Discussing Jaquet Droz watches in the US is almost futile. It isn’t that you can’t find this small Swatch Group brand in the US, but rather that it is extremely rare. I saw my first one in Europe personally. I’ve always liked this brand but haven’t known what to make of it. A lot of their designs are good, but currently they lack direction and leadership as far as I can tell. The last time the brand was really on my radar in any serious way was when Manuel Emch (current CEO of Romain Jerome) was the head honcho over there.
Along with the dial, the movement will be the primary novelty of your Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Ivory Enamel. As part of your Swatch Group, Jaquet Droz can depend upon a high-standard Swiss manufacture, Frédéric Piguet, now portion of Blancpain. Benefiting from group synergies, Jaquet Droz was using a movement identified as Caliber 2663 (reviewed here and here), based upon the well-known FP1150 (also utilised by Blancpain and Breguet). Now it is time for Jaquet Droz to to stand on its very own feet and also to depend upon an improved Piguet motion. The Caliber 2660Q2.p can be a modern day movement that comes with a variety of interesting characteristics, this kind of as being a double barrel (for 68 hours of energy reserve), a self-winding mechanism with central rotor and, most notably, an antimagnetic silicon balance, a thing that’s slowly getting to be a norm within the Swatch Group. It ticks at a rapidly and precise 28,800-vph frequency.
This Jaquet Droz 2653 Replica watch from a few years ago is a great example of what the brand is capable of in terms of design. This specific model is itself extremely rare said to have been made as a limited edition of just 8 pieces. 8 being an important number and symbol for the brand as it is a good luck number in Asia (where a lot of Jaquet Droz pieces are apparently sold). This model is the Quantieme Perpetuel Calendar watch in 18k rose gold. There was another version that was not limited which was offered in 18k white gold.
Via the various images here you can see how this collection has evolved. Each of these watches used the Jaquet Droz caliber 5863 automatic perpetual calendar movement. With a lovely symmetrical set of dials and retrograde hands, this is a very unique and impressive layout for a perpetual calendar set of complications. The other images are there to show you have Jaquet Droz has implemented this movement in other watches.
The 18k rose gold case is 43mm wide and comes attached to a black crocodile strap. The dial is a mixture of elements and includes blued-steel hands. A bit hard to tell, the dial is gold and Aventurine. It almost looks as though Jaquet Droz asked F.P. Journe for help with the design. The dial includes the time with subsidiary seconds dial, retrograde day and date, month dial, and a small leap year indicator window. You can see the movement through a rear sapphire caseback window.
While this Jaquet Droz The Bird Repeater Geneva Price Replica watch is a lovely thing, it is also very expensive. Original price for the limited edition Quantieme Perpetuel Calendar model in 18k rose gold was said to be over $60,000. Price now for one on James List is about $39,500 – check it out here.