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Introducing The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph With Onyx Dial

Introducing The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph With Onyx Dial

Snappy Take

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph is a moderately new watch for the company – the complication was not acquainted with the Grande Seconde assortment until 2019, which I made outstanding at the hour of the dispatch as the fundamental design of the Grande Seconde dials surely appears to fit the complication. At dispatch, the Grande Seconde chronographs came in three steel models, which are a lasting piece of the assortment, and a 88-piece restricted version in rose gold. The restricted version had the sub-dials in a vertical direction, shaping the mark Grande Seconde figure-8 on the dial, yet the steel pieces turned the dial 30 degrees to one side, which is the setup Jaquet Droz has decided for the new onyx-dialed model.

As with the dispatch models, the development is the type 26M5R, which is thusly founded on the F. Piguet/Manufacture Blancpain type 1185; it’s a segment wheel controlled with a vertical grasp. The 26M5R has gotten a few updates over the first type, and it has a silicon switch and equilibrium spring, alongside a freesprung, customizable mass equilibrium. This specific form of the development has a very openworked rotor, to permit a more unhindered perspective on the plates and scaffolds (consistently a decent thing).

Onyx is a type of chalcedony, which has a long history of utilization in the applied and beautiful expressions. It regularly shows up in extremely particular, grouped arrangements; the old Egyptians appear to have been there first, with records and antiquarianism showing utilization of the stone as ahead of schedule as the start of the Second Dynasty (around 3000 BC). It has an unmistakable serious shine and visual profundity suggestive of terminated polish, and here, it makes for an extremely emotional adaptation of the Grande Seconde Chronograph, where it joins a long history at Jaquet Droz of making enormous, luxurious dials out of valuable minerals, grand feu enamel, and different materials. While the case is steel, there is a touch of valuable metal in the blend too, as a white-gold section ring around the sub-dial for the hour and moment hands. The chronograph has a huge focus seconds hand and a more modest 30-minute counter, which likewise contains the hand and scale for the date sign. The date really hops from the 31st to the first, however with regards to the spotless, moderate plan of the dial, this isn’t exaggerated (indeed, it is barely noticeable from the start). The solitary sprinkles of shading on the dial are the red number 31 in the date section ring, and the red tip of the date hand. Albeit the organization of shading is scanty, it is, I think, crucial for the achievement of the dial composition.

Introductory Thoughts

The Grande Seconde assortment, in general, is one of my number one watches from any of the Swatch Group extravagance brands. One thing I have consistently figured Jaquet Droz does incredibly well is exploit the bigger size of the dials to make compositions and special visualizations that utilize negative space. The company is properly celebrated for its high-make finish dials, which regularly include rather uncommon and troublesome methods, for example, paillonée. But the opposite side to its plan history is the utilization of more extra plans which frequently highlight novel usage of different complications (the Douze Villes watch is quite possibly the most refined double time-region observes at any point made, and not the least for its merry dismissal of 25 out of 37 of the world’s time zones).

The Grande Seconde Chronograph avec cadran onyx is in an also distinguished vein, positively. There is something invigorating about the far reaching dial, the monopusher arrangement, and the liberal aura of numbers and section rings across the accessible space, and I especially like the way that it is a 30-minute chronograph without hour aggregator – one feels that as an aristo, one ought not be approached to have in excess of a half-hour capacity to focus under any conditions. It’s a watch with a stifled yet unequivocal sensation of extravagance, the steel case despite – a more loosened up interpretation of telling and monitoring time, and one which maybe reminds us, in its downplayed extravagance, that time is an extravagance as well.

The Basics

Brand: Jaquet Droz
Model: Grande Seconde Chronograph

Diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 14.83mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Onyx
Lume: None
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Handmade crocodile with 18k red gold or steel buckle

The Movement

Caliber: Jaquet Droz type 26MR, monopusher, segment wheel chronograph with vertical clutch
Functions: Time, retrograde date show in huge sub-dial, 30-minute chronograph
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Jewels: 34 jewels
Additional Details: Silicon balance spring and bed horns; freesprung, movable mass equilibrium; openworked 18k gold wavering mass (on all models, including steel)

Evaluating & Availability

Price: $21,000
Availability: Currently available
Limited Edition: No, standard production

For more, visit Jaquet-Droz.com .

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