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 adaptations, possibly too huge to even consider being called dress watches. Things change. We go hands on with this stylish timepiece.
There is something emphatically rational about the moderate Grande Seconde – the mark plan from Jaquet Droz. Its striking effortlessness is enlivened by a pocket watch made by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1784. Its style is offset with present day, easy polish: the off-centered hour and moment counter accepts the enormous seconds counter, shaping the figure eight. Stripped down to the basics, it feels without a moment’s delay 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 special character, adding a turn; straightforwardness with style. It is presently 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 extraordinary 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 adaptations). The stamping 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 richly with the dial.
Powering the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered is the programmed type JD2663.P. In view of another plan of the FP1150 type (with level scaffolds and new rotor), this twin-barrel development includes a silicon balance spring, silicon bed horns and a JD customized offset with outside screws. Ticking at 28,800 vibrations each hour (4Hz), it offers a sound force save of 68 hours. As we have come to anticipate from Jaquet Droz, the type has been done to an exceptionally exclusive requirement with Geneva stripes exuding from the middle. The rotor has an iced finish (laser sandblasting) with precious stone cut cleaned surfaces and it is halfway skeletonized. Similarly as with all the developments from the brand, it is carefully engraved with a clover.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered 39 mm is accessible in four unique renditions. The 18k red gold rendition has a great feu lacquer dial. The steel renditions are matched with either a brilliant opaline, a dark onyx dial or an aventurine dial.
All varieties are complemented with a rembordé gator lash. The 18k gold variant is gotten with a pin clasp and the steel forms with a collapsing buckle. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, 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 precious stone 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 crocodile cowhide tie with collapsing buckle
- Reference: J006010240 (steel form, opaline dial)
- Price: CHF 9,400
The Grande seconde off-centered steel with Onyx dial retails for CHF 11,050, the pink gold rendition with polish dial CHF 20,000.