The Grande Seconde collection redefines contemporary watchmaking with new timepieces blending strength of character and purity of lines. The brand’s iconic model has been re-imagined in a white ceramic version and two black versions with a “clous de Paris” finish – each limited to 28 pieces – for a novel interpretation of the collection.
The figure 8, the symbol of Jaquet Droz, is revisited in a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals, and accentuated by a dial featuring a “clous de Paris” motif. This type of guilloché work entails a series of geometric engravings recalling small pyramidal nails. Often found on classic-style watches, here it is brought to the forefront for a richly textured dial, which lends the timepiece a unique sense of character.
The fabric strap brings to mind “clous de Paris” motifs, while the watch’s monochrome style infuses it with an aura of simplicity, highlighting the poetry of these timepieces, whose power reserve of 68 hours makes them perfect daily companions. The Grande Seconde Power Reserve Black Ceramic model displays this feature via a golden-color scale in perfect harmony with the 18K red gold hours, minutes and seconds hands. The latter’s sparkle is beautifully enhanced by the contrasting black or white dial and red gold screws and crown, in the case of the white version.
The ceramic that makes up the case and dial counter – incredibly resistant and practically scratch proof – maintains its luster and color over time, for a watch synonymous with timelessness. Unique in design and exuding enduring elegance, each model is authenticated by an individual number engraved on the case back – the final detail ensuring the rigorous standards and ultimate singularity of every timepiece, in perfect tribute to each passing moment.
“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”
The Maison unveils the new radically innovative aesthetic of its masterpiece, whose tourbillon is revealed through meticulous geometry.
For the ninth consecutive time, Jaquet Droz is proud to donate a unique piece of its own creation, designed exclusively for Only Watch, a charity sale to benefit the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy), and featuring a degree of technical ambition and aesthetic never-before achieved: A Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon adorned with a plique-à-jour enamel dial.
Issued in eight pieces to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Bird Repeater, an automaton with a minute repeater, embodies the essence of the House. Its dial in white mother-of-pearl and black onyx features appliqués in 18K red gold. Multiple bird animations, eggs hatching and the river in the background breathe life into this creation. This weave of intricate animations, completely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, which is housed at the heart of its 18K red gold case in 47mm, one of fine watchmaking's most virtuoso complications.
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