The Grande Seconde Moon by Jaquet Droz currently has one of the largest followings out of the Maison’s collections. After the Silvery version of the Grande Seconde Moon, the Swiss watch manufacture is now unveiling a new anthracite dial version of this highly sought-after timepiece.
The anthracite dial of this new watch is sandblasted, which makes it more vivid and striking. The dial also casts a striking resemblance to the surface of the moon. The lunar display sits poised at 6 o’clock as the large seconds hand and perpetual date hand fly over it. The hands are blued, as are those marking the hours and minutes. Thus, the hands boldly and seamlessly blend into the cosmic backdrop with a blue reminiscent of outer space.
Six white gold stars strike forth against this solid background as a subtle nod to the Jaquet Droz two-star emblem. They are joined by the white gold moon, which was drawn by hand to capture its naturally cratered surface, moved by a so-called ‘astronomical’ Moon Phase. It is powered by a new movement called Mechanism 135 that runs with a 135-tooth wheel.
While a traditional 59-tooth movement accumulates an error of one day every 2 years, 7 months and 20 days, the Jaquet Droz Moon Phase only requires a single adjustment every 122 years and 46 days. The movement’s precision is thus closer to the actual lunar month: 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds.
The 43 mm steel case features a sapphire crystal back designed for admiring the movement’s Côtes de Genève finishes and openwork Sunray finished oscillating weight.
With a double barrel enabling the 68-hour power reserve, this Jaquet Droz 2660QL3 self-winding mechanical movement has a silicon balance spring and pallet lugs, making it virtually impervious to magnetic fields and temperature fluctuations.
This new Anthracite Grande Seconde Moon watch model comes on a handmade rolled-edge alligator strap with a sleek, silky rubber-like finish.
Collection: Grande Seconde Collection
Model: Grande Seconde Moon Anthracite
Jaquet Droz 2660QL3, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, flat bridges, heavy metal oscillating weight
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.
Off-centered hours and minutes at 12 o’clock
Large off-centered second at 6 o’clock
Off-centered pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock
Astronomical moon phases at 6 o’clock
Stainless steel case
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.23 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)
Gray sand-blasted dial
Blued steel moon disc
Blued steel moon disc, 18-karat white gold star appliques and 22-karat white gold moon appliques
Blued steel hours, minutes, date and seconds
Date with lacquered red tip
Rolled-edge hand-made gray alligator
Stainless steel folding clasp