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Jaquet Droz - Grande Seconde Dual Time

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time

This timepiece celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.

The Grande Seconde Dual Time keeps cadence with history, resonating with the rhythm of the journeys made by Pierre Jaquet-Droz in the 18th century. Here is a timepiece that celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.

A visionary entrepreneur, the founder of the brand was an inventor in an era profoundly influenced by the artistic and philosophical movements of the Age of Enlightenment, but also a great traveler. From the royal courts of Europe to the gates of the Forbidden City, Pierre Jaquet-Droz roamed the world.

This year, for the very first time, the brand has used the concept of double time to inspire one of its most emblematic models: the Grande Seconde. This historic piece is endowed with two off-center dials, slightly overlapping to delineate a figure eight, the brand’s tutelary number.

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A new calibre was developed, the Jaquet Droz 2663H24  self-winding mechanical movement, to create an upper dial displaying the local time and a lower seconds dial, off-centered at six o’clock, that doubles up with an hours and minutes dial giving the reference time. The movement is fitted with a silicon escapement with unrivaled chronometric performance and unaffected by magnetic fields, and offers a 65-hour power reserve.

Remaining true to the aesthetic principles of the brand, the  display is classic and sophisticated, starting with contrasting yet complementary indexes: Roman numerals on the upper counter and Arabic numerals on the lower. A date has been added, which is indicated by a red-tipped hand that exploits and enhances the recessed lower subdial in a delicate structuring of form highly characteristic of Jaquet Droz. Such a choice is equally reflective of a desire to achieve improved readability.

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The Grande Seconde Dual Time comes in three 43 mm-diameter versions: an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial with a red gold case, and a silvery opaline or onyx dial with a stainless steel case.
A rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap, secured by an ardillon buckle, dresses the watch.

The brand

An elegant, outward-looking philosophy that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment is still at the heart of Jaquet Droz's identity. The fine and rare handcrafts practiced at the company’s workshops produce exquisite miniature works of art and automata that combine the best of design with unprecedented levels of horological know-how.

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