Jaquet Droz previews an exceptional timepiece at Baselworld 2017 designed with a tourbillon that embodies a past-perfect fusion of its supreme mastery in mechanics and adornments.
Grande Seconde is the heart of the Jaquet Droz legend. A model harking back to the Enlightenment, this bold design was a permanent departure from watches that simply told time. Pierre Jaquet-Droz was the impetus behind time becoming a series of artistic moments of musings and journeys. The Grande Seconde carries the very essence of the 18th century when the brand known by its twin stars took flight.
Now Jaquet Droz is putting a new twist on these iconic lines to create a new standard in women's watches. Master craftsmen did this by choosing one of the most beautifully luminescent materials: mother-of-pearl. Fragile and delicate, it demands amazing dexterity to prevent chipping. With an age-old tradition of mineral dials, Jaquet Droz has all the expertise it needs to once again achieve flawlessness. The shimmering effects play off the gleam of red gold on the 39 mm case set with brilliant-cut diamonds plus the highlight on the dial and the folding clasp. Roman numeral indexes for hours and minutes are a touch of classicism in their own right, accentuating the blued-steel hands. Laid on a white satin strap, there is also a bit of mystery about the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl, like the gold oscillating weight adorned with white mother-of-pearl and the movement's bridges with a fanned Côtes de Genève design.
Priceless and discerning, the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl is an irresistibly feminine watch equipped with a tourbillon, one of the masterpieces of watchmaking complications. Countering the effects of gravity on the mechanics, tourbillons are a window into their own untold complexity. Like a tiny hypnotic sculpture deserving of high-precision surgery, this is the first time Jaquet Droz has given it a silicon balance spring and pallet horns. Flexible yet sturdy silicon is almost like a magical material that is rust-proof as well as insensitive to magnetism, non-extreme temperature changes and atmospheric pressure. The balance spring gives the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl unmatched time-telling precision. With a 7-day power reserve, the technological, stylish, invaluable, prodigious Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl comes in a limited edition of 88 pieces. The silhouette of the number is reminiscent of the dial's design imbued with the light of mother-of-pearl and the shimmer of diamonds.
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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