The Fascinating New Faces Of Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde
Grande Seconde Chronograph
The wait is finally over – Jaquet Droz has introduced a chronograph in the Grande Seconde, one of its most beloved flagship models. Inspired by a pocket watch created by founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Grande Seconde, as its name suggests, features a large seconds sub-dial that overlaps the smaller hour-and-minute sub-dial; the result is a distinctive figure 8 motif on the dial.
The chronograph is one of the few complications yet to appear in a Grande Seconde - until now. The designers have managed to retain the signature 8 dial design by adding a central seconds hand for the chronograph while the bottom sub-dial houses the minute chronograph hand as well as the retrograde date indicator. It also retains its minimalist aesthetic by having the chronograph operable via a single pusher on the crown, instead of two separate push pieces.
The inaugural edition is limited to 88 pieces, and fittingly luxurious with its red gold case, Petit Feu enamel numerals and Grand Feu enamel dial. The non-limited models are in stainless steel case with dial options in silver, blue or taupe gray. The design for these models differs slightly too in that the bottom sub-dial is off-centred towards the left but balanced out by a crown positioned at 4 o’clock.
Grande Seconde Dual Time
The new travellers’ watch makes full use of the spacious lower counter. Apart from the seconds indication, it features a date ring and a second time zone; at the centre is an image of Earth’s continents, properly evoking that globe-trotting spirit. In addition, one can instantly discern whether it’s day or night back home thanks to the day and night distinction on the second time zone ring.
There are four references, two in stainless steel with onyx or silver dial, and another two in red gold with ivory or black Grand Feu enamel dial.
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Grand Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic
Stripped down to its bare essentials, the skeletonised version of the Grande Seconde is now given a high tech treatment in ceramic case. The lightweight, scratch-resistant material makes a nice match with the industrial mien of the openworked movement with the gear train fixed to the skeletonised bridges.
The blued screws, a hallmark in high-end watchmaking, offer a pop of colour amidst the muted tones that include 18k white gold hour circle and indexes. The large seconds sub-dial is made entirely of sapphire. The watch is paired with a blue canvas strap.
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