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  1. Top 50 Watches 2018
September 10, 2018updated Sep 11, 2018


By Will Grice

Part of its exceptional Automata collection, the Tropical Bird Repeater is the newest rendition in Jaquet Droz’s now-famed bird repeater series. This mesmerizing timepiece, a series of just eight unique pieces, features a hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial and subdial. The watch celebrates nature and the automaton, which is activated by the minute repeater and shows a great dance of creatures in motion. The hand-carved and hand-engraved hummingbird moves toward orange birds of paradise while beating its wings up to 40 times per second. The peacock’s feathers open and close, and a toucan peeks out from palm leaves at 3 o’clock. Illuminating the scene are three dragonflies with Super-LumiNova-coated wings. The complicated new movement, Jaquet Droz RMA89, offers up to 120 different possible scenes. So as not to interfere with the tropical beauty, the watch features off-centered hours and minutes. The 47mm case is made of 18K white gold.

$661,500, available at Exquisite Timepieces in Naples, Florida, contact Eva Richardson,, +1 239 262 4545,

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