An article in the Telegraph's Luxury section caught my eye recently. It dealt with Jaquet Droz watches from Switzerland, among the most prestigious brands in the business. The article points out:
The combination of a fascinating pre-history and a relatively clear recent past ... [has allowed] a distinctly non-standard approach to traditional watch complications and a priority for decoration over watchmaking technicalities, even in the most sophisticated models. By reinventing the automata of the 18th century that made the original Jaquet Droz so famous, the current incarnation of the company has acquired a unique set of skills and a very distinctive creative vision.
There's more at the link.
Intrigued, I went to the company's Web site to learn more. Talk about a feast for the eyes! Here are just a few examples of their work.
THE POCKET WATCH PAILLONNÉE: Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. Red gold case. Hand-winding mechanical movement.
THE RATTRAPANTE: Black Grand Feu enameled dial. 18-carat red gold case. Self-winding mechanical movement, chronograph column wheel.
THE BIRD REPEATER: Engraved and hand-painted mother-of-pearl, black onyx dial. Hand-engraved and hand-painted birds. 18-carat red gold case.
Lovely things, aren't they? I've no idea what they cost, but I'm absolutely sure I can't afford one!