Record price for Automaton Clock

An antique Jaquet Droz Automaton clock fetched a record price in a recent auction by Antiquorum.

What may have been one of the most exciting auctions for the clock industry, saw the sale of an antique, signed, original “Jaquet Droz & Leschot” creation for over $1 million during the recent auction by Antiquorum.

Engraved by the master craftsman Pierre Jaquet-Droz in conjunction with their associate Jean-Frederic Leschot, the “L’Oiseau Privé” is an extremely rare find form the late 18thcentury. The perfume-bottle shaped neo-classical clock is eight inches high and most likely one of a kind representing the craftsmanship from the period.

The automaton in the gold clock houses a bird at the rear of the clock which emerges on demand from a secret compartment. Th clock's face is a signature enamel dial, encased in various Metiers d'Arts like engraving, painting, paillonne enamelling, and pearl setting. Have a look at the marvel below.


Launched in 2012, WatchTime India is the result of a collaboration between America's most-read watch magazine, WatchTime and, India's leading media house, Malayala Manorama. With an aim to popularise and celebrate the evolving watch culture of the country, the publication is your one-stop destination for everything related to fine luxury watches. From the latest tests to reviews, to exclusive features on the history and horological heritage of some of the most spectacular watch brands of the world, the WatchTime India portal has a lot to offer. Stay tuned for an exciting journey, through the fascinating world of watches!

Sign up for our newsletters to have the latest stories delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletters to have the latest stories delivered to your inbox