Jaquet Droz launches the world’s first singing bird wristwatch, for its 275th anniversary
For the first time ever, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Jaquet Droz (owned by Swatch Group) 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.
Thanks to an extraordinary 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 that provides 40 hours of power reserve by its 21 jewels movement.
The time-telling part is set on the upper portion of the dial, while the crown is situated at the 12 o’clock position, with the off-centered dial featuring Roman numerals as hour markers with blued hour and minute hands, the lower part of the dial is reserved for the amazing bird bubble. Jaquet Droz Charming Bird 275th anniversary work of art timepiece is limited to only 28 pieces with a price tag of approximately US$ 500,000.