JAQUET DROZ – GRANDE SECONDE MOON BLACK ENAMEL
THE UNIQUE RADIANCE OF THE MOON
Just a few weeks away from BaselWorld, the brand with two stars has released an interpretation of the queen of the night that is both intense and poetic, and engraved on a black Grand Feu enamel dial.
Jaquet Droz has captured the moon, that luminous body that comes out at night to inspire the poets, and placed it on the dial of its flagship model, the Grande Seconde. And to throw greater relief on the moon, the watchmakers have coated the dial with black enamel, creating a strong contrast of colours. The russet moon is magnified by the strikingly deep black on the Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel.
Enamelling such a small surface as a dial is already a difficult enough exercise, especially during successive visits to the kiln, but the black Grand Feu enamel is an even greater technical feat. Because to obtain such a dense and shiny tone, the colour pigments must be perfectly dosed, and you need to hope that the heat will not alter or even destroy the delicate work.
True to the aesthetic style of Jaquet Droz, this model features the famous 8 on the dial, with the silhouette drawn by the interlacing of two counters. The hour rim near 12 o’clock is the upper loop of the brand’s favourite number, while the moon phase embodies the lower loop. The hours and minutes are displayed with the help of two small lancine-style hands, while the second hand features a “moon” tip counterweight. A red-varnish tipped hand indicates the date on a polished pink gold ring at 6 o’clock. The moon phase is shown by an engraved pink gold moon on a disc of black onyx along with a shower of stars.
The watch is powered by the automatic calibre 2660QL3, providing 68 hours of autonomy and housed in a 43mm-wide pink gold case.
Price: 29,700 CHF jaquet-droz.com
By Sharmila Bertin