Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Jaquet Droz has introduced the Grande Seconde sports watch with steel-rubber. The lines of the dial are obtained in a process performed on a single solid block of steel, hollowed to lower the surface level. The balance of the fine-brushed figure eight, the fineness of its spine and the red Super-LumiNova coating on hands and indicators – the red accentuating the depth of the black – all contribute to a refined interplay of volumes, colors and reflections of light.
Also hollowed, the plates discreetly stress the dominance of rounded contours. An impression of comfort also prevails: since the bracelet is made of steel – a first for Jaquet Droz – and clad in supple natural rubber, the Grande Seconde SW Steel-Rubber feels surprisingly light and unexpectedly warm.
In 2011, Jaquet Droz incorporated the tourbillon, a complication that frees the mechanical watch from the effects of gravity, into the brand’s Grande Seconde model, whose dial design takes inspiration from a house leitmotif: the number eight. Jaquet Droz has now reinvented this fusion and for the first time, will be including this complication in its line of sports watches.
Inserted at the top of the dial, the Tourbillon reveals the inner workings its mechanism. The upper bridge has been changed to perform the function of the second hand. Positioned opposite, the hours and minutes counter uses classical Roman numerals, giving them, as well as the hands, a coat of white Super-LumiNova to set up a contrast with the black rubber treatment of the dial. Set horizontally, the plates, secured with screws, convey the graphic balance and chromatic harmony of the Tourbillon. This visual and technical performance comes in a 45 mm case with red gold and the fluting on the bezel. The alligator strap is the first of its kind on a sports watch.