A exemplary with a twist… Much agreeable to us, we have been seeing more modest watches reappear in the course of recent years. For example, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde off-centered is presently accessible with a 39mm case, instead of the standard 43mm renditions, possibly too enormous to even think about being called dress watches. Things change. We go hands on with this stylish timepiece.
There is something emphatically sensible about the moderate Grande Seconde – the mark plan from Jaquet Droz. Its striking effortlessness is roused by a pocket watch made by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1784. Its style is offset with current, easy class: the off-centered hour and moment counter accepts the huge seconds counter, framing the figure eight. Stripped down to the basics, it feels immediately downplayed, modern and elegant.
Part of this assortment, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered, has that additional something that makes it extraordinary. Its winding crown is situated at 4 o’clock, and with it, the figure eight on its dial is shifted by some 30°. This loans the watch its novel character, adding a contort; straightforwardness with style. It is currently accessible in a 39mm case, notwithstanding the 43mm version.
Much agreeable to us, we have been seeing more modest watches reappear in the course of recent years. For a scope of wrist estimates, the 39mm cases find some kind of harmony between style, comfort and capacity. In this case, it is an incredible counterpart for the Grande Seconde’s plan and dial spread out, consummately occupying the accessible space on the watch face.
The two sub-dials combine Arabic and Roman numerals ringed by railroad track scales (for the gold and opaline dial renditions). The checking and engravings are kept to a base, with the JD logo in the seconds sub-dial and the subtitle ‘manufacturé en Suisse’. The alpha-type hands balance carefully with the dial.
Powering the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered is the programmed type JD2663.P. In light of another plan of the FP1150 type (with level extensions and new rotor), this twin-barrel development includes a silicon balance spring, silicon bed horns and a JD customized offset with outer screws. Ticking at 28,800 vibrations each hour (4Hz), it offers a solid force save of 68 hours. As we have come to anticipate from Jaquet Droz, the type has been done to an exclusive requirement with Geneva stripes radiating from the middle. The rotor has an iced finish (laser sandblasting) with precious stone cut cleaned surfaces and it is mostly skeletonized. Similarly as with all the developments from the brand, it is watchfully engraved with a clover.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered 39 mm is accessible in four distinct forms. The 18k red gold rendition has a stupendous feu finish dial. The steel renditions are combined with either a shimmering opaline, a dark onyx dial or an aventurine dial.
All varieties are complemented with a rembordé crocodile lash. The 18k gold variant is gotten with a pin clasp and the steel forms with a collapsing buckle. For more data, kindly visit www.jaquet-droz.com .
Technical determinations – Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered 39 mm
- Case: 39mm x 12.62mm – steel case or 18k red gold – sapphire gem with antireflective covering on the two sides – sapphire caseback – 30m water resistant
- Movement: type JD2663.P mechanical with automatic winding – 68h power save – 28’800 vibrations/h – 30 gems – off-centered hours, and minutes, huge off-centered seconds.
- Strap: dark croc calfskin tie with collapsing buckle
- Reference: J006010240 (steel adaptation, opaline dial)
- Price: CHF 9,400
The Grande seconde off-centered steel with Onyx dial retails for CHF 11,050, the pink gold form with finish dial CHF 20,000.