Famous watchmakers

Henri Louis Jaquet-Droz

1752 - 1791

Henri Louis Jaquet-Droz © mhe

Swiss clockmaker.

Son of Pierre Jaquet Droz.

Associated with his father and adopted brother, Jean Frédéric Leschot.

Renowned for making watches with automatons and singing birds.

Key dates

1768 to 1774

Construction, with Pierre Jaquet Droz and Jean Frédéric Leschot of several automatons including the "writer" (6,000 parts), the "lady musician" (2,500 parts) and the "draughtsman" (2,000 parts), now kept at the Museum of Art and History at Neuchâtel (Switzerland).