To support 7th edition of the Only Watch, luxury Swiss watch brand Jaquet Droz has created an exceptional Grande Seconde Off-Centered model that raises money for the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This reinterpretation of the legendary Grande Seconde watch features a cuprit background. Discovered in the mid 19th century, this copper-oxide-rich stone kindles celestial reverie of the planet Mars. Its fiery red color embodies all the passion dedicated to both the timepiece and the Only Watch project.
The cut of the mineral dial requires the extreme, expert delicacy for which Jaquet Droz is known. Each inclusion, vein and detail of the dial makes for a singular masterpiece. But the Grande Seconde goes even further: the two counters traditionally aligned on the 12 o’clock / 6 o’clock axis are made off-center, adding an original, dynamic touch to this purest of canvases. The thinness of the circled gold flanges match that of the hands and the majestic direct-drive seconds hand, while the crown is shifted to 4 o’clock for a subtle aesthetic twist.
The Grande Seconde is equipped with an automatic mechanical movement whose balance-spring and pallet horns in silicon – a material resistant to shocks, temperature fluctuations, pressure and magnetic fields – add to the perfect reliability of the watch. Fitted with a power reserve of 68 hours, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered combines the purple of the cuprit with the glimmer of the 43 mm red gold case and the smooth black of the alligator strap. Hand engraved with the mentions “1/1” and “Only Watch 2017 Cuprite”, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered will be released at the end of September to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show. It will then be a part of the traveling exhibition targeting an international public of committed watch lovers prior to going up for auction in Geneva on Saturday, November 11th.
Grande Seconde Collection
Model: Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprite
Numerus Clausus of 1
Jaquet Droz 2663A.P, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, red gold oscillating weight
Jewelling: 30 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.
Off-centered hours and minutes, large off-centered second
18-karat red gold case
Diameter 43 mm
Height 12 mm
Winding-stem at 4 o’clock
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)
Red cuprite dial
18-karat gold applied ring
Hands: 5N gold-plated bronze
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-karat red gold ardillon