The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme automatic watch offers us the familiar 8-shaped dial layout that now offers the delighted audience not only off-centered hours and minutes as well as a prominent seconds sub-dial, but also adds to the grand total a simple, yet elegant calendar indicator.
Thanks to the clever use of a calendar display with a stick-shaped pointer, the new watch now sports more elaborated, while still very simplistic and refined, design. With both sub-dials equipped with their own pair of hands, the watch looks even more balanced, at least on these static photos that we publish today.
As you can see on the pictures, the lower sub-dial now features not one, but two scales with the outer rim marked for seconds and the inner reserved for the date indication.
The Arabic and Roman numerals on the chapter rings are not particularly large, but are still bigger than similar indicators used in chronographs with calendars.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme is presented in three versions: black on black (ref. J007030240), polished steel on black (ref. J007030241), and blue on silver (ref. J007030242).
While the first monochromatic combination seems to be the flashiest and the third offers the most contrasting and easy to read layout, the version with black sand-blasted dial and polished steel hands, numerals and chapter rings is definitely the most elegant and even stately among them.
In fact, this is the watch that I myself would gladly put on my wrist if invited to a black tie event or some sort of royal wedding ceremony.
In fact, it would be a good idea if Jaquet Droz eventually decided to make a limited edition of the timekeeper in a white gold body: the precious material seems to be the most adequate choice for such a dressy timekeeper.
Speaking of bodies, this one is offered in an relatively slim case that, being 43 millimeters in diameter, is, according to official specifications, less than 13 millimeters thick.
Beating inside this meticulously crafted case is the new Jaquet Droz 2660Q2 automatic caliber. The movement is offered as an in-house job, but, as far as I understand, the movement is still based on the Frederic Piguet caliber 1153 ebauche that guys from Jaquet Droz (and a lot of other respectable watchmaking brands) seem to love so much.
Thanks to its double-barrel design, the winding system of the movement offers as long as 68 hours of continuous power supply, which makes this watch especially handy if you don’t plan to wear it on weekends.
Photos: Jaquet Droz
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme automatic watch specification
Price: $9000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Jaquet Droz caliber 2660Q2, 4.05 mm thick, modified and decorated in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Highly decorated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 68 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 13.00 mm
Dial: Silvered or black, sand-blasted
Numerals: Arabic and Roman
Hour markers: Railway-style
Hands: Blued, Polished steel or Black
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black natural leather strap with stainless steel folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire