The Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel watch represents the phases of the lunar cycle from the new moon to the last quarter, while staying true to the clean aesthetic of the Grande Seconde collection and the signature Jaquet Droz figure 8. The watch comes in a 18-carat red gold case. The lunar spectacle of the double-level dial in black Grand Feu enamel – with its applied satin-finish ring, 18-carat red gold star appliques, and 22-carat gold moon crowning a black onyx moon disk – houses an extraordinary treasure of watchmaking.
Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel © Jaquet Droz
The self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2660QL3 harnesses the marvelous properties of silicon, one of the most innovative materials in contemporary watchmaking, and offers a 68-hour power reserve. Silicon is friction-resistant and corrosion-resistant, meaning the moon phase in this Grande Seconde Moon is a “true” Moon. The fruit of a unique mechanism developed by Jaquet Droz, the moon phase requires correction only once every 122 years. A hand indicates the date, and the astronomical moon phases at 6 o’clock can be set using the corrector at 8 o’clock.
The elegance of the timepiece is enhanced with a black rolled-edge alligator strap.
About the ceramic white subdials are black printouts that mark out the hours and tens of thousands of seconds. Both subdials also have a railroad-style track around the periphery to help in legibility. The minute and hour hands, in addition to the large running seconds hands, are all made out of 18k red gold. For a dash of color, the crown can be made out of 18k red gold. What’s also very cool is the watch will include a fitting rolled-edge handmade cloth strap. It looks really nice from the media photos, although being white, I am concerned it might get stained easily.There’s also a black ceramic version of the above-mentioned model known as the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris. In place of a pure white ceramic instance, we have a black ceramic case. The dial is also black and decorated with clous de Paris guilloche. The overlapping subdials for your time and running moments are, as you may have figured, in black ceramic. Like the white version, the hour, minute and seconds hands are created out of 18k red gold, which contrasts strongly from the black dial. The crown, however, is black ceramic rather than 18k red gold like the white ceramic version. The watch also comes with a matching roll-edged hand-made black fabric strap.These two models are powered with the self-winding Jaquet Droz 2663A, which defeats in 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. On the dark ceramic model, the movement is treated with ruthenium to provide it a dark appearance. This comes at a 44mm black ceramic case, but it is a bit thicker in 13.03mm because of its motion. The power reserve scale is marked using reddish gold, whereas the hand to its power reserve indicator is black-colored gold. Overall, the power reserve indicator was cleanly and neatly executed. Oh, this model has the exact same black fabric strap that echoes the dial texture as it will on each watch. Nice.
© Jaquet Droz
© Jaquet Droz