Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time

Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s was a great traveler and the brand created several iconic models pay tribute to that spirit including the Twelve Cities, which gives the time in 12 capitals with a single hand, the Grande Heure GMT and the Time Zones.

In 2016, for the very first time, the brand has used the concept to inspire one of its most emblematic models: the Grande Seconde. Rejoicing in all the possibilities time presents, this historic piece is endowed with two off-center dials, slightly overlapping to delineate a figure eight, the brand’s tutelary number and a symbol of balance and infinity.
A new movement was developed to create an upper dial displaying the local time and a lower seconds dial, off-centered at six o’clock, that doubles up with an hours and minutes dial giving the reference time. All this is accomplished without compromising the elegance of the slender seconds hand that makes a complete rotation for every minute.
Remaining true to the aesthetic principles of the brand, the Jaquet Droz artisans conceived a classic, sophisticated display, starting with contrasting yet complementary indexes: Roman numerals on the upper counter and Arabic numerals on the lower. They also added a further complication - the date - indicated by a red-tipped hand that exploits and enhances the recessed lower sub-dial in a delicate structuring of form highly characteristic of Jaquet Droz.  Such a choice is equally reflective of a desire to achieve improved readability. At Jaquet Droz, aesthetic concern always goes hand in hand with convenience and technical excellence.  This is why the Grande Seconde Dual Time is Fitted with a silicon escapement with unrivaled chronometric performance and unaffected by magnetic fields.
A timepiece conducive to nomadic reverie and faultlessly reliable, the Grande Seconde Dual Time comes in three 43 mm-diameter versions: an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial with a red gold case, and a silvery opaline or onyx dial with a stainless steel case.

Grande Seconde Dual Time Silver, Reference: J016030240
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663H24, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight
42 jewels
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, off-centered large seconds
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.13 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Silver opaline dial

Hands
Hours, minutes, seconds, date and second time zone hand in blued steel
Date with red varnished tip

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

Grande Seconde Dual Time Onyx, Reference: J016030270
Case
Stainless steel
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.13 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663H24, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight
42 jewels
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, off-centered large seconds
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock

Dial
Black onyx dial, 18-carat white gold applied rings

Hands
Hours, minutes, seconds and date with rhodium treatment
Date with red varnished tip

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

Grande Seconde Dual Time Ivory Enamel
Reference: J016033200
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663H24, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 18-carat red gold oscillating weight

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, off-centered large seconds
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock

Case
18-carat red gold
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.13 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial, double level

Hands
Hours, minutes, seconds and date in 18-carat red gold
Date with red varnished tip
Second time zone hand in blued steel

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat red gold ardillon buckle

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