Grande Seconde Skelet-One Gold
CASE : 18K white or red gold, sapphire crystal and back, waterresistant to 30m DIAMETER : 41mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding skeleton movement (Caliber JD 2663 SQ, 68h power reserve), double barrel, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, black treatment, 18K red or white gold oscillating weight engraved with individual number FUNCTIONS : Offcentered hours and minutes, large off-centered seconds DIAL : sapphire, 18K white gold hour circle STRAP : rolled-edge black alligator strap, 18K red or white gold pin buckle
Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic
CASE : polished and satin-brushed, sapphire crystal and back, water-resistant to 30m DIAMETER : 41.5mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding skeleton movement (Caliber JD 2663 SQ, 68h power reserve), double barrel, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, black treatment, 18K red gold oscillating weight engraved with individual number FUNCTIONS : Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered seconds DIAL : sapphire, black ceramic hour circle STRAP : rolled-edge blue alligator strap, folding clasp in ceramic and black PVD-coated steel
After celebrating its 280th anniversary last year, the brand with its incredible automatons is playing the transparency card with its iconic collection, the Grande Seconde. In these two versions transforming this ageless cult model, the result is spectacular. Unveiling its movement for the first time in its history, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One allows light to pour in from both sides of the case. Not only through the splendid openworking of the thus ‘liberated’ movement, but also through its oscillating weight and its fully skeletonized mainplate providing a view of almost the entire automatic caliber, with its double barrel featuring a silicon balance-spring and pallet horns. This airy spirit is reinforced by the suspended sapphire dial, which seems to capture the light, and by the removal of the casing ring, which accentuates the overall sense of openness. This new stylistic approach naturally respects the aesthetic signature of the double 8-shaped dial that is part of Jaquet Droz’ DNA. The expertise of its artisans is applied to the finishes highlighted by the openworking and is also revealed through subtle details such as the indexed screws on the hour circle (blued in the ceramic version), which are elegantly oriented towards the dial center. Devotees of precious metals and Roman numerals will undoubtedly opt for the gold model, available in white and red gold. Its ceramic interpretation displays a radically different personality whose modernity and more technical nature will appeal to connoisseurs as well as avant-garde or non-conformist individuals. The visually seductive refinement of the decoration notably includes the vertically brushed hour circle, as well as the ceramic case with its satin-brushed top and polished sides. Jaquet Droz also chose ceramic in creating its Skelet-One unique piece for Only Watch (see page 88), which is set to win collectors’ hearts.