Today the collection welcomes two new chronographs with a redesign that honors its sporty nature. The signature figure 8 –formed by the hours and minutes display and the large seconds display– is replaced here by a central display of the time, with the chronograph’s central seconds hand, an hour counter at 9 o’clock and a minutes counter at 3 o’clock. The indicators are perfectly balanced on the horizontal plane and, in keeping with the sporty function of the piece, the chronograph is immediately readable. To insure an accurate reading every time, Jaquet Droz has used openwork central hour and minute hands that allow an unobstructed view of the chronograph as they move around the dial.
The textured dial accentuates the distinguished character of these new SW Chrono models, with vertical strokes that lend it a sporty feel. The dial’s contemporary new colors –midnight blue and anthracite– are also featured on the rolled-edged fabric strap that is perfectly in sync with the unapologetically modern, urban and sporty look of the SW Chrono. At 12 o’clock, Jaquet Droz features a big date, a complication traditional in fine watchmaking but rarely associated with a chronograph. The Maison has specially developed a steel case for these new SW Chrono models. Instead of one solid piece, the striking new case is assembled from several sections, each given a particular finish –polished, matte or satin-finished– to produce a subtle composition of contrasts and reflections.