Jaquet Droz Revisits a Classic with Grande Seconde Ivory Fue Enamel and Red Gold
Jaquet Droz watch reviews
Written by D Constant for The Watch Review Site
So lets take a look at the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde – this one is the Off Centered Ivory Enamel Watch. The easiest way to show you what Jaquet droz are doing with their 2012 Novelties is to start with a couple of photographic shots from Jaquet Droz themselves.
Jaquet droz State “the radiance of gold, a noble material that has served our craftsmen well for three centuries. The strength of the flame, the secret to producing ultra-fine powders to make our unique dials of Grand Feu enamel. A wealth of meticulous skills and techniques perpetuated and reinvented by Jaquet Droz, model after model. The hand of the craftsman, the most precious tool available to the Manufacture, familiar with each gesture and the value of time. All of the master artisans who, in the seclusion of their workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, created the horological masterpiece that Jaquet Droz is proudly presenting today.”
GRANDE SECONDE OFF-CENTERED IVORY ENAMEL
This timepiece is part od the Legend:Geneva Series of Jaquet Droz timepieces. With the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel, Jaquet Droz combines classic watchmaking traditions with the imagination that has become a well known trademark for Jaquet Droz. A milestone in the history of the Manufacture, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde features two dials that, intertwined, form the Jaquet Droz Signature number eight. As the name suggests the dials are set Off Center and on an Ivory enamel face.
Of the two dials one indicates the hours and minutes whereby the other the seconds. Again pertaining to the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered, the dials and winding stem have been repositioned to give this Grande Seconde it’s new look.
The simplistic and clear dials are to be transalated as an interpretation of the watches mechanical gears along with the exceptional ivory enamel face and red gold case the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered is pure indulgence in it minimalistic yet stunning looks.
And as always Jaquet Droz add a touch of difference with the positioning of it’s winding stem at 4 o’clock, some watch enthusiast like it others loathe it.
Another of Jaquet droz’s quotes “For the proud owner, to touch or feel the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel is to personally encounter the Jaquet Droz philosophy whereby the human experience of passing time should be marked by excellence, beauty and originality.”
All in all a lovely simply beautiful equisite timepice comes in the shape of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel with its hand made Black leather strap and red gold buckle to go with its fabulous Ivory Hue hand crafted Enamel Dial Face.
For those who are interested we can confirm the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered has hit the stores as of May 2012 and is being marketted at a price of 20,550 CHF (Swiss Francs) thats around £14,000 in english money right now.
Technical Details – Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel
Movement: Jaquet Droz 2663A, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h
Case: 18-carat red gold, diameter Ø 43 mm
Winding-stem at 4 o’clock
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)
Dial: Ivory Grand Feu enameled dial. Hand crafted
Hands: 18-carat red gold
Strap: Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat red gold ardillon
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