The singing bird has always been a beloved creature, inspiring numerous artworks throughout time and adorning clocks, music boxes, and lots of other goodies. Jaquet Droz has been bringing the saga of the singing bird to wristwatches for several decades, with sculpted birds behaving as automatons on dials of their brand’s musical watches and incorporating an overwhelming visual appeal to their creations. The new Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater takes excellent craftsmanship to the very next level, celebrating five years of producing special “bird” watches by transforming the magnificent and colorful hummingbird to an ambassador of style and luxury. Boasting artisan methods, including the creation of this bird, in addition to the foliage and other decorations on the dial, this stunning watch is a work of art more than anything else.
Inside, the new Jaquet Droz RMA89 caliber puts everything in motion, profiting from 86 stones, a silent wheel regulator and new rack springs backed up by 60 hours of power reserve. Jaquet Droz artisans have engraved the whole case sides and fitted the watch with a sapphire case back to let you enjoy this beautifully finished movement. In the end, we should mention that only eight Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater watches will be ever produced, and each of these will be unique. We do not know how much it costs yet, but a rolled-edge hand-made dark green alligator strap, with a folding clasp in 18k red gold, can help you adorn this jewel around your wrist.
With components hand-sculpted in golden, hand-engraved, hand painted and hand-placed individually on the dial, there could be no additional appreciation. The 47mm 18k 5N rose gold case shows off a lush tropical paradise on its dial, with exotic foliage, bird of paradise flowers and even waterfalls intended to evoke the Garden of Eden, while an inset onyx sub-dial with rose gold hands informs the moment. In total, the automaton watch provides seven distinct animations constituting up to four distinct scenarios. The animations may last as long as 12 seconds, with the hummingbird‘s wings beating 40 times per second, although the three dragonflies and their Super Luminova-coated wings might find all of the attention.