If you are as of now an aficionado of the Grande Seconde, or were a fan however scared by the 43mm case sizes of a portion of the models, the most recent 41mm cycles of this watch will be what your ears were waiting to hear. The Goldilocks problem about hitting on the correct bowl of porridge that isn’t too hot, not too cold but rather on the money could be applied to this new moderate size. The new case size of 41mm, which complements however doesn’t supplant the current 43 and 39mm models, comes with a portion of striking shading plans at the same time regarding the unmistakable off-focused time signs. Seven models join the Grande Seconde family, four in red gold with Grand Feu polish dials and three in tempered steel with current sandblasted dials. How have these plan decisions influenced the virtue and moderation we partner with the model? We should investigate the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm.
the Grande Seconde
Without diving into the astonishing history of Jaquet Droz (set up 1738) or looking at its mystical automata and striking timekeepers that charmed illustrious courts right to China, India and Japan, at the very least the brand kicked the bucket a characteristic passing in 1791, was restored during the 1990s and procured by Swatch Group in 2000.
Those of you acquainted with Jaquet Droz will quickly perceive these Grande Seconde models as the relatives of a pocket watch made 235 years prior. Ascribed to Pierre Jaquet Droz, the 1785 pocket watch was a grande seconde model with the accentuation put on the enormous seconds counter at 6 o’clock. With its entwined sub-dials shaping an effortless figure eight, this pocket watch was the pith of virtue and moderation. Restored in 2002, the Grande Seconde is the mainstay of Jaquet Droz today and fits endless adaptations.
Like the first 1785 gold pocket watch, the plan of the Grande Seconde is composed of a smooth figure eight (a fortunate number in Asia) shaped by two covering circles; the bigger sub-dial at the base demonstrates the seconds and the more modest counter at the top is for the hours and minutes.
Artistic creates are fit as a fiddle at Jaquet Droz and a group of contemporary craftsmans devoted to plating, etching, chiseling and small scale painting reproduce the sorcery and magnificence of the brand’s celebrated notable pieces. Excellent Feu plating is an in-house claim to fame and guarantees a remarkable graining and sparkle, just as a shading that won’t change over the long run. The four red gold models in the new 41mm cases are graced with twofold level Grand Feu veneer dials, going from the exemplary ivory polish we have seen in past versions to rich resonances of blue, burgundy and anthracite. On the off chance that you take a gander at the applied red gold date ring, you’ll perceive how the dial plunges marginally clarifying the ‘twofold degree’ of enamel.
Sticking to the exemplary codes of the majority of the Grande Seconde family (with exemptions, similar to the extreme moderation of the High-Tech Skelet-One ), the plan components are indistinguishable from the current 43mm Grande Seconde Quantième model. Obviously, the case is more modest and has been thinned down to 12.10mm, however the combination of rich veneer tone and red gold add huge warmth to the watch.
In every one of the four models, the red gold metal is repeated on the dial with 18k red gold subtleties like the hands and the date ring. The Roman numerals in the hour counter and the seconds are white and the tip of the pointer date and the number 31 are selected in red. The exemplary lacquer renditions in red gold come with croc ties that coordinate the shade of the dial with red gold ardillon buckle.
Steel and sandblasted surfaces
The three steel models in this Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm assortment split away from a portion of the more exemplary codes of the family and embrace a more contemporary plan language. The exquisite figure-eight design has been regarded yet the completions and replacement of the Roman numerals in the hour and minutes counter give the watch a fresher, more flexible presence. Compared to a blue-on-blue model delivered a year ago and reviewed here , the newcomers play with surface and differences offering a more powerful and therefore more readable watch.
Perhaps the most amazing of the three steel models is the titanium dark with electric blue highlights on the dial. The Roman numerals for the hours are supplanted here with applied blue markers and the section ring decreased to only one outer track for the minutes. A comparative exercise in style has been embraced for the bigger seconds counter that has jettisoned the Arabic numerals for applied markers and utilizations a blue ring for the pointer date. The lively blued hands, applied markers and date ring add a powerful touch. I love the abrasive, sandy surface of sandblasted surfaces which are so proficient at engrossing reflections and keeping away from undesirable glare. Another agile plan detail is the way the 6 o’clock hour marker on the top counter is joined to accommodate the date ring and shows up again over the red number 31 as the marker comparing to 60 seconds.
For sheer style, the dark adaptation wins gives over with its light-retaining matte dark sandblasted dial and 18k white gold records. There is additionally a more shy silver sandblasted dial with dark highlights. Every one of the three steel models are introduced on smooth moved edge calfskin ties with hardened steel collapsing clasps.
In-house Caliber JD 2660Q2
All seven models are furnished with an in-house programmed development. Because of the twofold barrels, the force save is a comfortable 68 hours (right around 3 days). The escapement is against attractive with its silicon balance spring and bed horns. The completing is perfect and outwardly rich, with Geneva stripes emanating from balance and cleaned inclines on the extensions. Obvious through the presentation caseback, the openwork swaying weight comes in either gold or in hefty metal for the steel versions.
Whichever models you take a gander at, be it the exemplary 18k red gold cycles with rich polish dials or the trendier steel sandblasted forms, they are all undeniably Grande Seconde offspring. It’s not often you come across a plan (particularly one this old!) equipped for weathering such countless changes without losing a bit of its unique class: a demonstration of the force, robustness and perseverance of good plan. In the event that I could, I’d pick two models: the titanium dark sandblasted with blue for regular fun and the more exemplary ivory polish for dressier events. Two totally different Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm, yet watches that are so close at the equivalent time.
The cost for these new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm is set at CHF 9,750 for the treated steel renditions and CHF 20,550 for the 18k red gold forms. More subtleties at www.jaquet-droz.com .