Jaquet Droz revealed the first out of the 23 unique watches dedicated to the world of the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones Automaton is a unique high-level timepiece fitted with unique, customizable automatons. The ultimate collector’s item, it is imbued with priceless emotional value, such as a signed autograph by Mick Jagger or a beer shared with Ronnie Wood.
The 43 mm red gold case of The Rolling Stones Automaton depicts the iconic band’s stage set to perfection by hand. There is Ronnie Wood’s Fender Strat and double stack, the minimalist drums of the late Charlie Watts, and Keith Richard’s famous five-string guitar. The case is also decorated with six iconic albums from 1971 to the present day. Each collector will be able to choose the covers of these albums. They will be reproduced by hand by the craftsmen of Jaquet Droz on a disc able to rotate, on demand, around the central stage. The rotation lasts about thirty seconds and can be operated eight consecutive times thanks to the push-piece inserted in the crown, at 3 o’clock. The power reserve is indicated at 8 o’clock by a cam restoring the articulated arm and the diamond of a vinyl record player. Just below, the Stones logo moves up and down as the tongue simultaneously moves left and right.
The guitars and their amp are shaped by hand from a block of red gold, engraved then painted. The cymbals are carfted using a slightly curved gold disc in order to reproduce the precise curvature. Their stand is represented by a white gold thread. The various drum toms, also made of white and red gold threads, with a diameter from 1.2 to 2.3 mm. The exact color tone of each instrument, the tweed finish of the amp, the pickguard of the guitars, the tolex of the loudspeakers: every tiny detail is painted by hand. Mick Jagger’s harmonica is reproduced, next to his microphone, in a block of gold that does not exceed a few 1/10th millimeter.
The sapphire caseback features the red gold oscillating weight engraved with the name of the chosen album, among the 23 available, by the collector to illustrate the image under the central stage – with its release date and the name of the studio where it was recorded.
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