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Q: What´s the meaning of the stars in the JD logo?

August 16 2003 at 8:20 AM

PeterCDE  (Login pc01)

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As noted on July 16 2003 by Jaquet Droz:

This logo (J*D) represents Pierre Jaquet Droz's master's mark. He used to put it on the watches he sold to Asia (Emperor of China) before he opened up his second manufacturing workshop in London in 1774.

It was common in the 18th century that all the business with the South-East Asian markets used to be done trough agents in London (Henry Maillardet, J.Cox and Sons and later Cox and Beale). The agents often engraved their names on the watches of Jaquet Droz in order to make believe that they produced them (similar to what happens today...). Pierre Jaquet Droz used to put his seal on most of these watches to ensure that one could recognize it's a original from Jaquet Droz's manufacture.

That is also the main reason why they build up the workshop in London in 1774 so that they could do the business directly with SEA and especially Ch'ien Lung and to ensure that their was no misuse of their time pieces. That is why you often find antique Jaquet Droz time pieces engraved with "Jaquet Droz London".

Best regards,

Manuel Emch
Montres Jaquet Droz SA

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