Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790), along with his son Henri-Louis, was a leading watchmaker in the Neuchâtel region, and in his workshops were created some of the most amazing timepieces and automatons ever seen. Even Qianlong, the sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty of China, admired and collected Jaquet Droz’s works of art. Among the workshops’ specialties were singing birds, something the modern brand has reintroduced with great success.
The museums in the Neuchâtel region, specifically the Musée d’horlogerie of Le Locle at Château des Monts and the Musée international d’horlogerie of La Chaux-de-Fonds, have a large collection of Jaquet Droz’s works, and the brand’s interest in restoring these excellent examples of the great master’s work continues.
The latest restoration project, just started, involves the collaboration between museums, artisans and Jaquet Droz to bring a pendulum clock with singing bird back to “life.”
“Since 2012, we have been supporting the association ‘Automates et Merveilles’ in order to preserve and promote our patrimony and history,” says Christian Lattmann, CEO, Jaquet Droz. “On the occasion of our 275th anniversary in 2013, an incredible number of masterpieces and detailed information about Jaquet Droz was gathered for the first time in three museums in Switzerland. With the same spirit, it made sense for us to continue supporting the association’s new project of safeguarding and showcasing the region’s watchmaking heritage through the restoration of the Jaquet Droz singing-bird pendulum clock. This partnership also reserves some surprises for our 280th anniversary next year.”