When it comes to watches from Jaquet Droz, one has to remember that despite the technical innovation it showcases with it complex and refine movement, the brand has always leaned towards offering the best aesthetics in terms of design and beauty. Its Grande Seconde collection with its signature dial design is one not only one of the most technically innovative timepieces but also one of the most iconic and easily recognisable designs of the watch industry.
With the launch of the 2021 Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon, Jaquet Droz paves the way for a new artistic horizon by revealing a tourbillon through meticulous geometry. Working like an architect of light, the timepiece is developed with sculptural, modern and powerful aesthetics by moving towards open-worked mechanics.
Housed in a 41mm case made of red gold, the watch follows the same design principle as the Grande Seconde Skelet-One but this time with a tourbillon that sits at the top part of the movement. The skeletonised dial with it matte black bridges offers the perfect contrast against the geometry followed by the tourbllon cage and the skeleton movement.
The face of the watch is created over two “multi-tier” dials out of which one is crafted from sapphire and displays the seconds, minutes and hours rings marked by gold indexes. The second dial in Smoky quartz is almost invisible but gives the timepiece the classic figure eight shape that the brand is famous for. When it comes to the dial of the Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon, one can notice the role that light plays in creating a distinctive design aesthetic with varying levels of transparency on the dials and reflector.
The Jaquet Droz 2625SQ automatic skeleton tourbillon movement beating at the heart of the watch is visible via the skeletonised dial and caseback. The reworking of the bottom plate allows the distribution of the circulating forces around the movement making it sturdy enough for an elegant timepiece like this. Additionally, the red gold 18K skeletonized oscillating weight, visible from the back yet invisible from the dial, provides the Skelet-One Tourbillon with a 7-day power reserve.
Strapped to a rolled edge hand-made black alligator strap, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon is a beautiful timepiece that no doubt deserves a place on your wrist.
Name: Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon
Reference No.: J013523242
Movement: Jaquet Droz 2625SQ, self-winding skeleton tourbillon movement, black treatment, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, titanium tourbillon frame, single barrel, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight, Individual serial number engraved on the oscillating weight
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes at 6 o'clock, Tourbillon frame and off-centered seconds at 12 o’clock
Jewelling: 30 jewels
Power Reserve: 7 days
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h
Case: 18K red gold
Water Resistance: to 3 bars (30 meters)
Dial: Sapphire dial, Smoky quartz base, Indexes and dial fixing screws in 18K red gold
Hands: 18K red gold
Bracelet: Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator, 18K red gold folding clasp
Price: On request