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Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born in 1721 on a small farm (La Ferme de Sur le Pont) in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He began to take a serious interest in clockmaking and precision mechanics under the tutelage of older relatives from the Brandt-dit-Grieurin, Sandoz and Robert families. It proved to be a true revelation for him.
A Tradition Of Lifelike Movements
Jaquet Droz is a watchmaker famous for its automatons, that is, robot-like mechanical contraptions that imitate people or animals.
The company has been a subsidiary of the Swatch Group since 2000. Its headquarters are in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but it has had a presence in Paris and London at various times in history.