Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx

Jaquet Droz’s latest timepiece, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx displays a striking graphic simplicity and its stylized black dial of edgy, intense black draws one deep into the heart of the Swiss watch brand’s history.

The creative concept underlying this model was born in the 18th century, at the height of the Enlightenment, when Pierre Jaquet-Droz revolutionized watchmaking with his Grande Seconde. In conceiving two barely superimposed dials, one of them off-centered at 6 o’clock and with an extra-fine hand marking the seconds, Pierre Jaquet-Droz invented more than simply a new form of mechanism: he originated a new conception of Time, whose minutest instants became infinitely precious. Together the two dials form the figure 8, a symbol of balance and wholeness that the brand known by its twin stars would adopt for its lucky number.
The craftsmen at Jaquet Droz had already given an aesthetic twist to this understated motif by shifting the second dial slightly to 7 o'clock. 2016 sees a new variation introduced, featuring a 43-mm stainless steel case for the first time, whose diameter further amplifies the magnetic blackness of the dial. An exceptional color celebrated by artists since time immemorial, black takes on a whole new dimension in the Grande Seconde Off-Centered.
Following in the great tradition of the mineral dials created by Jaquet Droz, an onyx disc has been painstakingly cut and polished to form the dial of this watch. Its deep black harbors an extraordinary intensity, recalling the mystery of an inkpot, where an author dips the quill, or the silky satin that a couture designer fashions into a garment. With every movement of the wrist, its flawlessly even surface comes alive with reflections of almost liquid intensity. This voluptuous play of brilliance is made all the more stunning by the understated elegance of the indexes.
The Jaquet Droz craftsmen cut them directly into the 18-carat white gold circles of the large hours and minutes dial and the smaller seconds dial that combine to form the legendary figure 8. The metal’s mirror-like shine contrasts with the waves of light that run across the onyx disc and bring out the delicate reliefs of the rings and bezel.

The winding stem positioned at 4 o'clock adds a dynamic touch to this iconic new watch, which also comes in a version that teams a silvered opaline dial with an alligator leather strap.

Technical details
Grande Seconde Off-Centered OInyx
Reference: J006030270

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663A.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered second
Jeweling: 30 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter 43 mm
Height 12.00 mm
Winding-stem at 4 o’clock
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Black onyx dial, applied 18-carat white gold rings
Hands: Rhodium treatment

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp

Grande Seconde Off-Centered Silver
Reference: J006030240

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663A.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered second
Jeweling: 30 jewels
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter 43 mm
Height 12.00 mm
Winding-stem at 4 o’clock
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Silvery opaline dial and applied ring
Hands: Blued stainless steel

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp

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