Jaquet Droz The Bird Repeater Geneva Edition
A birdcage with a diameter of 47mm would seem to be on the small side – certainly for two adult birds and a nest filled with two babies, as well. Still, Jaquet Droz has managed to find a comfortable home for these feathered friends.
The birds are happy, as evidenced by the cheerful sounds they produce. But all joking aside: this mechanical creation with singing birds is too astonishing to fully get the effect across in mere words. The Bird Repeater Geneva Edition fits in with the tradition of the house that goes back to the 18th century and has not lost any of its splendour in all those centuries.
Jaquet Droz previously made a watch with songbirds and this is the latest edition, limited to eight pieces. It is equipped with minute repetition and features hand-engraved and painted goldfinches that move when the mechanism is activated. A watch with and for goldfinches, because its price tag is 416,600 euro.