Jaquet Droz Watch Repairs and Services
Jaquet Droz Watch Repair UK
The story of Jaquet Droz watches starts in 1721 on a small farm called La Ferme de Sur le Pont (The Farm by the Bridge) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It was then that one Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born. He quickly developed an aptitude and interest in mechanics and precision clock making, starting a lifelong passion with clockwork mechanics. His eye for detail and hand for precision are trademarks of the Jaquet Droz watchmakers to this day.
Here at Repairs By Post we pride ourselves on having the same passion and deft hand for horology that Pierre Jaquet-Droz exemplified. With over 30 years of experience in the watch repair and watch service industry you can be rest assured that any problem or fault your Jaquet Droz watch has, we can fix it. Not only do we specliase in Jaquet Droz watch repair, we also offer watch services for Rolex, Jaquet droz, Breguet, and many more luxury watch brands.
You can be safe in the knowledge that when you leave your Jaquet Droz watch with us that it is in the best possible hands. Each watch is worked on by a skilled craftsman. Each watch is repaired to the highest standard and we can even source specialised components according to your requirements. Be it a new watch band or watch strap or even a whole new Jaquet Droz movement, we will put the time and effort required into ensuring you get the highest level of watch repair possible. We specialise in Jaquet Droz watch repairs, and now even offer vintage watch restoration too.
No matter if your Jaquet Droz is a few years or a few decades old, we have the skills, equipment, and experience to restore it to its original working order.
Contact us today for all your Jaquet Droz watch repair and servicing needs. We love to hear from our customers as they often share the same passion for watches that we possess here at Repairs By Post. No matter the size of the job, our dedication to the horological cause means that we treat every timepiece with the utmost care and afford it the same respect we would its owner.
Jaquet Droz Watch Repair
For any Jaquet Droz watch, we can replace the watch battery, watch strap and hands. We can also repair or replace the movement. Our Jaquet Droz repairs and Rolex watch restorations is something we pride our business on and thanks to our easy and quick postal service we don’t have an expensive, physical retail space. This allows us to offer some of the most competitive prices available on the market. It is advised that to keep your Jaquet Droz watch in perfect working order to get a full watch service every 3 – 5 years. Our range of experience should speak for itself; we don’t specialise solely in Jaquet Droz watch repairs, but can also deal with a plethora of other brands. Repairs by Post are experts in Jaquet Droz watch mending and handle most of our own repairs. If, however, your watch does need to be sent away to Jaquet droz you can trust that the work will always be undertaken by their finest horologists. We service Jaquet droz watches expertly with great attention to detail.
Common Jaquet Droz Watch Repairs
Some of the common repairs that we undertake at Repairs by Post on Cartier watches are:
- Hand replacement
- Dial replacement
- New glass
- Bezel and bracelet refurbishment
- Cartier Mechanical Service
- New batteries
- Bezel replacement
- Cartier polishing service
The History of Jaquet Droz
1721 – Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born on La Ferme de Sur le Pont in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He began to take a serious interest in precision mechanics and horology after some older relatives from the Sandoz, Robert, and Brandt-di-Grieurin families take him under their wings. It proved to be an eye opening revelation for him, inspiring a passion for horology and precision mechanisms that would last until his death.
1738 – 1747 – In these years, Jaquet-Droz acquired his first workshop and devoted himself entirely to the art of clock making. He produced a series of longcase (or “grandfather”) clocks whose increasingly complicated movements outstripped anything that had been produced earlier. His deft manual dexterity, devotion to his craft, and almost obsessively meticulous nature – combined with a careful, reasoned application of mechanical principles – result in Jauqet-Droz adding music and automata to his movements, which quickly captured the attention of a wealth and demanding clientele.
1750 – 1758 – After firmly establishing himself in the clock making profession, Jaquet-Droz married Marianne Sandoz in 1750. A few short years after the birth of his two children – Julie in 1751 and then Henri-Louis in 1752 – Pierre Jaquet-Droz lost his wife and then his daughter in 1755. He was never to remarry, instead devoting himself entirely to the world of clockmaking.
In a chance encounter that would alter the course of his life and prove decisive to the success of his international career, Jaquet-Droz met George Keith, Lord Marischal, Governor of the principality of Neuchâtel. It was he who advised him to present his creations abroad, especially in Spain where he could help with introductions to the court. With the support of the Governor and the help of his father-in-law and a hired hand named Jaques Gevril, Jaquet-Droz built a special carriage designed to carry six clocks and left for Spain in 1758.
1759 – After making a sizeable amount of money in Spain, Jaquet-Droz returned to La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1759. The wealth he brought back allowed his to concentrate exclusively on crafting watches, clocks, and automata that were destined to become famous. He set about his work, aided in his endeavours by his son Henri-Louis and a neighbour’s son, Jean-Frédéric Leschot. Jaquet-Droz took Leschot into his own home after the boy lost his mother. Jaquet-Droz always treated Leschot as if he were his own biological son, and this was the beginning of a close and fruitful relationship.
1774 – Pierre Jaquet-Droz decided to set up a workshop in London, a hub for industry and trade, under the control of his son Henri-Louis. Due to his obligation to travel, the younger Jaquet-Droz was compelled to delegate some of his duties, entrusting management of the London operation to Leschot. One of the main responsibilities laid on Leschot was to oversee the working relationship with prominent traders James Cox London, who agents in Canton opened up the Far East as a market for Jaquet-Droz and for many years represented his interested in China, Japan, and India. In the heart of 18th-century Beijing, the Emporer himself – as well as his courtiers – collected Jaquet-Droz clocks.
1784 – Over the next ten years, the company continued to succeed and expand. It sold automata, clocks, watches, and singing birds all over the world. Not all blossomed however. The insidious London fog and harsh climate of La Chaux-de-Fonds were detrimental to Henri-Louis’ delicate health, and so in 1784 he decided to move to Geneva.
The artistic and literary atmosphere was to his taste, and soon his adoptive brother Leschot joined him in the city. They decided to set up the city’s first watchmaking manufacture, a year before Vacheron Constantin set up shop. Both Henri-Louis’ and Leschot’s interest, talent, and participation in civic life were quickly noted and approved. Both men were awarded with the highly south after Bourgeois d’Honneur Award, and their involvement was welcomed in municipal activities. Henri-Louis was admitted to the newly reinstated Société des Arts, which was very active in the advancement of technical training.
Henri-Louis helped set up a factory-school in Geneva to make cadratures for repeater watches, developed many projects centred around horological techniques, and was a vocal advocate for professions related to watch making. His father, Pierre, moved into the house of a watchmaker named Dental at the corner of Rue Molard and rue de Rhône, which housed the workshops and his son’s apartments.
1788-1790 – This was the year the success and prosperity of Jacquet-Droz and Leschot peaked, but it was short lived. In 1790, drafts made on their principal correspondence in China came back unpaid. Alongside their principal client in London failing, this put the company in the red, and several of their partnerships had to be liquidated. The result reduced Jaquet-Droz to a far smaller, boutique manufacturing company.
In more recent years, the company has been acquired by the Swatch group and returned to the town of its origin, La Chaux-de-Fonds. It opened its new Atelier de Haute Horologie there in the summer of 2010, giving it a spacious and modern workshop from which it could meet the strong market demand.