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Jaquet Droz Congratulates ’Hugo’ On Its Five Academy Award Wins

Originally Posted: February 27, 2012


Southampton - Distinctive Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz is proud to congratulate Director Martin Scorsese and his film, "Hugo," for its five Academy Award wins, including one for Best Cinematography.

In a recent article, the prop maker for the film, Dick George, credited Jacquet Droz automatons as his inspiration for the robots in the movie - giving renewed relevance to an innovation that spans nearly 300 years.

These wondrous masterpieces are currently touring in Switzerland under the exhibition name "Automates et Merveilles."

Pierre Jaquet Droz, born in 1721, was not only an ingenious watchmaker, but well known for perfecting and marketing sophisticated automatons. His work culminated with three humanoid robots: The Writer, The Draughtsman and The Musician, which were presented in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1774. These three masterpieces, admired by connoisseurs from all over the world, are today still revered as engineering feats.

The Jaquet Droz creations first toured from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Geneva and then, in 1775, to Paris where they were presented to Louis XVI and his queen, Marie-Antoinette. Soon after, they were shown in the most prominent courts of Europe, with visits to London, the Low Countries and Flanders in 1780-1781, as well as northern France. They returned to Paris in 1782 and 1783, and exhibited in Lyon in 1784. The automatons also travelled to the Russian court in Kazan and to Madrid.

About Jaquet Droz

Since it was first established in 1738, Jaquet Droz has perpetuated the spirit of innovation and aesthetic refinement of its founder, Pierre Jaquet Droz. The first watchmaker to set up shop in Geneva, this ingenious inventor and man of uncommon vision conquered the royal courts of Europe and China with his stunning creations: fabulous humanoid automata and precious musical watches. Expressing the values of the Age of Enlightenment, this elegant and well-traveled philosophy still forms the core of our identity. Jaquet Droz timepieces have always combined design, materials with the most unexpected mechanical refinements. The most elaborate complications are beautifully showcased with the purity of enamel or the luster of pearls and precious stones. The Manufacture's exclusive spirit is intact after nearly three centuries, as attested by its exquisite dials, made to order from precious minerals and rare woods, its ultra-select collections and its Numerus Clausus limited editions. At Jaquet Droz, we remain true to our time-honored goal, namely, to push back the limits of the watchmaker's art for your greater pleasure.


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