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Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Post by koimaster » August 28th 2019, 9:20am

Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a celebrated Swiss watchmaker and mechanic from the 18th century, known for his elaborate watches and mechanical devices, three of which are of particular interest in the context of this site—the humanoid automata the Writer, the Musician and the Draftsman.
Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born on 28 July, 1721, at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, into a wealthy family of watchmakers and farmers. Pierre was educated first to elementary level in his town, then in 1735 he enrolled at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Basel, where takes classes in mathematics and physics, given by the famous Daniel Bernoulli, as well as courses in theology, but soon abandoned his religious vocation for training as a watchmaker.

In 1738 Pierre Jaquet-Droz set up his first watchmaking workshop at a farm, called Sur Le Pont in his native La Chaux-de-Fonds. His initial works were on pendulum clocks, but at some moment he decided to specialize in automatic mechanisms, in which he would soon excel. Jaquet-Droz was attracted by automaton mechanisms and their technical difficulties and, sensitive to the admiration of some customers, soon specialized in their production. In 1753 he traveled to Paris and after the successful demonstrations, he dealt with the marketing of his pieces and strove to improve their mechanisms.



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