First revealed in the year 2012 with a sexy jet-black onyx dial, the updated Jaquet Droz Eclipse J012613200 has been reissued in an even dressier version with its face finished with ivory Grand Feu enamel. Although the beige-colored plate (which is not only pleasant to look at but is also difficult to manufacture on an industrial scale) doesn’t do a particularly good job mimicking a night sky, it still makes the watch a perfect choice for those looking for a dressy moon-phase timekeeper.
Looking at the official specification of the Eclipse Ivory Enamel (Ref. J012613200), I can assume that there are only two things that make the updated watch different from the 2012 model: the choice of materials and the size of its elegantly shaped body.
While it is still powered by the same Jaquet Droz 6553L2 self-winding caliber (although not as spectacular as jobs created by Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre, it is still quite complex and is also beautifully decorated completely justifying the use of sapphire crystal on its display back), it now comes in a lot more expensive 18-karat red gold body with the same precious metal used to craft the three hands, as well as the eight stars and a classic-looking moon disk (the latter doesn’t look as happy as its predecessor, by the way).
The watch has also become considerably smaller shrinking from a generous 43 mm to more elegant (and also more, um, wearable with formal attire) 39 millimeters in diameter. Together with an approximate height of 12.7 millimeters, the watch looks a tad bulky. Regretfully, the Swiss watchmaker didn’t manage to make the watch slimmer, but, even with these dimensions, the watch is comfortable to have on a normal wrist even if you plan to wear it with a tight-cuffed shirt.
Soon going on sale around the world, the watch will probably retail for around $25,000 USD*.
*UPDATE ON PRICE: The watch will, in fact, be offered with an even more impressive price tag of $27,500. Considering the material its case is crafted from, as well as the quality and sophistication of the in-house mechanism that powers this beautiful ref. J012613200, I would say the MSRP is actually not that high although I can’t call it ‘affordable’ either. On my one to five “value for money” scale, I would probably put it between four and five.
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Jaquet Droz The Eclipse Ivory Enamel (Ref. J012613200) specification
Price: $27,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber JD6553L2, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 28
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 68 hours
Movement decoration: 22-karat white gold oscillating weight, Geneva strips on bridges
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, full calendar, moon phase
Case, Bezel and Crown: Red gold
Size: 39.00 mm
Case height: 12.70 mm
Dial: Grand Feu enamel, Ivory-colored
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Red gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Handmade rolled-edge black alligator leather strap on 18-karat red gold pin buckle
Back: Sapphire, engraved