Mechanics take flight

Grande Seconde Skelet-One

CASE : pink gold


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, openworked Caliber 2663 SQ

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, offset large seconds

DIAL : open

CASEBACK : sapphire crystal

STRAP : alligator leather


Daintily fashioned like metal lacework, the Grande Seconde reveals a stylistic interpretation that is a first for Jaquet Droz. Featuring a subtle balance between voids and solids, between decorated surfaces and those allowing the light to flood through, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One stages a mechanical ballet starring the hours, minutes, and the famous large seconds subdial, arranged in the Maison’s signature figure-eight shape. To craft this delicate and airy expression of the watchmaking techniques and decorative arts cultivated by Jaquet Droz for 280 years, the watchmakers of the Manufacture have chosen to reveal only the bridges composing the movement structure, topped by an open hours and minutes subdial and a sapphire seconds subdial. The latter provides a wide view of the multilayered skeleton-worked movement and the entirely openworked mainplate. Even the gold oscillating weight has been hollowed so as to enable light to flood into the heart of the 41mm case in red gold, white gold, or a more contemporary ceramic version. Total refinement through a blend of transparency and absolute lightness.

Journaliste spécialisée en horlogerie, la plume de Marie présente les nouveautés tout en s'occupant de la rubrique Architecture.

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