Jaquet Droz has unveiled a striking new minute repeater, the Bird Repeater, in homage to its founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his love of ornithology and automata.
The brand has said the new timepiece “pushes back the boundaries of haute horlogerie”. It has been two years in development and has been crafted in-house.
The Bird Repeater has a detailed enamelled dial featuring two blue tits, said to be symbolic of the Jura region in Switzerland, which are “fully animated” with one of the birds bobbing to give a beakful of food to its chicks, while the wings of the second bird spread to reveal colourful enamelling.
The egg in the middle of the nest opens to reveal a chick, while the waterfall depicted in the background “flows in a continuous cascade”.
The Bird Repeater operates using a cam system and is a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes.
The watch has a 47mm gold case and is made of 508 components. It has a 48-hour power reserve and is available in two editions – a grey gold version set with diamonds and a second in red gold. Both are limited to eight pieces worldwide.
The Bird Repeater will be on show at Baselworld 2013.