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The Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch

Jaquet Droz and the art of time.

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“Some watches tell time, some tell a story,” is Jaquet Droz’s tag line and an accurate summation of the one-of-a-kind masterpiece created to commemorate the Swiss watch manufacturer’s 280th anniversary. The Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch represents the scope of Jaquet Droz skill in a single timepiece.

A tally of 668 components are contained in the daedal pocket watch, a minute repeater ornamented in the miniature with engraving, painting, and appliqués. Birds are a beloved motif for Jaquet Droz, and here the macaw, chosen for its vivid plumage, takes centre stage. The brand’s celebrated automata—the technique of creating animated scenes through concealed mechanical devices—has a family of exotic parrots perform while cathedral-like chimes ring the hours, quarter hours, and minutes. When you are the only one of your kind in the world, you command attention.

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August 21, 2018