Deconstruction of a Jaquet Droz singing bird wristwatch automaton

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Deconstruction of a Jaquet Droz singing bird wristwatch automaton

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The miniaturisation of complications from horology and the world of automatons is the most challenging transition a mechanism can make. Whether a grand-sonnerie, toubillon or jacquemart, all of these mechanisms, born in the past carry the romance of tradition and history. Translating these mechanisms into wrist carried machines which endure the daily shocks of life is no small achievement. The final product requires consideration that goes beyond that of its ancestor's expectations. As such the results push forward both the innovative execution of the ideas, as well as watchmaking as a cultural statement that defines mechanical art.