Presented at Baselworld 2018 – when Jaquet Droz and the remainder of the Swatch Group was all the while displaying at the Basel-based reasonable – the Grande Seconde Skelet-One was a shockingly current interpretation of the exemplary 8-figure on the dial of the watch, the mark plan of the brand. Dispatched in three debut variants, two in gold and one in black ceramic with gold accents, the Skelet-One is back for 2019 of every a considerably bolder and more specialized version. Meet the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic Black And Blue.
Released for the 280th-commemoration festivities of Jaquet Droz, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One was an intense engineering take on the brand’s unmistakable model. Without precedent for its new history, the Grande Seconde was given a skeletonized development and a strict shortfall of dial – offering a cleaned up perspective on the mechanics with ethereal bridges.
This present day take on the Grande Seconde remains indisputably Jaquet Droz but carries different wellsprings of motivation to a brand that normally remains on the exemplary side of things. While the traditional Grande Seconde watches play on immaculateness and huge dials with not many signs, this openworked model is bolder and more complex.
Yet, the essentials haven’t been failed to remember and the notorious 8-shape on the dial is as yet present – and truth be told, accentuated by the development of the actual development. The hours and minutes counter at 12 o’clock is entwined with the enormous seconds counter at 6 o’clock. The huge seconds sapphire sub-dial consummately complements the skeletonized development. At 12 o’clock, the sapphire hour ring is determined to a base of gold. On this ceramic model, hours are shown by applied and facetted lists (Roman numerals on the gold models). The mainplate of the development has been intended to follow the state of the 8 on the dial.
For 2019, the black-on-gold model is currently complemented by another variant, actually made in black ceramic and with a 41.5mm case, where all the brilliant components have been supplanted by blue accents or rhodium-plated parts. This variant feels significantly more current and more specialized than before.
Powering the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One is the programmed type JD2663.SQ, a twin-barrel development that has been altogether openworked. It highlights a silicon balance spring, silicon bed horns and a JD customized offset with outer screws. The 18k white gold focal rotor is skeletonized too and is engraved with the individual number of the watch. Ticking at 28,800 vibrations each hour (4Hz), it offers a comfortable force save of 68 hours. The development extensions and plates are covered with a black ‘NAC’ treatment.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic Black and Blue won’t be a restricted version. Its cost isn’t affirmed at this point yet expect something comparative to the 2018 ceramic model, meaning CHF 24,850. More subtleties at www.jaquet-droz.com .