The Jacket Droz Rolling Stones Automaton is a micro-mechanical rock-and-roll tribute
Since playing their first note in 1962, the Rolling Stones have become one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, withmusic that has transcended generations and left a lasting impact on pop culture. Led by the charismatic Mick Jagger, theRolling Stones are now in their 60th year, an occasion that is being marked by Jaquet Droz with the Rolling Stones Automaton.
A signature timepiece of Jaquet Droz, the automaton watch is traditionally decorated with themes from the natural world(and occasionally the fantasy realm of dragons and elves). But the tribute to the Rolling Stones instead reproduces theirinstruments and rebellious album covers on a rotating vinyl record. Automatons by Jaquet Droz are beguiling thanks to the attention to detail evident in each watch, most of which are made to the client’s specifications and thus unique. The Rolling Stones Automaton very much personifies that ethos but in a very different way. It combines the brand’s trademark micro-automaton with late-20th century pop culture and manages to captures the spirit of the rock icons.
The Rolling Stones Automaton is a miniature homage to the brand’s music. Each band member’s musical instruments are intricately replicated on a tiny scale, including Keith Richards’ famous five-string guitar, Mr Jagger’s harmonica andmicrophone, along with the minimalist drum set used by the late Charlie Watts. And around the mini instruments are theband’s album covers on a vinyl record, which can be customised by the buyer. Jaquet Droz offers a selection of 23 albums,including chart toppers like Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.
The vinyl record is the automaton and meant to evoke a record player. When the automaton is activated by the pusher in the crown, the vinyl disc will spin for at least 30 seconds. And as the disc revolves, the red tongue emblem of the bandsways up and down at nine o’clock. On full wind, the automaton can be activated eight times before requiring winding.
While the Rolling Stones motif sets this apart from the typical Jaquet Droz automaton, the watch is otherwise identical interms of dimensions and mechanics. So to describe it as large is an understatement. At 43 mm in diameter and 16.96 mmhigh, it makes a statement on the wrist. But the size contrasts with the minute artistry on the dial, which is literally a rockconcert sitting on the wrist. At the heart of the Rolling Stones Automaton lies the manual-wind cal. 2653 AT2, a variant ofthe movement that powers the brand’s other automaton watches. Each timepiece will feature an engraved rotor that bearsthe name of a Rolling Stones album, as well as the year and place it was first recorded.