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”
A warmed up stage, a drum kit, a few guitars and a harmonica: “It’s only rock’n’roll!” Today, Jaquet Droz unveils the first out of the 23 unique timepieces to retrace the world of the Rolling Stones through motion. Beside the arm of a record player that hovers over a platinum album replica (the power reserve), a scene depicts their signature instruments in miniature paintings and gold thread. The external disc rotates up to 8 consecutive times for 30 seconds and is adorned with the albums that the collector will choose for his unique timepiece. At 9 o'clock, the iconic tongue beats rhythmically, from left to right and from top to bottom. “And I like it!”
After three years of work, Jaquet Droz and John Howe have developed an Art Watch dedicated to emotion, wonder and fantasy. Draped in gold and rare stones, their dragon has a record 9 distinct animations. Inside a 43 mm case, the piece is entirely handmade and can be customized almost without limit by the client. Thanks to a Studio in the heart of the Jaquet Droz head quarter, clients will be offered an immersive phygital experience that will allow them to witness the live creation of their timepieces. There is no series to be announced, only unique pieces.
The “Effinger” clock dated from 1783 and signed Jaquet-Droz, has been sold at CHF 256,000.-, which is more than three times the starting bid of CHF 70,000.-, during the Koller auction on March the 31st 2022.
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