In 2012, Jaquet Droz solidified their place in high watch making artistry with the release of the Bird Repeater.
In 2013, they followed this up with The Charming Bird watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing.
This year for 2014, Jaquet Droz have released the Bird Repeater Openwork. This modern day interpretation of a minute repeater is horological mastery at it’s finest while maintaining the animated features that made it a success: a duo of blue tit birds feeding their fledglings, the spreading wings, the tumbling waterfall and the hatching egg. It displays a poetic naturalism all the more surprising for the subtle aesthetic changes that the Jaquet Droz craftsmen have decided to make in the name of modernization.
The dial is made out of sapphire crystal and has been opened up to emphasize the movement and make the automated birds more visible giving depth to the watch in a very modern and minimalist way.
The case is 47 mm and constructed out of 18k white gold and has double sapphire crystals and is not water resistant.
The movement is the Swiss hand-wind Jaquet Droz in-house caliber RMA88 with 69 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 48 hours. It is a minute repeater with single barrel and off-centered hours and minutes. It is comprised of 508 parts.
The unique dial is sapphire, with a black onyx subdial. Hand-engraved and hand-painted birds with 18kt white gold hands
The watch is fitted on a on a black rolled-edge hand-made alligator strap, with alligator lining, and an 18kt white gold folding clasp and is limited edition of 8 pieces for the world.