Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird

Jaquet Droz’s The Charming BirdThis timepiece, produced in white gold and red gold, in a limited edition of 28 pieces each, is an ode to the rich creativity of the past and the promises of today that encapsulates the fabulous history of Jaquet Droz. The songbird celebrates the brand’s DNA by reviving the techniques of the automaton and the miniature.

This timepiece reveals a modern, pared-down aesthetic, in which we find a miniature singing bird ensconced in a 47 mm-diameter case with a determinedly contemporary look featuring black, anthracite and transparent elements. The case combines a sober design with a dome-shaped sapphire crystal specially conceived to enhance the effect of each ray of light that passes through it. The artisans of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art spend over twenty hours fashioning each songbird. First the bird’s feathers, head and exquisitely delicate tail are engraved in an exacting stage that demands total accuracy and concentration from the artisan. Then the painter adds a final touch of finesse, contrasting tiny strokes of color with the black and anthracite lines of the dial.

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird

Traditionally made with a bellows system, Jaquet Droz songbirds needed to be miniaturized and adapted to fit into a wristwatch. New technologies were specially developed to achieve this: sapphire for the tube and carbon for the piston. Sapphire is a mineral with strong resistance to wear and tear. Carbon is used to limit friction and increase water resistance. This miniaturization process (for which a patent has been filed) creates tiny pistons that pump the air, store it and produce the sound. The exact sound it makes is dependent on the speed of the piston and the shape of the bellows opening.

The automaton’s mechanism is based on a system requiring three cams; one to direct the bird’s rotation, a second to control the opening and closing of the beak, the flapping of the wings, and the movement of the tail; and a third that adjusts the note of the whistle. While most watches with striking mechanisms draw inspiration from stringed instruments (music boxes) or percussion instruments (minute repeaters), the Charming Bird is designed on the principle of a wind instrument.

The mechanism harnesses not vibrations, but air to produce its sound – in this instance, the chirping of a bird. The whistle has been painstakingly perfected to ensure it reproduces the 3 different notes of the melody flawlessly and amplified to the required volume. Technicians also carried out in-depth research on the movement components to ensure their vibrations do not create unwanted sound when it is in operation.

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird timepiece is one of 72 watches that will compete to win the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix 2015 and one of six timepieces to win “Mechanical Exception” category.

Technical Specifications

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird
NUMERUS CLAUSUS
28

REFERENCE
J031533240

DESCRIPTION
Sapphire dial.
18-carat red gold case.
Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism.
Self-winding mechanical movement.
Sapphire whistle system.
Power reserve of 38 hours.
Diameter 47 mm.
Numerus Clausus of 28.

AUTOMATON
Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism.
Sapphire whistle system

INDICATIONS
Singing bird action
15 jewels

MOVEMENT
Jaquet Droz 615, self-winding mechanical movement, single barrel.
Balance wheel with regulator screw and silicon spring.
Platinum oscillating weight

INDICATIONS
Off-centered hours and minutes

JEWELLING
29 jewels

POWER RESERVE
38 hours

FREQUENCY
21,600 v.p.h

CASE
18-carat red gold case
Diameter 47 mm
Height 1: 15.75 mm
Height 2: 23 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back

WATER RESISTANCE
No

DIAL
Sapphire crystal dial with platinum Roman numerals

HANDS
Blued stainless steel

STRAP
Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap with black alligator leather lining and black stitches

BUCKLE
18-carat red gold prestige folding clasp

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird

NUMERUS CLAUSUS
28

REFERENCE
J031534240

DESCRIPTION
Sapphire dial.
18-carat white gold case.
Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism.
Self-winding mechanical movement.
Sapphire whistle system.
Power reserve of 38 hours.
Diameter 47 mm. Numerus
Clausus of 28.

AUTOMATON
Singing bird automaton movement, hand-winding mechanical movement and push-button automaton triggering mechanism.
Sapphire whistle system

INDICATIONS
Singing bird action
15 jewels

MOVEMENT
Jaquet Droz 615, self-winding mechanical movement, single barrel.
Balance wheel with regulator screw and silicon spring.
Platinum oscillating weight

INDICATIONS
Off-centered hours and minutes

JEWELLING
29 jewels

POWER RESERVE
38 hours

FREQUENCY
21,600 v.p.h

CASE
18-carat white gold case
Diameter 47 mm
Height 1: 15.75 mm
Height 2: 23 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back

WATER RESISTANCE
No

DIAL
Sapphire crystal dial with platinum Roman numerals

HANDS
Blued stainless steel

STRAP
Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap with black alligator leather lining and black stitches

BUCKLE
18-carat white gold prestige folding clasp

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird