The exquisite figure eight that graces the dial of the Grande Seconde assortment has demonstrated especially adaptable with regards to joining complications. So far this year we have seen a few complications join the Grande Seconde family, including a double time … But the most amazing was the monopusher chronograph with a “off-off-centred” show. While we’ve as of now took a gander at the non-limited steel editions, Jaquet Droz is likewise divulging another limited model, this time in gold and with a sublime ivory enamel dial – and a couple of other contrasts too!
Side-by-side underneath, the steel and the gold adaptations of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph:
The gold Grande Seconde Chronograph watch we are looking at today runs on the very same development as its three steel partners , yet returns to a more conventional “upright” figure-eight presentation and crown at 3 o’clock. By realigning the crossing circles that comprise the figure eight and moving the crown/pusher to a more traditional position, the chronograph returns to more exemplary Grande Seconde territory. The natural class of this gold model and the sharp answers for transfer the slipped by seasons of a chronograph without adjusting the fundamental soul of the Grande Seconde are exceptional achievements.
SAME ELEMENTS, DIFFERENT RESULTS
It’s interesting how playing with the very same components and various completions can create such different outcomes. In the event that you take a gander at the two translations of the chronographs ( steel here and gold) next to each other, you can see that the primary bits of the jigsaw puzzle are indistinguishable yet their plan isn’t. The three steel models with their sandblasted dials, sideways counters and crown at 5 o’clock, feel somewhat more contemporary.
This 18k red gold model with its outdated Grand Feu ivory enamel dial and vertical figure eight is course book Grande Seconde. Aside from the “centred off-centred” figure eight, there are some unpretentious contrasts between the dials as well: the more modest hours and minutes circle on the steel models highlights Roman numerals and Arabic numbers for 6, 7, and 8; the red gold model likewise includes Roman numerals however has Arabic numbers for 5, 6 and 7. Sort of geeky subtleties however for beady-looked at watch devotees, a decent touch. The gold form additionally has more markings (Manufacturé en Suisse and Numerus Clausus x/88), which might have been precluded for an even cleaner look.
Like numerous other individuals from the Grande Seconde family, this chronograph comes in a serious huge 43mm case with a thickness of practically 15mm. The liberal case measurement guarantees a much more liberal surface zone for the Grand Feu enamel ivory dial. Flawlessly cleaned with dazzling adjusted edges, the most remarkable distinction for the situation is the augmented crown with monopusher for the chronograph functions.
The figure-eight design composed of two meeting sub-dials is exemplary Grande Seconde. The more modest top dial is as yet used to demonstrate the hours and minutes, while the bigger auxiliary dial contains the retrograde date (showed with a red-tipped hand) and the 30-minute counter. The chronograph seconds advance around the outskirts of the dial and are demonstrated with a long hand. All the slipped by time chronograph capacities – focal seconds and 30-minute counter – are selected in blue and read with blue-prepared hands while the hours, minutes and date capacities have 18k red gold hands.
If you look carefully, you will see that the date ring doesn’t get cut off at where the hours and minutes dial converges the auxiliary dial, as the date hand is retrograde. The two counters are somewhat recessed and have raised focal circles for extra depth.
Jaquet Droz built up the Caliber 26M5R explicitly for the Grande Seconde Chronograph. The development is a programmed segment wheel chronograph, which utilizes a portion of the Piguet 1185 design, yet which has been vigorously altered. The principle adjustment incorporates the change to a monopusher design. This single-barrel development brags 40 hours power hold. As most present day JD developments, it includes a silicon balance spring and bed horns (against attractive). The view through the sapphire gem uncovers the openworked 18k red gold wavering weight complete with its two Jaquet Droz stars and transmitting Geneva stripes on the angled bridges.
It’s difficult to accept that this Grande Seconde model really has a chronograph complication ready. Like practically all the Grande Seconde relatives – with the special case maybe of the Skelet-One Ceramic – the chronograph regards its rich DNA and doesn’t stick out in contrast to everything else. Indeed, if not for the projecting pusher you could nearly be excused for overlooking the chronograph. Astounding plan arrangements, delightful execution and a look that is 100% Jaquet Droz.
Price and availability
The gold Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph comes on a dim blue crocodile tie with a 18k red gold ardillon clasp. It is a limited edition of 88 watches and retails for EUR 29,500 (excl. charges). More data at jaquet-droz.com .