Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz pays tribute to the historic Independent Seconds complication with a revised version of its iconic Grande Seconde model, equipped with a new caliber.
A masterpiece of watchmaking precision, the Independent (or "Deadbeat") Seconds is a very rare complication created during the Age of Enlightenment, at a time when Pierre Jaquet-Droz was crisscrossing Europe to present his timepieces at the royal courts of a continent in an intellectual fever. This new technique meant that the direct-drive seconds hand no longer advanced in a linear fashion, but rather made a small jump every second, giving extremely accurate measurements that were soon to lead to the birth of the chronograph.
Model: Grande Seconde Deadbeat
Numerus Clausus: 88
Jaquet Droz 2695SMR, self-winding mechanical movement, single barrel, independent seconds, 18-carat red gold oscillating weight
Jewelling: 34 jewels
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h
Off-centered hours and minutes
Large central independent seconds
Retrograde date display with hand at 6 o'clock
18-carat red gold case
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.79 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)
Ivory Grand Feu enameled dial
Hands: 18-carat red gold
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat red gold ardillon buckle
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