Childlike Unlimited Jacques Dro Automatic Dolls

For the upcoming Children’s Day, the ‘older kids’ seem to be looking forward to more than the children, perhaps because on this day, we, who have been serious in the adult world for too long, can quietly watch us Envy dolls for a long time, or simply buy a doll for yourself from the festival’s origins!
   Speaking of the most enviable dolls, one can’t help but think of the fantasy movie ‘Hugo’ directed by Martin Scorsese. In the bustling Paris train station in the late 1930s, the 12-year-old little orphan Hugo hid in a dark, narrow passage on the back wall of the station’s 27 clocks, relying on the clock to make a living. His greatest wish is to repair the robot left by his father, in order to read his father’s secret message. One day, he was surprised that the robot who was regarded as rubbish by others knew how to write and paint, only to understand why his father used it as a communication tool. In the movie, the robot is closely connected to Hugo’s deep feelings, and there are exciting stories hidden behind the robot.
   In reality, the prototype of this robot comes from the watchmaker Pierre Jaquet Droz, the founder of the famous watch maker Jacques DeRoux, hand-made ‘The Writer (The Writer).
   As early as 1774, Jacques Drouhe had designed and produced the classic ‘The Writer’, and met the public for the first time in La Chaux-de-Far watchmaking factory. At the time, there were also two of their other works-‘The Musician’ and ‘The Draughtsman’. Later generations referred to the above three robots as ‘Jacques Drucker Robots’. Even ‘(Jaquet Droz Automata). Jacques Dro designed the ‘writer’ into a three-year-old boy about 70 cm tall. Sitting on a Louis XV-style stool, he waved the quill pen diligently, dipped in ink, and nodded while blinking, which was far more realistic than the robot in the movie. According to records, the ‘writer’ releases two sets of gears in turn by a delicate system: the first set is installed on the upper end of the body, and the three basic cam movements are controlled by rotating the vertical rotation cylinder with three sets of cams, making it Move the pen horizontally or vertically, and write thick or thin strokes with the movement of the pen tip. After writing a letter, the second group of gears drives the camshaft to move up and down, first lifting the pen off the paper, and then lowering to write the next letter. As for the lower part of the body, it is controlled by the second set of gears. The 40 steel bolts around the disc alternately operate at an angle of 9 degrees each, making it possible to write any letter or symbol according to the setting, with a limit of 40 characters and 3 lines of text. The camshaft adjusts the position according to the instructions of the steel bolt, and outlines a specific letter. Different mechanical actions (such as opening a new line and inking) are also controlled by the same principle. In today’s advanced technology, making electric dolls is just a breeze. However, in an age of scarce tools, as many as 600 pieces of mechanical parts should be stored in the doll’s body, and then assembled, and a doll should be pushed by mechanical principles, which cannot be completed by non-masters.
   Hundreds of years have passed, and these three unparalleled automatic dolls are still on display on the first Sunday of each month at the Neuchatel Museum, so that the world can experience their unique style: ‘writer’ dolls The internal cam system can drive the hand to write, ‘The Musician’ can play the organ with his fingers; ‘The Draughtsman’ can draw four pictures, they are: Louis XV Portraits, Louis XV and Queen Marie Antoinette, puppy images, and Cupid, the goddess of love, riding a butterfly-driven two-wheeler.
Portrait of Louis XV

Royal couple portrait


Cupid Eros rides on a two-wheeled vehicle pulled by butterflies

   The design of each Jakodro robot doll is writing its own legend. These years are also a deep respect for Jakodro who created the legend, and nostalgia for the past days that have passed away! In 2000, Jacques de Lo watch and clock company joined the Swatch Group, and then committed to carry forward the expertise of the brand creator Pierre Jacques De Lo, continue to write the legendary history of the brand, and create one after another for the world. Handed down.
About Jacques Dro Watches
   Since the founder Pierre Jacques De Roy founded the first watch factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1738, Jacques Rodriguez has stood the watch altar with unswerving enthusiasm, continuous creativity and the highest craftsmanship. The typical Arabic numeral ‘8’ design on the dial is the symbol of Jacques de Loire, and the technique of the big fire enamel is the model of the brand’s ultimate craftsmanship. As early as the 18th century, Jacques Droo has created complex mechanical devices that are fascinating. Among them, the three most famous automatic dolls: writers, painters and musicians, have been displayed in Geneva and Paris in succession. Approval from Queen Mary Antoinette. At that time, it was not only favored by the royal family in Europe and Russia, but Jacques Drault also gained the favor of the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty in the distant China. At present, the Beijing Palace Museum also has a collection of Jacques Drault’s works. In 2000, Jacques Droux watch company joined the Swatch Group, and then committed to carry forward the expertise of the brand creator Pierre Jacques Dro, and continue to write the legendary history of the brand. Nowadays, the values ​​of pursuit of elegance and willingness to travel in the Enlightenment era are still the core philosophy of the brand: Jacques Dro watch always integrates design, materials and professional skills with its sophisticated watchmaking machinery. Just like the brand’s acclaimed purpose-to push the art of watchmaking to the extreme, in order to bring you more enjoyment.