The Grande Seconde watch and its playful figure 8 – the symbol of infinity and completeness that has come to represent Jaquet Droz – features a cuprit background. Discovered in the mid 19th century, this copper-oxide-rich stone kindles celestial reverie of the planet Mars. Its fiery red color embodies all the passion dedicated to both the timepiece and the Only Watch project.
The Grande Seconde goes further the usual brand expert delicacy. The two counters traditionally aligned on the 12 o’clock / 6 o’clock axis are made off-center, adding an original, dynamic touch to this purest of canvases. The thinness of the circled gold flanges match that of the hands and the direct-drive seconds hand, while the crown is shifted to 4 o’clock for a subtle aesthetic twist.This Grande Seconde is equipped with an automatic mechanical movement whose balance-spring and pallet horns in silicon – a material resistant to shocks, temperature fluctuations, pressure and magnetic fields – add to the reliability of the watch. Fitted with a power reserve of 68 hours, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered combines the purple of the cuprit with the glimmer of the 43 mm red gold case and the smooth black of the alligator strap.
Hand engraved with the mentions “1/1” and “Only Watch 2017 Cuprite”, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered will be released as the other unique watches created for the event, at the end of September to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show.
Estimate: CHF 30,000 – 40,000, EUR 27,000 – 36,000, USD 31,000 – 41,000
While none of the whimsical high complications voiced in this watch represent any sort of a profit in utility for the wearer, which was never the point, of course. Jaquet Droz Watches Sale Replica is not the only manufacturer offering automata in wristwatch type, with other recent examples including the Van Cleef & Arpels Ronde Des Papillons and the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up, however Jaquet Droz goes the extra mile in terms of its decorative arts and complexity of the automata. The Grande Seconde would be to Jaquet Droz what the Lange One would be to A. Lange & Söhne because the brand’s flagship collection and signature look. The name and company Jaquet Droz were acquired by the Swatch Group at the turn of the millennium, and just two years later, it established the Grande Seconde, which was inspired by an old Jaquet Droz pocket view from the 18th century. It’s a simple but pleasing layout, comprising a subdial that tells the major hour at 12 o’clock and a larger overlapping subdial at 6 o’clock that reveals the running seconds – hence the name Grande Seconde. Currently, Jaquet Droz has added three new models for its Grande Seconde lineup, all which have ceramic cases and clous de Paris dials using the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous de Paris watches.The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic comes in three versions. There are two that come in a black ceramic case and one that comes from a white ceramic instance. Let’s talk about the lone white ceramic version, which is simply called the Grande Seconde Ceramic watch. It features a pristine white ceramic case that measures 44mm wide and is 12.23mm in height. That lets you know that it’s intended as a men’s watch, even though white ceramic watches – especially with gold accents such as this – are usually strongly associated with women’s watches. The main dial itself is adorned with white clous de Paris guilloche, while the overlapping subdials that tell the time and running seconds are made from white ceramic.