The Grande Seconde by Jaquet Droz gets reinvented with new colors in an interpretation at once modern and alive. Marrying contemporary materials with reinterpreted age-old finishes, this watchmaking classic bursts into the 21st century.
Dynamic and contemporary, urban yet sporty: the new variations of the Grande Seconde are surprisingly bold. Its full name highlights the technical and aesthetic choices that presided over its design: Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris.
In first position is the power reserve indication. Thanks to its two barrels, the Grande Seconde’s self-winding movement ensures a power reserve of 68 hours. This generous autonomy is accentuated on the dial by a semi-circular sector positioned at 9 o’clock. Gold in color, it is subtly balanced by the Grande Seconde’s three emblematic hands, crafted from 18-carat red gold: hours and minutes at 12 o’clock, off-centered large seconds at 6 o’clock. The former floats over a skillfully designed composition of interlacing Arabic and Roman numerals - a unique creation in Fine Watchmaking.
As for the ceramic, it lends the 44 mm case never-ending brilliance, seen here in glossy black. Virtually scratch-proof and unalterable, ceramic makes this new Grande Seconde destined for everyday use, ensuring an ever elegant wrist wherever you go: sporty, chic or relaxed, the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris adapts to any occasion with the equal refinement.
The Clous de Paris brings the classic touch for which the Grande Seconde is known. An emblematic finish in Fine Watchmaking, it is a type of guilloché work made up of criss-crossed, recessed lines that form small pyramids. But precisely reproducing this prestigious age-old finish is not enough for the new Grande Seconde. Firstly, it is featured in a new interpretation with a struck dial, allowing for recessed pyramids. Next, it is modernized with midnight-blue or carbon-gray tones, creating a textured motif for ever-changing brilliance when it catches the light. Both models are accompanied by a rolled-edged hand-made fabric strap, matched to the exact color of the dial.
These two highly limited series (Numerus Clausus of 28 pieces), certified by an individual number engraved on the case back, breathe new life into the Grande Seconde, making them destined for collectors of creative, contemporary Fine Watchmaking.
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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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