Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Marvel Maker: The Man Behind Today's Jaquet-Droz Watch Brand
The year his apprenticeship ended, he received an important honor: Monsieur de Nathalys, governor of Neuchâtel and representative of the King of Prussia, came to La Chaux-de-Fonds to see one of his clocks. Jaquet-Droz was soon making frequent trips to ...
May 24, 2015
Time Displays: Dresden's Mathematics and Physics Salon
As its name suggests, it's much more than watches and clocks; it contains scientific measuring and observation instruments of all kinds, most made between 1550 and 1900. now remodeled inside and fitted with computer animations and interactive ...
April 4, 2015
Temptation Thursday by Escapement: Hands-On with the Chopard L.U.C. Regulator
Positioned in the southerly portion of the white grand feu enamel dial is a freely disclosed tourbillon carriage, visible via an exquisitely polished tourbillon bridge. I will return to this beautiful timepiece later in the year after I have ...
May 14, 2015
Admiral's Cup Legend 42 60th Anniversary
With a tourbillon carriage mounted on enlarged ceramic ball bearings for resilience, the movement has the bridge and base plate machined from brass. With the base plate and bridge terminating at four and eight o'clock on both sides of the movement, the ...
May 2, 2015
According to the literature, Richard Daners had drawn inspiration from the work of his peers, and notably the flying tourbillon created by Alfred Helwig; as well as the first tourbillon with inclined balance-wheel developed for travel clocks and built ...
June 18, 2015
Baselworld 2015 The tourbillon in all its forms
Hysek places the tourbillon centre stage. In this relatively rare configuration (there are barely more than five of this type), the Io Jumping Hours Tourbillon displays its flying carriage in the middle of the dial, framed by dragging minutes and ...
April 14, 2015
Reinventing the face of the chronograph
This component thus appears at 12 o'clock in an extremely prominent position. It is activated by a single pusher, another tribute to watchmaking traditions. The entire complication thereby occupies the largest surface area of the model and is clearly ...
March 19, 2015
In the late 18th century, people all over Europe flocked to watch the boy at work. The Writer, as it was known, is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering, a shockingly lifelike automaton built by Pierre Jaquet-Droz in the 1770s and one of three famous mechanisms that have come to be known simply as “the Jaquet-Droz automata. Chances are you’ve heard of Jaquet-Droz through the modern-day luxury watch brand that bears his name. But most people are less familiar with Jaquet-Droz the man: a visionary engineer of the 18th century whose clocks and automata created a stir all over the world. Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born on July 28, 1721, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The town would become a major watch- and clockmaking center in the 19th century, and at the time of Jaquet-Droz’s birth, the region already had many clockmakers. His father, Abraham, was a farmer but other relatives, including his maternal grand- father, Daniel Droz, were watchmakers, as were many of the family’s friends. Abraham Jaquet-Droz wanted his son to become a clergyman, so Pierre studied theology and philosophy, first at the University of Basel, then in Neuchâtel. But his natural affinity for science and mechanics quickly won out. In Basel, Jaquet-Droz came into contact with the father and son Jean and Daniel Bernoulli of the famed family of mathematicians and physicists.
Throughout my early adult life, I sought to conform and be a “regular guy. My personality frequently walks on virgin snow and my mind works at a different cadence from that of the “average person. However, I no longer consider my obsessive traits as a weakness. Indeed, obsessive-compulsive disorder is no longer a stigma I try to hide. it is, in fact, a useful tool in carrying out my role as a watch journalist. Those professionals who expend a disproportionate amount of time obsessing over the minutest of details, some of which are barely noticeable to a “regular guy,” are my heroes. One watch brand that always entices me to its door, courtesy of refined aesthetics and mechanical magnificence, is Chopard. Chopard offers a variety of timepieces that appeal to me on various levels. Recently, I have had the pleasure of “hands-on” encounters with the Mille Miglia 2014 Race Edition , the G. P. M. H Chronograph , the Superfast , and, most recently, a Mille Miglia GTS Chrono in 18k rose gold. There is no doubt about it: I am a self-confessed fan of Chopard L. U. C, the ultimate expression of Chopard’s watchmaking talent.
With a tourbillon carriage mounted on enlarged ceramic ball bearings for resilience, the movement has the bridge and base plate machined from brass. With the base plate and bridge terminating at four and eight o’clock on both sides of the movement, the tourbillon appears to be suspended in mid-air. Finished with a fine straight graining, the base plate is visible through the smoked sapphire dial with a red gold galvanized Corum logo at nine o’clock. Instead of a conventional full rotor that would impede the view of the tourbillon, the caliber CO 016 is equipped with a micro-rotor decorated with the Corum logo in 18k red gold. Just 17 mm in diameter, the micro-rotor has a winding efficiency of two, meaning it can wind the mainspring to its full autonomy of 72 hours. Echoing the 12 nautical pennants is the 12-sided bezel of the red gold case. With a 42 mm diameter and just 13 mm high, the case is constructed to be elegant yet robust, with a water resistance of 50 m.
Backes & Strauss Video. WPHH 2014
— Backes & Strauss marks two anniversaries in 2014: the 225th year since its founding and the 200th year of its presence in London. Last January, the Brand unveiled its new collection of watches at the WPHH in Geneva.
March 2, 2014
Cartier A behind-the-scenes look at the restoration workshops
— The Cartier Tradition department has the weighty responsibility of restoring all its heritage watches. A skilled and delicate high-wire act jealously hidden from inquisitive eyes… in downtown Geneva! http://goo.gl/WT8vZm
December 11, 2013