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20 December 2012

THE CERAMIC BY JAQUET DROZ

Giving concrete form to the mystery of time is the eternal challenge for a watchmaker. Jaquet Droz meets this challenge with the arrival of three models in ceramic. Scratchproof, inert and produced with exceptional expertise at extreme temperatures, the ceramic of the case symbolizes the values of purity, durability and refinement so dear to Jaquet Droz. GRANDE SECONDE CERAMIC BLACK Urban * London Collection Reference: J003035211 Contemporary in spirit, this timepiece displays an elegance that is intended to last: the 44 mm watchcase is made of resistant ceramic, whose color and radiance will never fade. The Manufacture has now complemented this exceptionally strong material, the hands in black gold with a touch of red on the tip of the seconds hand and the six markers it indicates. This new chromatic signature, which suggests an authentic, highly refined luxury that is entirely contemporary, brings a new dynamism to the two interlinked circles and it strengthens the compelling power of the number 8, the Manufacture’s symbol of good fortune. The same quest for perfection yielded the opaline black dial, and by the contrast between the matt face and the gleaming ring, carefully integrated. GRANDE SECONDE CERAMIC MOTHER-OF-PEARL Elegance * Paris Collection Reference: J003036208 Behind the immaculate and restrained form of this new and exceptional model collection lie all the know-how and the spirit of innovation that characterize the Manufacture. Tradition, first of all, since the Grande Seconde Ceramic Mother-of-Pearl adopts one of the historic designs of Jaquet Droz: the 8. Then beauty, evidently, of the dial in mother-of-pearl and the seconds hands in red lacquer. Finally, daring in the choice of a color so intensely present and rarely used in the world of watchmaking: the white. With its self-winding double-barrel mechanical movement, the Grande Seconde Ceramic Mother-of-Pearl appeals to the best in Jaquet Droz tradition: the power of its lines, its mechanical reliability, its unique design, and the contemporaneity of an integrated rubber band, also in white, set with 4 diamonds. PERPETUAL CALENDAR CERAMIC Complication * La Chaux-de-Fonds Collection Reference: J008335401 With the Perpetual Calendar Ceramic, Jaquet Droz makes a strong statement about its avant-garde identity in the world of Haute Horlogerie. Skilfully housing this famous complication in an ultra-contemporary case, the brand remains true to the ultimate aspiration of generations of superior craftsmen:to achieve simplicity. A complication that transcends Time, the Perpetual Calendar marks the passing of the days of every month, whose number changes in leap years. Its prodigious mechanical memory has become an obsession with the most exacting of connoisseurs and master craftsmen. The master dial-makers showed technical genius, working to specifications that demanded nothing less than perfection.For this Numerus Clausus of 88, they demonstrated the full measure of their talent by creating an opaline black dial adorned by a black gold ring with a fine-brushed finish. In the ranks of connoisseurs who know the ultimate value of Time, all eyes are on this mesmerizing timepiece, which can run for 100 years without the slightest adjustment.