A New Trend for Jaquet Droz – The Grande Heure Onyx Watch
Written By: D Constant for The Watch Review Site
As tradition has it the creations bearing the Jaquet Droz signature have always been grounded in excellence and imagination as can be seen when looking at Jaquet Droz historically. As normal and expected by Jaquet Droz and their timepieces which take the watchmakers history and encompass it with innovation, then add the gleam of metal which enhances the rare beauty of mineral dials used.
In keeping with this exclusive legacy, Jaquet Droz pursues its ethos by introducing two new elegant yet different timepieces, here at The Watch Review Site we will be looking at the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx which is part of the Majestic Beijing Jaquet Droz Collection, and is due to be launched at an exclusive watch retailer near you in May 2012.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx Watch
The Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx is created from a single cut disc of onyx (well the dial is), which when cut by the Jaquet Droz dialmakers bring out a stunning coloured black dial. The deep colour makes the dial look impecable and crystal like. The watchmakers behind the Grande Heure Onyx refer to the dial and its thoughts as time being reinvented on a dark night.
Other than the superb dial the first thiong that jumps out at you is the lack of Minute and Second Hands on the Jaquet Droz Grande Onyx, The only hand on the watch is the hour hand all others have vanished from the face of the watch…
How does that work I hear you ask? The dial has 24 numerals on it not the normal 12, numbered 1 to 24 dictating each hour of the day, hence the hour hand rounds once a day, The 12 hour mark is at the usual 12 o’clock position with the 24 at the standard 6 o’clock position.
This innovative dial reflects Jaquet Droz’s new take on the philosophy of time, the dial is an inspiring sight for the eyes and the simplicity adds to its beauty, continuing this theme the striking Black Onyx dial contrasting with the bright steel case proving to be a fabulous sight . Highlioghting the whole concept is again the single hour hand and the choice of Jaquet Droz’s Simple round case tops off this watch.
The Grande Heure Onyx is a typical Jaquet Droz timepiece and will attarct the watch aficionados of this world. As we all know a true timepiece connoisseur see much more to time than taking the frenzied pulse of everyday life: the mystery of its passing and the magic of its daily rebirth are an endless source of fascination, and the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx does not fail here either.
Its a lovely timepiece with a twist, at first glance it looks like a standard Jaquet Droz Watch (if there is such a thing as a standard Jaquet Droz Watch), but closer inspection leads you to a 24 hour dial with one hand…..
Technical Details – Jaquet Droz – Grande Heure Onyx Watch
Movement: Jaquet Droz 24JD53, self winding mechanical movement, double barrel, heavy metal oscillating weight.
Indications: Centered hours
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Case: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 3 Bar or 30 meters
Dial: Black onyx
Strap: Rolled edge hand made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless Steel ardillon