Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph | © Jaquet Droz
© Jaquet Droz

Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph Onyx: absolute intensity

For the first time, the Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph is equipped with an onyx dial. This unique mineral allows the delicate composition designed by Jaquet Droz to stand out.

The new Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph is now offered with an onyx dial for the very first time. It joins the long tradition of mineral dials at Jaquet Droz. Through its intensity onyx grants the timepiece unprecedented depth. The hour markers, off-center at 1 o’clock, feature fine white gold appliqué and a circular satin finish. The hands are mirror polished, while those of the chronograph and date are polished. The large central seconds is equipped with an openwork counterweight, and the date with a solid counterweight, evoking a full moon or new moon against a black backdrop.

Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph | © Jaquet Droz
Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph case-back | © Jaquet Droz

This mechanical ballet is arranged to the “off-centre”, according to which the retrograde date is located at 7 o’clock. At its heart is nestled the chronograph’s 30-minute counter. The Jaquet Droz 26M5R caliber, an automatic monopusher chronograph with column wheel, is the heart of the watch. It is revealed through a sapphire crystal case back with its openwork oscillating weight in red gold, which unmasks the Cotes de Genève applied to each bridge.

Finally, the Grande Seconde Off-Centred Chronograph is a modern interpretation of the famous “8” traced out by the Grande Seconde, almost three centuries ago. The Greeks saw in onyx the imprint of the body of Venus and considered it the symbol of love. Twenty centuries later, Jaquet Droz offers its own interpretation.

Technical specifications

Movement:Jaquet Droz 26M5R, monopusher chronograph, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, single barrel, column wheel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight
Indications:Off-centred hours and minutes at 1 o’clock
Centred chronograph seconds
Chronograph 30-minute subdial at 7 o’clock
Off-centred retrograde date at 7 o’clock
Power reserve:40 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v/h 
Case:Stainless steel case, crown push-button
Diameter 43 mm
Height 14.83 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance:To 3 bar (30 m)
Dial: Black onyx dial with 18-karat white gold appliqué
Date with lacquered red tip
Strap:Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator
Clasp:Stainless steel folding clasp

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