There is something a bit more appealing for me (the gearhead) about this partially skeletonized model. It isn’t that I didn’t like the original in its full glory – I did – but rather that this version of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater mixes the mechanical art form Jaquet Droz is promoting in the watch, with just enough visuals to remind me of it on a regular basis. With the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater on my wrist, I consider a day wearing the watch around town and the possible ensuing conversations. If there was ever a convention for conversation piece watches,the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater might dutifully act as their mascot.

That is a finely finished dress piece in precious metal — a cooperation between three German companies who each bring specialist skills to the table. With a price tag of $15,460, many will consider this timepiece a miss for Sinn, as their name still maintains that heritage of affordable, tough watches for everyday wear. But think about it in this light. The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I is cased by precisely the exact same manufacturer that provides A. Lange & Söhne, offers an architecturally interesting movement produced by UWD, also shows a well-decorated yet legible dial feature of Sinn Spezialuhren. Although it’s up against some strong competition from fellow German (not to mention Swiss) watchmakers at this price, I can envision 55 people enjoying the workmanship and watchmaking that goes to a bit like this.You do not have to live in a household where the first week of November is an observed holiday to love the arrival of Sinn’s annual “Jagduhr” (hunting watch) collection — this year taking the kind of this Sinn Hunting Watch 3006. Hell, even if your “holy trinity” does not occur to include Smith & Wesson or Cabela’s — you still might want to maintain reading.Now in the fourth iteration of the yearly series, the newly announced Jagduhr 3006 Hunting Chronograph (or however you may choose to refer to it) brings a fantastic new complication into the mix: some luminescent, day/night moonphase in addition to a 24-hour index, pointer date, along with also a complete calendar — all of which ought to prove useful for anybody who might lose track of time whilst strapped to a tree, waiting for game to wander in their scope.The Jagduhr series got its start with this fairly fundamental “Paul Parey” special variant 756, then continued with much more rocky offerings, like last year’s entry based on the U1000, or even the previous year’s based on the 757 UTC pilot’s watch — either of which, were basically re-skinned in green, and did not bring anything new complication-wise to the table.
Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions Hands-On

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While we may all feel as we understand Sinn and have a grip in their general taste, Baselworld 2016 revealed that Sinn is still capable of surprising and that their match is not exclusively tool sailors and hardcore pilot watches. From the elaborate 6200 Meisterbund into the rather rakishly handsome 910 Anniversary chronograph, Sinn’s 2016 Baselworld lineup was an impressive pivot in their more common watch stylings.We’ll depart the 6200 for the following post and center on the sporty and versatile Sinn 910 Anniversary. Thickness is 15.5mm, with anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back protecting a well finished movement and a beautiful hot tan dial with black applied markers and red accents.With no date along with two sub dials, dial symmetry is strong and the Sinn 910 Anniversary provides dual central seconds palms (for split second timing) and a 30-minute totalizator at three. Employing a highly modified ETA 7750 with a double column wheel rattrapante module out of La Joux-Perret, the Sinn 910 Anniversary operates like a conventional chronograph, however you may stop and reset the divide measure via the pusher at 8 o’clock. This dual chronograph functionality is excellent for timing that the outcomes of two simultaneous events, like the 1st and 2nd results of a sprint, or just for playing with as you pass the time. Additionally, given their comparative rarity and specialized technology, a split second chrono is a cool way to pay tribute to Sinn’s anniversary.Despite its somewhat more classic type, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is spared bit of Sinn’s attention to robust engineering and technical details. Water resistant to the DIN 8310 standards and 100M, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is also shock resistant and anti-magnetic to the guidelines established by DIN 8308 and 8309, respectively. The Sinn 910 Anniversary is also low pressure immunity and its own crown and pushers use Sinn’s D3-System for a more integrated design that offers enhanced protection against knocks and the ingress of moisture and dust. As per normal with Sinn, there’s no half-assery available in the plan and construct of this Sinn 910 Anniversary.

As November comes to an end, we check out Omega’s new and very unique-looking Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph and Jaquet Droz’s very blingy ‘Ultra Lux’ Bird Repeater watch. Speaking of Jaquet Droz, we also spent an evening with one of their enamelist to see how their dials are painted. With bronze watches all the rage, we also find out how you can quicken the patina process. Finally, we find out how custom watch straps are made.

1. Experience With Jaquet Droz Enamel Dial Painting: Tough

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Enamel dials are experiencing a resurgence of late and Jaquet Droz is one of the high-end watch brands to feature watches with enamel dials. We recently had the chance to join Jaquet Droz and one of their enamelist, Heidi, to see how their dials are created, and also had the chance to try painting the dials ourselves.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

2. Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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The Omega Seamaster Bullhead chronograph was one of the new watches unveiled by Omega earlier this year at Baselworld. I was intrigued by its unique case design and thought the white dial variant looked absolutely captivating. It helps too that it features a chronograph complication and can be used to tell time in another time zone by way of its rotating inner 24-hour bezel.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

3. Jaquet Droz Price In India Replica The Bird Repeater ‘Ultra Lux’ Watch With Engraved Gold Dial And Diamonds Hands-On

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How do you make an already expensive watch even more expensive? If this watch is anything to by, simply add diamonds. Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater watch is amazing, but at close to half a million dollars, nowhere near affordable. This piece takes that watch, removes the exquisitely painted enamel dial and adds loads of diamonds in its place. I dare not guess how much this costs.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

4. The First Rolex Oyster Watch From 1926

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For good or bad, Rolex is today synonymous with luxury watches. It is one of the world’s largest high-end watchmakers and also one of the most powerful brands in the world. However, it was not always this way. Rolex had very humble beginnings and made its name after a series of technical breakthroughs, one of which was the first Oyster watch. The iconic Submariner followed in 1953. Find out more about these two historically important watches here.

Source: aBlogtoWatch (Oyster), aBlogtoWatch (Submariner)

5. What You Should Know About Apple, iWatches, And Sapphire Crystal

It has long been rumored that Apple is working on a watch. Heck, the company even registered the iWatch name in a couple of countries. But with the iWatch still nowhere to be seen, here are some thoughts from us with regards to its design and the use of sapphire crystal.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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If you look for the most literal interpretation, then you’re very likely to find ISO 6425, that outlines a strict set of internationally defined guidelines for durability, functionality, and legibility, finally regulating what can and cannot be officially referred to as a true “dip watch.” Along the very same lines but for aviator watches, Sinn has just announced the debut of DIN 8330 — a new German business standard spearheaded by the watchmaker, and anchored by a trio of new pilot sequences, purpose-built and officially certified to be functionally secure and dependable from the cockpit. Here, we’ve got an official aviator’s equivalent to the DIN and ISO standards which have long governed other watery realms of purpose-built watchmaking. At the risk of oversimplifying things, consider it as the ISO 6425 of bunny sequences, open to any German watchmaker for consideration.The ink was hardly dry on TESTAF’s debut in 2012 when Sinn started campaigning for a more robust industry-wide DIN standard for all pilot watches. But, executing this required widespread alliance from German regulating bodies and the sector as a whole — especially, consultation by Lufthansa Cargo, Airbus Helicopters, and other German watchmakers like Stowa, Hanhart, and Glashütte Original; afterward assistance from risk management company DNV GL who informed the certification criteria and procedure; and ultimately, the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen who functioned as the testing institute. The final result is really a collaborative set of criteria that simplifies all of German aviator watches set up in civilian and professional air traffic alike.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

My love of aventurine inspired me to write about this particular limited edition version of the Jaquet Droz Watches For Sale Replica Grande Seconde Tourbillon – which unsurprisingly is known as the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine ref. J013014270 (as you’ll see in a moment, a name that is a bit ironic). Limited to just 28 pieces, this is an interestingly decorative version of one of the most simple and elegant tourbillon watches available.

aBlogtoWatch first covered the Jaquet Droz Grande Second Tourbillon here, back in 2012. Rather than a 43mm wide case, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine is smaller, at 39mm wide. That makes it sort of “uni-sex,” although this style and size is popular in Asia, a region where Jaquet Droz is rather successful. So while the diamonds and mother-of-pearl are a bit feminine for some Western male tastes, I wouldn’t go ahead and assume that this is a woman’s watch. It is in fact marketed as a men’s model, I believe.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

So let’s get the name part out of the way, since I tend to harp on nomenclature (as you probably already know). While this watch is clearly part of the Jaquet Droz Writer Replica Grande Seconde collection, it is mislabeled, as it does not have a “grand second” hand typical of the rest of the collection, but rather a juxtaposed dial, where the hour and minute hands are where the seconds hand would be. Where the hour and minute hands normally are on Grande Seconde models, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine has an exposed tourbillon – which doubles as a second indicator. I feel like I am repeating myself, since I essentially made the same remarks two years ago.

I’ve always liked the simplicity of the Grande Seconde Tourbillon, but the story is different here. What you get is a 39mm wide 18k white gold case decorated with diamonds on the bezel and lugs, along with more diamonds outlining the figure eight shape on the dial. The outer part of the face is aventurine, while the inner part is mother-of-pearl. While I am not typically a diamond watch sort of guy, I do think the overall composition of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine is rather beautiful.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Aventurine is a beautiful semi-precious stone that is actually a form of quartz. It comes in a range of colors with most aventurine rocks being green. Having said that, in watches, I’ve only ever seen the deep blue form of the mineral.  What makes aventurine special for me is that the deep blue forms of the mineral, when used as a background, offer the look of space. Space, as in the night sky. There are small shiny mineral inclusions in aventurine that sparkle like stars against the deep sky blue. When watches wish to have a background that looks like space, aventurine is often used.

Other examples of aventurine stone used in men’s watches are rare, but notable. We first covered Blu watches back in 2009 which made rich use of blue aventurine. More recently, the hit Midnight Planetarium watch by Van Cleef & Arpels also used aventurine as a starry watch face. As you can see, the quartz mineral works really well for that, and while it isn’t meant to look like space on the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine, it does make for an excellent frame for the time and tourbillon. More so, there is a piece of aventurine placed on the rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal caseback of the watch over the automatic movement.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

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Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

It was back in 2013 that aBlogtoWatch debuted the very interesting Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird watch here. Even though it took several years of development to get to that point, it was not until earlier in 2015 that Swiss watch maker Jaquet Droz professed to us that, “Ariel, The Charming Bird is now ready.” So, what is the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird, exactly? Well, it is a modern, miniaturized version of a fun, and impressively antique technology that was used to create small singing birds. Since Jaquet Droz’s brand “rebirth” in around 2000, I felt that this was exactly what the brand needed to establish itself, given the legacy of the man who was Mr. Jaquet Droz. During his time, in addition to pocket watches and incredible automatons, Jaquet Droz also made a number of mechanical singing birds.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On
The hour and minute hands of the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I’m slim, might be described as leaf-shaped, and contrast well from the anthracite dial without obscuring the view. The tiny seconds counter at 6 o’clock utilizes a matte disc to differentiate itself from the rest of the dial, also features its own railroad trail with Arabic numerals indicating every 10th second. At a glance, there can be no doubt that this is not a Swiss timepiece — true that’s being celebrated here instead of concealed.Through the sapphire crystal display caseback, the hand-wound caliber UWD 33.1 is shown. This is precisely the identical caliber that’s featured in the past rose gold 6200 Meisterbund I, and it’s just as beautiful here. Marco Lang of Lang & Heyne watches would be the man behind UWD — that also creates very finely finished watches in traditional German style — and his experience shows here. The movement is made from nickel silver (also known as German Silver or Maillechort), which has a silver-like appearance when fresh but will tarnish a creamy yellowish with age. The caliber UWD 33.1 also comes equipped with a hacking seconds mechanism for precise time-setting, and can be anti-magnetic according to DIN 8309 (roughly 4 800 A/M, or amperes per meter).

So much engineering went into the creating and testing of an object which is purely for amusement. Unlike minute repeaters that chime and at least tell the time, the complication in the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx Replica Charming Bird is used exclusively for spectacle. What is that complication, exactly? Activate the “the charming bird,” and carefully hand-painted bird figuring comes alive with animation and the watch sounds like a bird singing.

The most impressive part of the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird is this system which creates a modern version of the bellows and pistons system which for centuries has been used to mimic bird calls. This is the luxury world we are talking about, so in the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird the system, to make the bird sing and move uses some of the best materials and complex micro-engineering feats. Sapphire crystal is used for the bellow tubes, and the piston heads are produced from carbon. The size of the tube and the speed of the piston are what control the sound they emit. The pistons together play “different notes” which very much sound like a singing bird.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

A careful comparison between the in-house movements from the 2013 Jaquet Droz History Replica The Charming Bird watch prototype and 2015’s final version reveal subtle but important differences. The watches are essentially the same, but in the final version, the movement has been reworked, with elements moved around and lots of improvements made. Many of those improvements relate to the volume and quality of the sound as well as the overall durability of the mechanism. Nothing quite like this has ever been produced in wrist watch form, to my knowledge.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

At 47mm wide, initially in 18k white or red gold, Jaquet Droz will produce the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird as a limited edition. With that said it will likely produce more versions of the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird watch in the future in different materials or dial styles. The debut model goes for a fully open dial which allows you to appreciate the mechanism in action – which is, of course, going to be much more interesting than, say… a minute repeater.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

What the singing and dancing bird complication lacks in basic utility, it makes up for in showmanship. Automatons have been entertaining people for literally hundreds of years. We seem to be fascinated by human attempts to reproduce nature (something we are getting better and better at). A machine that mimics the movements and sound of an actual bird is exactly the type of mechanism that captures our attention so well.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

It is perhaps more accurate to say that the majority of people who will own the Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Replica Charming Bird will do so as a collectible novelty to be played with on occasion and rarely worn. This is understandable given the precious nature of the watch as well as its delicate design. Nevertheless, Jaquet Droz designed the watch as a perfectly wearable item with a bold look which begs for conversation. It is also among the few ultra-high-end mechanical watch complications that novices who know nothing about the horological world can appreciate. Nothing sparks a conversation like, “I couldn’t help but overhear your watch chirping.” So the person with the several-hundred-thousand-dollar-per-watch budget interested in the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird needs to ask themselves… “can I make use of that extra charm in my life?”

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

Inside the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird is the Jaquet Droz exclusive caliber 615 automatic movement. That’s right, with everything else going on, the movement is also self-winding with a solid platinum rotor. It also uses silicon in the movement and operates at 3Hz with a power reserve of 38 hours. That is just to power the off-centered dial which indicates the time. I don’t actually think the “watch mechanism” is related to the charming bird complication. Not only is that wound using the other crown, but it is activated with it as well. I could be wrong, but I believe the bird system is separate from that used to indicate the time. Actually, Jaquet Droz amusingly refers to it as the “singing bird action.”

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

It isn’t worth explaining what watching the small bird in its animated state looks like, as we have a video in this post, as well as more in the original article from 2013 which is linked to above. It is very impressive to watch the little automaton with its many distinct parts rotating, flapping its wings, and moving its beak. The impressively life-like motion is not only a testament to the Jaquet Droz Brand Review Replica of today, but of the Jaquet Droz of yesterday and his contemporaries who produced similar items. Jaquet Droz has been open with the obvious fact that to build something like the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird watch, they needed to study historical examples of similar objects.

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows Hands-On

Bold, luxuriously without utility, and wonderful to look at, the Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird is the best kind of rich-boy toy because it is impressive without being at all controversial. Well, it does tell the time. Actually, is it fair to say the complication is without utility? Each time I see the “singing bird action” in operation I quickly develop a smile on my face. Jaquet Droz will produce the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird ref. J031533240 in 18k red gold which will be limited to just 28 pieces, and the ref. J031534240 in 18k white gold will also be limited to 28 pieces. Price for the watch is 380,000 Swiss Francs. jaquet-droz.com