The brand is donating a very special one-of-a-kind Grande Seconde Skelet-One timepiece to the 2019 Only Watch auction.
“Time is money,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Jaquet Droz has once again chosen to donate its time to Only Watch to help the celebrated charity auction raise as much money as possible. The brand is delighted to donate a one-of-a-kind piece: a Grande Seconde numerus clausus 01/01 that will go under the hammer in Geneva on November 9th.
Jaquet Droz has been a sponsor of Only Watch since the beginning and donated to all seven editions. The proceeds of the auction go to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative condition with genetic causes that affects thousands of children and young adults worldwide. In recent years Only Watch has spearheaded fundraising efforts to fight the condition. Of almost $40 million raised by the charity, 99% has gone to fund research. The auction is held every two years and has been a huge success time and again thanks to the generous sponsorship of watchmaking brands. Jaquet Droz is proud to be among the prestigious Fine Watchmaking brands that pledge one-of-a-kind timepieces to the Only Watch auction, time after time.
In 2019, Jaquet Droz has chosen to donate an exclusive variation of its new Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic — a piece that marks a watershed in the centuries-old history of the Grande Seconde. In this one-of-a-kind edition, the rail-track, the gold hour, minute and seconds hands, and the rolled-edge hand-made strap are all reinterpreted in red. Contrasting with the black ceramic of the case and hour ring, red has been chosen as the color of love — and the flag of Monaco, where the charity is based. The Only Watch traveling exhibition will visit no less than 10 cities next fall, affording collectors from around the world an opportunity to admire this one-of-a-kind timepiece, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic for Only Watch.
“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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