The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered by Jaquet Droz uses the new theme of gold and Black Jade, which brings together the principal codes of the Maison in a 43 mm timepiece. The alignment of the hours and minutes with the independent large seconds is respected but along a slightly slanted axis, from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock.
For the dial, the watchmaker uses Black Jade, also known by its scientific name of “amphibolite,” which is almost exclusively of Australian origin. It comes from two principal sites in the south and east of the continent. It is an extremely hard stone, thanks to the presence of metal in its composition, and requires lengthy polishing to reveal the tiny silver inclusions. Almost imperceptible to the naked eye, they enrich Black Jade with a unique reflection that allows knowledgeable collectors to distinguish it from onyx.
Today, Black Jade is at the heart of the new Grande Seconde Off-Centered, limited to 88 pieces. Worked by hand as a mineral sheet just 1mm thick, it is paired with a red gold case featuring warm, coppery highlights. The two circles and fine hands are also in red gold, creating a singular contrast that reflects the Art of Astonishment by Jaquet Droz.
Black Jade dial.
18-karat red gold case and appliques.
Self-winding mechanical movement.
Power reserve of 68 hours.
Diameter 43 mm.
Numerus Clausus of 88.
Jaquet Droz 2663A.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight
For more watchmaking novelties, click here.