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Jaquet Droz

Jaquet Droz gains his reputation at the Spanish court in 1758. It remains dormant for two centuries following the death of its founders. Its purchase in 2000 by the Swatch Group marks the beginning of its renaissance. It advocates an alliance between tradition and artistic professions, positioning itself as a technical brand with an acute sense of aesthetics. Its watches, clocks, clockwork figures and songbirds fascinate collectors.

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1738

Jaquet Droz establishes his first workshop in la Chaux-de-Fonds where he manufactures a series of grandfather clocks embellished with clock-making movements, music and clockwork figures.

1784

Opening of the first clock-making factory in Geneva. The brand specialises in the production and export of watches with clockwork figures, music and complications.

2000

Jaquet Droz becomes owner of the Swatch Group.

2002

Launch of the Grande Seconde, a piece inspired by a pocket watch created in the 18th century. It rapidly becomes an icon.