To celebrate its 275th anniversary, Jaquet Droz launched the world’s first singing bird automaton wristwatch, named The Charming Bird. This exceptional watch was presented earlier this year at Basel watch fair.
For the first time ever, the Swiss high end manufacturer has created a miniature automaton bird which is small enough to be incorporated into a wristwatch. This exquisite anniversary model boasts a bubble in the sapphire crystal for the bird, and a mechanical bird call to imitate the sounds of a bird song.
Furthermore, thanks to an incredible intricate mechanism, the bird turns, flaps its wings, moves its head and tail, and opens its beak to chirp. Bird songs were produced by moving a piston-driven bellows system in and out of a shaft promptly. Jaquet Droz’s team actually miniaturized the techniques inherited from the 18th century.
The entire mechanism is visible through a sapphire crystal dial where you can take a look into the unique gear train, bridges, plate and other parts of the movement. The impeccable caliber 610 manually wound movement provides no less than 40 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The 21 jewels movement has a beating rate of the 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz).
The time-telling part is set on the upper portion of the dial, while the crown is situated at the 12 o’clock position. The off-centered dial features Roman numerals as hour markers and blued hour and minute hands. The lower part of the dial is reserved for the amazing bird bubble.
The watch is shielded with a dome-shaped sapphire crystal which enhances the effect of each ray of light that passes through it, while the combinations of black and charcoal-gray colors bring contemporary look. The watch is accessorized with rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather with black stitches which ends with an 18-karat white gold folding clasp.
Jaquet Droz issued only 28 pieces of the anniversary Jaquet Droz the Charming Bird (the referent number is J031534240) and they are intended for true watch collectors with deeper pockets. This work of art timepiece comes with the price tag of approximately $500,000. The Charming Bird is an example of true luxury and it perfectly celebrates the brand’s 275th anniversary.