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May 20 2003 at 3:05 AM

ThomasM  (Premier Login thepurist178)
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PeterCDE
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Q: What´s the meaning of the stars in the JD logo?

August 16 2003, 8:20 AM 

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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PeterCDE
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The star logo

August 16 2003, 8:33 AM 

Note the stars between J and D:


 
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PeterCDE
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Q: Where is Jaquet-Droz located? And what is the contact info?

August 16 2003, 8:30 AM 

Jaquet-Droz
Rue Jaquet Droz No 5
2300 La Chaux-De-Fonds
phone: 032 911 28 88
fax: 032 911 28 92

websites:
http://www.jaquet-droz.ch
http://www.jaquet-droz.com

email:
info@jaquet-droz.com

And some interesting side note, as stated by Manuel Emch (CEO of Jaquet-Droz):

"Jaquet Droz administarion and facility is located in
La Chaux-de-Fonds at Rue Jaquet Droz No 5 (Jaquet Droz Street) at the very same location were the first manufacturing facility was built up by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1738! (Unfotunately not the original farmhouse but a very nice building dating from the 19th century)

We put a lot of attention in preserving our history and heritage.

We also constituted the biggest collection of antique Jaquet Droz timepiece... displayed in our workshop."


    
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PeterCDE
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Q: And where to get a catalogue? Or a list of retailers?

August 16 2003, 8:47 AM 

Just
- head over to
http://www.jaquet-droz.com
(you will need the Flash Player plugin)

- enter the site by clicking the main logo
- click "contact"
- click on "order catalogue"
- or click on "order retailer´s list"


 
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PeterCDE
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French country names

July 25 2004, 9:48 PM 

A list of countries on the catalogue ordering page; please notice "USA" equals Etats-Unis d'Amérique (listed under "E":


country codes


AF - Afghanistan
ZA - Afrique du Sud
AL - Albanie
DZ - Algérie
DE - Allemagne - Germany / Deutschland
AD - Andorre
AO - Angola
AI - Anguilla
AQ - Antarctique
AG - Antigua et Barbuda
AN - Antilles Néerlandaises
SA - Arabie Saoudite
AR - Argentine
AM - Arménie
AW - Aruba
AU - Australie
AT - Autriche
AZ - Azerbaïdjan
BS - Bahamas
BH - Bahreïn
BD - Bangladesh
BB - Barbade
BE - Belgique
BZ - Belize
BJ - Bénin
BM - Bermudes
BT - Bhoutan
BY - Biélorussie
BO - Bolivie
BA - Bosnie Herzégovine
BW - Botswana
BR - Brésil
BN - Brunei
BG - Bulgarie
BF - Burkina Faso
BI - Burundi
KH - Cambodge
CM - Cameroun
CA - Canada
CV - Cap Vert
CL - Chili
CN - Chine
CY - Chypre
VA - Cité du Vatican
CO - Colombie
KM - Comores
CG - Congo
KR - Corée
KP - Corée du Nord
CR - Costa Rica
CI - Côte d'Ivoire
HR - Croatie
CU - Cuba
DK - Danemark
DJ - Djibouti
DM - Dominique
EG - Egypte
AE - Emirats arabes unis
EC - Equateur
ER - Erythrée
ES - Espagne
EE - Estonie
US - Etats-Unis d'Amérique - USA
ET - Ethiopie
FI - Finlande
FR - France
GA - Gabon
GM - Gambie
GE - Géorgie
GS - Georgie du Sud et…
GH - Ghana
GI - Gibraltar
GR - Grèce
GD - Grenade
GL - Groenland
GP - Guadeloupe
GU - Guam
GT - Guatemala
GN - Guinée
GQ - Guinée Equatoriale
GW - Guinée-Bissau
GY - Guyane
GF - Guyane française
HT - Haïti
HN - Honduras
HK - Hong Kong
HU - Hongrie
BV - Ile Bouvet
PN - Ile de Pitcairin
MU - Ile Maurice
KY - Iles Caïmans
CX - Iles Christmas
CC - Iles Cocos
CK - Iles Cook
SJ - Iles de Svalbard Jan…
FK - Iles Falkland
FO - Iles Féroé
FJ - Iles Fidji
MP - Iles Mariannes
MH - Iles Marshall
HM - Iles Mc Donalds
NF - Iles Norfolk
UM - Iles périphériques…
SB - Iles Salomon
TC - Iles Turques et Caïques
VI - Iles Vierges…
VG - Iles Vierges…
WF - Iles Wallis et Futuna
IN - Inde
ID - Indonésie
IQ - Irak
IR - Iran
IE - Ireland
IS - Island
IL - Israël
IT - Italie
JM - Jamaïque
JP - Japon
JO - Jordanie
KZ - Kazakhstan
KE - Kenya
KG - Kirghizistan
KI - Kiribati
KW - Koweït
LA - Laos
LS - Lesotho
LV - Lettonie
LB - Liban
LR - Liberia
LY - Libye
LI - Liechtenstein
LT - Lituanie
LU - Luxembourg
MO - Macao
MK - Macédoine
MG - Madagascar
MY - Malaisie
MW - Malawi
MV - Maldives
ML - Mali
MT - Malte
MA - Maroc
MQ - Martinique
MR - Mauritanie
YT - Mayotte
MX - Mexique
FM - Micronésie
MD - Moldavie
MC - Monaco
MN - Mongolie
MS - Montserrat
MZ - Mozambique
MM - Myanmar
NA - Namibie
NR - Nauru
NP - Népal
NI - Nicaragua
NE - Niger
NG - Nigeria
NU - Niue
NO - Norvège
NC - Nouvelle Calédonie
NZ - Nouvelle Zélande
OM - Oman
UG - Ouganda
UZ - Ouzbékistan
PK - Pakistan
PW - Palau
PA - Panama
PG - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée
PY - Paraguay
NL - Pays-Bas
PE - Pérou
PH - Philippines
PL - Pologne
PF - Polynésie française
PR - Porto Rico
PT - Portugal
QA - Qatar
CF - République centrafricaine
CD - République…
DO - République dominicaine
CZ - République tchèque
RE - Réunion
RO - Roumanie
UK - Royaume Uni - UK
RU - Russie
RW - Rwanda
KN - Saint-Christophe et…
SM - Saint-Marin
PM - Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
VC - Saint-Vincent et les…
SH - Sainte-Hélène
LC - Sainte-Lucie
SV - Salvador
WS - Samoa
AS - Samoa américaines
ST - Sao Tome et Principe
SN - Sénégal
SC - Seychelles
SL - Sierra Leone
SG - Singapour - Singapore
SK - Slovaquie
SI - Slovénie
SO - Somalie
SD - Soudan
LK - Sri Lanka
SE - Suède
CH - Suisse
SR - Surinam
SZ - Swaziland
SY - Syrie
TJ - Tadjikistan
TW - Taiwan
TZ - Tanzanie
TD - Tchad
IO - Territoire
TF - Territoire français
TH - Thaïlande
TP - Timor oriental
TG - Togo
TK - Tokelau
TO - Tonga
TT - Trinidad et Tobago
TN - Tunisie
TM - Turkménistan
TR - Turquie
TV - Tuvalu
UA - Ukraine
UY - Uruguay
VU - Vanuatu
VE - Venezuela
VN - Vietnam
YE - Yémen
YU - Yougoslavie
ZM - Zambie
ZW - Zimbabwe

languages


Francais - Francais - french - französisch
Anglais - Anglais - english / english
Allemand - Allemand - german / deutsch

 
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PeterCDE
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Q: Is the name of the company Jaquet Droz or Jaquet-Droz (with hyphen)?

August 16 2003, 8:34 AM 

Please see this thread for reference:

http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/thread?forumid=250820&messageid=1055527932

As stated by Manuel Emch, CEO of Jaquet Droz:

"Originally (in the 18th century), there was no hyphen in the name Jaquet Droz. The hyphen came only later (first half of 20th century). And we decided to get back to the origins.

As an interesting anecdote: Our company is located in rue Jaquet Droz in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The original street sign (on one end of the street) is without the hyphen and the newer one (set some years ago) is with the hyphen!

As another interesting anecdote: Antiquorum, the auction house, uses Jaquet Droz without a hyphen lately since their historian told them that historically there is no hyphen.

Unfortunately somebody has reserved the domain name jaquetdroz.com and we could only use jaquet-droz.com because we did not want to take legal action against. Investment in time and effort in getting back this domain would not have been worth as we should get back the domain name within the next 2 years.

Best regards,

Manuel Emch
Montres Jaquet Droz SA"

Thank you, Mr. Emch!

 
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PeterCDE
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Q: And what does JD`s CEO, Mr. Manuel Emch, look like?

November 15 2003, 10:25 AM 

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PeterCDE
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Q: What is the meaning of "Numerus Clausus"?

April 27 2004, 12:32 PM 

A: Whenever you come across a piece with that inscription, it´s a rare occurance: Numerus Clausus means it is a Limited Edition!

 
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PeterCDE
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Q: Which different watch lines are offered by Jaquet Droz?

April 27 2004, 1:13 PM 

(as of April 2004):

There are three lines, all of them named after the foundation dates of the workshops by Piere Jaquet Droz:

  1. "Hommage Genève 1784"
    That is, the Grande Seconde line (click here) including iterations

  2. "Hommage La-Chaux-de-Fonds 1738"
    Which are complicated models:
    • the "Les Lunes" retrograde moon phase,
    • the "Equation du Temps",
    • the "Les Douzes Villes" world time watch,
    • the Chronograph Monopoussoir (new for 2004),
    • the Tourbillon Minute Repetition (new for 2004).


  3. "Hommage Londres 1774"
    Which reminds of the London workshop and offers the more pieces with a more sportive design, such as the tonnneau-shaped GMT (click here) or the chronograph (click here)



    
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Michael.ting
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Q: What information is available on Pre-Swatch Jaquet Droz models?

June 23 2006, 4:11 AM 

Due to the overwhelming request for vintage Droz information I sent an email to J*D and here is the question with reply:

Q: There are a lot of questions surrounding watches with the name Jaquet Droz on the dial from the 1960-2000 when SWATCH acquired the company. Does J*D have any archived catalogs or information regarding these models. It may help enthusiasts "bridge the gap" between Pierre Jaquet Droz and the current J*D line. It will also help new enthusiasts distinguish between the mediocre pieces made in 1960 and the amazing quality/workmanship of the new Jaquet Droz models.

A: A consortium of watch components suppliers, under the name “Jaquet Droz” created and distributed in the period from 1960 to 1970 (around 10 years) some lower prized products. This low segment orientation was mainly due to the very difficult market environment at that time. These watches are identifiable by the logo representing an arrow.

As a matter of fact, there is no direct link between Montres Jaquet Droz SA as it exists today and that consortium. Today, we are in no position to give more details regarding this old production nor to guarantee any customer service as we have no archive nor spare parts whatsoever.

In the Nineties, the name Jaquet Droz was re launched under the roof of Breguet. At that time, a few exclusive timepieces were created on the request of end consumers mainly, like the King of Morocco. The production was very limited and high-end but the product philosophy and the design were far from the spirit of the collection today. After a few years, the company faced financial problems because of a too limited distribution network.

In the year 2000, the Swatch Group took over the brand and officially re launched it the year after. The product philosophy has been rethought for a more powerful design and contemporary approach blending the tradition of fine craftsmanship.

With our new models, we aim at perpetuating the spirit of exclusivity and uniqueness of the creator, Pierre Jaquet Droz, by demonstrating the same thirst for invention, innovation and excellence. We have decided to limit the production of our models and to give a new lease on life to the technique of “grand feu” enamelling. We devote extreme care to design and respect the skills of fine craftsmanship that made the 18th century dials shine with such splendour. Moreover, thanks to our “made-to-measure” dial concept based on natural minerals chosen by the future owners, each Jaquet Droz timepiece thus becomes unique, peerless, rare and precious.


Hope you all found this as enlightening as I did.

Thank you Ms. Kottelat (J*D marketing director) for all the research and answer.

Cheers, Mike

 
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