1738 Pierre Jaquet-Droz opens the first watch factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He produced a series of long pendulums (floor clocks), equipped with a continuously improved precision movement, which became a unique art treasure. With a pair of skillful hands, Pierre’s rigorous and careful attitude, coupled with the skillful use of mechanical principles, added music and automatic puppets to his watch works as decoration. His works quickly attracted a lot of shots Also demanding rigorous customers.
1758 Pierre Jacquesto, accompanied by his father-in-law Abraham Louis Sandoz and a young craftsman Jacques Gevril, began his journey from La Chaux-de-Fonds. A long journey to the Spanish court. They made a carriage that could safely carry six clocks and set off for Spain. After a long 49-day trek, they came to Madrid and were warmly entertained by the great aristocracy of Spain. After a few months of patience, Pierre Jacques Dro finally got the chance to show his work in front of Spanish King Ferdinand VI, which was a huge success. These works surprised and impressed the King and the entire court. All the works were bought by the king, and Pierre Jacques de Dro won a great fortune. After returning to La Chaux-de-Fon, he dedicated his heart and soul to making watches, clocks, and famous automatic figures.
1773 Pierre Jacques de Dr. and his son Henri-Louis have exhibited their famous automatic puppets in La Chaux-de-Font and throughout Europe: the Writer, the Draughtsman and Musician (The Musician). Continuous research in the field of novelty machinery and vivid reproduction of life and moving installations have made his works come to life, this kind of realistic and imaginary performance has stunned the entire European royal family. With the increasing entertainment value of automatic puppets, puppet performances provide Pierre Jacodello with an excellent opportunity to showcase his outstanding watchmaking skills, thereby promoting the sale of timepieces. From this point of view, automatic dolls have become an excellent marketing tool for him.
1774 Pierre Jaquedro decides to set up a workshop in London, which was the center of world industry and commerce at the time. He delegated the workshop to his son, Henri-Louis, and managed a closer relationship with the watch exporter Cox company. The Cox company broadened the channels for Jaquet-Droz to enter the Far East market by sending agents to Guangzhou and served as the brand’s sales agents in China, India and Japan for many years.
1779 Pierre Jaquedro has always been fond of nature and birds, and this passion gave birth to a series of clocks, snuff boxes, pocket watches and automatic dolls. Jacques Dro and his son exported more than 600 watch and clock products to China within ten years. They knew how to attract the Emperor Qianlong and his royal aristocracy, which made him interested in mechanical timepieces and automatic dolls from Europe. As a result, Jaquet-Droz became the first pioneering watch brand to export to China. So far, many well-preserved automatic puppets and pocket watches are displayed in the National Palace Museum of China.
1784 The Jacques Rodriguez family opens the first watchmaking factory in Geneva. This watchmaking factory specializes in the creation and export of high-end luxury timepieces with automatic dolls, music timekeeping and other complex functions, including timepiece birds. In addition, the Jacques Dross family has also set up a school in the city to make a minute repeater dial device, and has launched a large number of projects related to watch technology and the protection of watch manufacturing related industries. Through their work, they have guaranteed the livelihood of a whole generation of artisans. Indeed, gold leaf carved enamel cases, micro-painted enamels, or carving and engraving techniques are all the brilliant achievements and famous names of the Jacques Droe family: pocket watches, tin pot watches, snuff pot watches, bird cage watches … Masterpieces are carefully decorated using these techniques.
1790-1791 Pierre Jacques-Droet and Henry Louis Jacques-Drouse died a year later. The French Revolution and the conflicts that followed, as well as the Napoleonic Wars, declared the end of the age of creativity and prosperity for Jaquet-Droz.
2000 Montres Jaquet Droz is acquired by the Swatch Group, joining and expanding the group’s luxury watch collection. Since the merger and acquisition date, the group has decided to recreate the glory of the Enlightenment era and retain the outstanding creations of the brand founders. The Swatch Group provides Jaquet Droz with professional technical resources, excellent production systems, and an international sales network.
2002 Jaquet Droz introduces the Grande Seconde design, inspired by a pocket watch created in the 18th century. As the brand’s classic design, it elegantly interprets the brand’s exquisite Grand Feu enamel craftsmanship. There are two dials on the dial. The eccentric hour and minute display is at 12 o’clock and the second dial is at 6 o’clock.
2008 The Pocket Watch series is launched, it is a legend of horology that lasts for centuries. This 1785-designed watch crosses the ages and becomes an inspirational muse for the classic Grande Seconde Enamel, writing an ode to this enduring brand philosophy from the Enlightenment era.
2009 Nicolas G. Hayek becomes president of Montres Jaquet Droz and establishes a steering committee.
2010 Marc A. Hayek takes over Montres Jaquet Droz, is committed to fostering the pursuit of excellence and innovation, and upholds the brand values of emotion and poetry born in the 18th century.
2010 Montres Jaquet Droz SA moves into a new haute horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This new 2,500 square meter workshop has given Jaquet Droz a new passion, matching his watch image, embodying the spirit of outstanding watchmaking and unique craftsmanship to meet the growing market and consumer demand.
In 2010, the Eclipse watch was launched, with eight stars on the dial. ‘8’ is a lucky number for Jaquet Droz. The dial is also engraved with a moon pattern, which changes constantly with the change of day and night. Inspired by the eighteenth century, the design of the moon pattern echoes the origin of the brand and Jaquet Droz’s love of decorative arts since the Enlightenment.
2011 Jaquet Droz applied the tourbillon’s extremely sophisticated technology to his classic Grande Seconde watch. After careful research on innovative design and traditional craftsmanship such as sapphire and Grand Feu enamel, the watchmakers of Jaquet Droz finally decided to place the tourbillon in the center of the eccentric second dial at 12 o’clock.
2011 Jaquet Droz glorified the development of Les Ateliers d’ Art under the Haute Horlogerie, making the brand’s century-old craftsmanship as a treasure. In some of the outstanding works of the Jaquet Droz watch series, the ingenuity and exquisite craftsmanship of micro-painted enamel, carving and engraving, as well as gold leaf carved enamel (Paillonné enamel) can be seen.
2012 With the strong support of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, the Neuchâtel Museum of Art is a famous exhibit of Automates et merveilles with unique themes. The Writer on display in Beijing, China. This time together with Montres Jaquet Droz to show the public the talents of Jaquet-Droz and Leschot; many of the finest collections and precious materials have been brought together for the first time in Neuchâtel, Switzerland The Museum of Art and History, Musée d’horlogerie du Locle and Musée international d’horlogerie de La Chaux-de-Fonds are on display together.
For more than 2012, Jaquet Droz paid tribute to birds by allowing painters to present paintings on canvases, or sculptors carved three-dimensional decorative patterns on dials to give birds vitality in their timepieces. The Bird Repeater originated from the ingenious design of the brand’s artisans and was launched in November of that year. It is the crystallization of Jaquet Droz’s long history, superb craftsmanship and rich imagination. This remarkable timepiece is a true automatic device that inherits all of the brand’s signature decorative processes.
2013 Jaquet Droz celebrates the 275th anniversary of the brand and continues to carry forward and inherit the brand’s innovative spirit and the founder’s outstanding aesthetics. In the nearly three centuries after its birth, the connection between the Enlightenment and the third millennium is still close. The brand took this opportunity to host a unique thematic exhibition in Shanghai, showing the public the first automatic doll singing bird watch ‘The Charming Bird’, this exhibition will tour around the world display. After years of meticulous research on machinery, Jaquet Droz successfully completed a truly technical masterpiece. The automatic dolls representing the brand’s 18th century are ingeniously combined with fine watchmaking craftsmanship: a miniature chronograph bird cheers on a modern timepiece with a diameter of 47 mm. Two years later, this masterpiece of automatic dolls won the Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève Grand Prix in the “Innovative Mechanical Watch” category.
2014 Jaquet Droz takes a new step with the launch of The Signing Machine, a breathtaking automatic doll that is a landmark in the brand. The hand-mounted cam system can drive sophisticated mechanical operations to reproduce coherent and natural fonts. The Signing Machine reproduces the handwritten signature of its owner exactly.
2015 Jaquet Droz equips Lady 8 with a breathtaking automatic doll scene-a blooming lotus. Elegance 8-The Lady 8 Flower watch combines the amazing automatic doll mechanism with the exquisite craftsmanship of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’ Art, showing a delicate and feminine temperament. The brand also continues to expand its art workshops to inherit and carry forward ancient craftsmanship. To this end, the exclusive watchmaking workshop was set up during the visit of the brand’s senior watchmakers. In addition, Jaquet Droz reproduces an invaluable complication on the Grande Seconde Deadbeat watch. The seconds-jump function is rare, and it is one of the masterpieces of fine watchmaking. It was originally born in the Enlightenment. In 2015, this complication was reinterpreted on the brand’s signature Grande Seconde collection.
2016 Jaquet Droz launched the Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights watch at the Basel Haute Horlogerie 2016, once again showing the amazing artistic concept and exquisite craftsmanship. The brand also presents the Grande Seconde Dual Time. This model is equipped with a new movement specially developed to make the upper dial display the local time. At the same time, based on the eccentric second dial at 6 o’clock, a second hour and minute display is added. Dial to display the reference time.
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