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The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde reveals the Moon
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The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde reveals the Moon

Monday, 21 June 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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This year, the Maison celebrates the birth of its watchmaking founder, exactly 300 years ago on July 28, 1721. For this occasion, the Grande Seconde Moon has been reimagined in two exclusive anniversary editions.

Jaquet Droz has extensively redesigned its icon to offer two exclusive versions that reflect its dual heritage: on the one hand respecting its age-old craftsmanship, and on the other, a desire to take the Grande Seconde Moon into the 21st century. Now, for the first time, these two new models feature a 41mm diameter.

Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz
Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz

The first piece pays tribute to Pierre Jaquet-Droz and embodies the traditional aspects of the Maison. It is equipped with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial, a signature of the Maison’s expertise, with Roman numerals for the hours and minutes, and Arabic numerals for the seconds, all in the purest traditional spirit of the Grande Seconde. It is worn on a midnight blue strap, evoking the starry sky that reveals the Moon.

Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz
Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz

The second piece features a matte black dial in an intense, dark astral variation, which gracefully reveals the Moon Phase. For the first time, the piece loses its Arabic and Roman numerals for its hour-minute indications. Here, they are replaced by red gold indexes, giving the piece a more contemporary, structured and refined style. This modern look is emphasized by a hand-made strap in matte black calfskin. With a truly contemporary approach, Jaquet Droz has designed a new Grande Seconde Moon with only two tones, where the brightness of the red gold is matched only by the depth of the intense black.

Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz
Grande Seconde Moon Ivory © Jaquet Droz

These two variations of the Grande Seconde Moon 300th Anniversary edition both feature an 18K red gold case, which houses the 2660QL4 self-winding movement, with a 68-hour power reserve and the Moon phase display that only requires a single adjustment every 122 years. Each version is hand-engraved with “Pierre Jaquet-Droz, 300ème Anniversaire” on the back, where the sapphire case reveals a red gold oscillating weight, turning to the rhythm of a time that Jaquet Droz has recorded for more than three centuries.

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