For nearly three centuries, the Grande Seconde has had one of the most unique designs in Fine Watchmaking. Its off-center display combines a seamless view of the hours and minutes with the precision of a large second hand. The worthy heir of this original collection, the Grande Seconde Quantième now includes a 41mm diameter. Long-awaited by collectors, this new size was a chance for Jaquet Droz to take a fresh approach to several design elements. This makes the Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm an authentic creation, and by no means is it simply a smaller version of an existing model. Everything, or almost everything, has been given a second look. The redesign begins with the case itself, which is now 41mm. It was thinned down slightly to make it lighter on the wrist and more compatible with its new diameter. This serves to preserve the proportions, and most remarkably the original piece’s balance and modern feel.
New finishes were also specially developed for this collection. There is a wide range of Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm watches with Grand Feu enamel dials, a long-practiced art Jaquet Droz has mastered and one of its most recognizable signatures. The dials now come in ivory tones as well as and deep blue, burgundy and anthracite. Each shade was specially crafted for this latest collection, the result extensive research on enamel powders and hand-firing techniques to produce the exact color variations desired. The date is displayed at 6 o’clock with an 18-carat red gold applique. In addition to these four colors, there is also a matte black dial, a titanium gray sandblasted version and a last one in sandblasted silver. No fewer than seven models in all are being unveiled at once, forming an entire collection of Grande Seconde Quantième 41mm timepieces.