10. Jaquet Droz
A watchmaker that started off as an exquisite clockmaker, Jaquet Droz was the first to open a factory in Geneve, Switzerland, and soon became one of the top 10 watch brands in the world. His mechanical genius produced watches that embedded some of the wisdom used in generating their exceptional grandfather clocks and featured many watches with automata and what separates them from other high-end watchmaking brands is that they are considered a more refined brand for those with only the most exquisite taste. The company’s founder traveled the world and produced masterpieces that were each uniquely inspired by the regions that were visited. Often found in France, Jaquet Droz presented Queen Marie-Antoinette of France with his watches. His pieces were often found in royal courts throughout the civilized world. The Emporer in Beijing of the Qing dynasty was marveled by his work and set up offices to import these fascinating mechanical works of art.
What made Jaquet Droz so unique was his ability to combine his art with precision micromechanics and produce timepieces that were both mechanically complicated and as aesthetically pleasing as fine art. With models such as those found in the La Chaux De Fonds Complications Collection which featured watches such as the Quantieme Perpetual Eclipse, the Rattrapante, and the Chronograph Monopusher this luxury watch brand is known for producing elegantly designed complexly engineered masterpieces. Jaquet Droz has many popular collections which include the Grande Seconde, Petite Heure Minute, Les Ateliers D’Arts, Grande Seconde SW, Lady 8, Grande Heuer, and Astrale Collections.