It is the taste for simplicity that has led to the creation of two new models of the Grande Seconde Quantième. The watch is instantly recognized by connoisseurs thanks to its two off-center dials, direct-drive seconds hand and pointer-type date display highlighted with a touch of red. This emblematic silhouette is now displayed on a dial featuring a sunray finish, which helps capture and diffuse rays of light thus creating fascinating iridescence. Two shades are available, anthracite, equipped with hands in rhodium-plated steel, and gray, with hands in blued steel. Each version is available with a diameter of 39 or 43 millimeters.
These models are worn on new hand-made straps in light brown and slate gray alligator leather. The sleek silhouette of the horns, the convex appliques and perfect curves of the bezel and steel case strengthen this performance of remarkable purity. Lastly, the date, located on an incline on the dial at six o’clock, brings an added touch of modernity to this work of visual architecture.
A model of refinement, the Grande Seconde Quantième Satin-Brushed watches are true watchmaking prowess. In order to guarantee even greater reliability, the balance spring and pallet horns of the self-winding movement have been made with silicon. With unparalleled flexibility, silicon is a material that is perfectly stable over time and can withstand shock and variations in temperature, pressure and magnetic fields. Combining technological advances, watchmaking mastery and aesthetic perfection, Jaquet Droz offers two new icons, whose elegance and precision at once classic and contemporary, defy the passage of time.
The animations may exceed 12 minutes and play out four distinct scenarios, which is a serious level of automation to package into a 47mm-wide by 18.95mm-thick wristwatch case. Every component on this dial is adorned by hand, using an off-centre subdial in onyx near 12 o’clock to indicate hours and minutes.The instance of the Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater is made of 18 karat red gold and contains yet more hand-applied engraving across the sides and lugs. It comes furnished with a rolled-edge dark green alligator strap that well matches the flora in the depicted scene. The watch is not water-resistant, though I do not envision many owners will attempt to shower or swim with these on anyway.Visible during the sapphire exhibition caseback is your Jaquet Droz RMA89 hand-wound minute repeater movement using a single barrel that supplies a 60-hour power book. That power book is up in the RMA88’s 48 hours used in previous Bird Repeater watches, and we’ll assume that maximum energy reserve refers to use of the watch without conducting its exceptionally intricate and definitely power-consuming chiming and automata mechanics – the hummingbird’s wings beating 40 times each second is faster than a bigger species of real hummingbirds. Like any element of this Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater, this motion is meticulously hand-decorated, with Côtes de Genève, perlage on the base plate, and polished surfaces. Fantastic to admire in and of itself, some previous Bird Repeater watches went much more next-level by engraving the motion with, as an instance, foliage motifs (see the above linked-to Bird Repeater article) that sense much more congruous with the total view than this traditional finishing. The motion features 86 jewels and a balance spring that oscillates at 21,600 vph, or 3Hz. A clef symbol etched to a spur of crimson gold only underneath the striking hammers refers to the musical nature of this movement.