For nearly three centuries, the Grande Seconde has had one of the most unique designs in Fine Watchmaking. Its off-center display combines a seamless view of the hours and minutes with the precision of a large second hand. Now, Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième includes a 41 mm diameter.
This new size was a chance for Jaquet Droz to take a fresh approach to several design elements. The watchmaker says that everything, or almost everything, has been given a second look. The case was redesigned to 41 mm. It was thinned down slightly to make it lighter on the wrist.
New finishes were also specially developed for this collection. There is a wide range of Grande Seconde Quantième 41 mm watches with Grand Feu enamel dials. The dials now come in new tones: ivory, deep blue, burgundy and anthracite. The date is displayed at 6 o’clock with an 18-carat red gold applique. In addition to these four colours, there is a matte black dial, a titanium grey sandblasted version and a sandblasted silver.
The first four versions with classic watchmaking aesthetics are on offer with the case, appliques and oscillating weight in red gold matching the Grand Feu enamel dial. The other three feature a contemporary steel case suited for more modern finishes such as gold, rhodium-plated or coloured appliqués that strike contrasts. They include an open-worked oscillating weight for optimal rewinding and an unobstructed view of the hand-assembled Jaquet Droz self-winding movement that ensures a nearly three-day power reserve (68 hours).
Like almost all of Jaquet Droz’s modern-day creations, a silicon balance spring is used to control the isochronism and make the timepiece resistant to temperature changes, magnetic fields and shock. With these seven new models, Jaquet Droz is ushering the Grande Seconde into the 21st century in the utmost of style while showcasing the novelty of a design with lines that follow every curve of its time.
Stainless steel case or 18-karat red gold case.
Diameter 41 mm.
Jaquet Droz 2660Q2, self-winding mechanical movement
Off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock
Large off-centered second at 6 o’clock
Pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock
3 bar (30 meters)
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