According to Jaquet Droz, the Charming Bird is the first singing bird automaton wristwatch ever made and the fourth step in the company’s revival of 18th century miniature painting, engraving, sculpture, automata technology, and miniaturization. The 47-mm 18-carat white gold case not only includes the painstakingly detailed bird, but also uses a background of a transparent sapphire to reveal the hand-wound, 29-jewel Jaquet Droz 610 movement, which runs for 40 hours at 21,600 vibrations per hour.
The Charming Bird may be charming, but it’s not cheap at an asking price of US$500,000. Production is limited to only 28 units.
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