JAQUET DROZ – GRANDE SECONDE MOON SILVER
READING ASTRAL TIME
Jaquet Droz’s flagship collection now includes a major complication, the moon phase. Three new models harmoniously combine the Grande Seconde with the queen of the night.
Introduced at BaselWorld this year, the Grande Seconde Moon Silver by Jaquet Droz is one of three new models that have joined the Grande Seconde collection. One is made of steel, with an onyx dial, the other is made of rose gold and “Grand Feu” enamel, and this last model, with a steel case and a silvered opal dial, results in a simple and refined timepiece – two adjectives that are well suited to the brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The collection has also been given a new complication: the moon phase. This is called an “astronomic” moon phase, because it needs to be reset only once every 122 years and 46 days. So don’t forget to set yourself a reminder! This all goes to show the precision of the movement made by Jaquet Droz, with the specially developed “135 mechanism” providing much more accuracy than a traditional model with 59 gear teeth. So it accumulates just one error a day over approximately two years, seven months and twenty days. On the 43mm-wide dial, the functions are shared out in two circles: one contains the hours and minutes, on the “northern” part of the dial, and one has the seconds and the moon phase on the “southern” part. The two circles form a figure 8, a symbol of wholeness and the brand’s favourite number. The Grande Seconde Moon Silver has a blued moon disc, as well as tiny stars in grey 18-carat gold against an attractive dark blue background. Every day, the disc makes its way with a small and simple clockwise rotation, precisely reproducing the moon’s cycle.
The Grande Seconde Moon Silver’s self-winding movement provides a power reserve of 68 hours. Jaquet Droz invites us to contemplate and analyse the passing of time with a timepiece that is very easy to read thanks to a dual-level dial that has been specially designed for these three models.
Price: CHF15,700 jaquet-droz.com
By Isabelle Guignet