The figure 8, symbol of Jaquet Droz, is revisited by the three new models – two Grande Seconde and a Grande Seconde Power Reserve – in a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals, and accentuated by a dial featuring a “clous de Paris” motif. Traditionnaly found on classic-style watches, this type of guilloché work is brought to the forefront for a richly textured dial, which lends the timepiece a unique sense of character.
The ceramic that makes up the 44mm case and dial counter is incredibly resistant and practically scratch proof. Moreover, its luster and color will not tarnish with years.
The Grande Seconde models house the manual-winding Jaquet Droz 24 Hour Watch Replica 2663A-S Calibre, beating at 28’800 vph et offering a 68-hour power reserve.
Grande Seconde Céramique Clous de Paris, white © Jaquet Droz
The Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris is powered with the self-winding Jaquet Droz 4063D-S, which also beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The motion is treated with ruthenium and contains a black PVD rotor to provide it a dark look to match the black porcelain case.All things considered, these brand new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic watches are fairly interesting in that they pair the classic and understated design of the original Grande Seconde watch using contemporary ceramic material. The end result, judging from the media pictures at least, seems rather pleasant to me. Certainly, these ceramic models will likely be significantly more scratch resistant than the non-ceramic versions which are in stainless steel or gold. Each is limited to 28 bits. Among the newest Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon watches from the boutique Swiss watch manufacturer (that is most likely the smallest and most special high-end brand beneath the Swatch Group umbrella) is this eight-piece limited version reference J013033242 Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée you see here. I last covered another edition of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon see here in 2015. I get more into a technical discussion of the base watch in that article, but I’ll touch on the major points again here and focus on the paillonnée enamel technique used to decorate the dial.What is important to mention is that within the last several decades Jaquet Droz has invested rather heavily in not just bringing several of these artistic cosmetic techniques in-house (instead of utilizing outside artists and craftspeople), but also in rediscovering missing techniques which were used in the past to create much of the beautiful enamel work on pocket watches and other things out of a couple hundred years ago.
The Grande Seconde Power Reserve Black Ceramic model displays this feature via a golden-color scale matching the 18K red gold hours, minutes and seconds hands. The latter’s sparkle is beautifully enhanced by the contrasting black or white dial and red gold screws and crown, in the case of the white version.
The fabric strap, bringing to mind the “clous de Paris” motif, is secured with a folding clasp in ceramic and black PVD-treated stainless steel, or with a 18-karat red gold ardillon buckle for the white model.
Each model is limited to 28 pieces, with the individual serial number engraved on the case-back.
Grande Seconde Power Reserve Black Ceramic © Jaquet Droz