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The two new faces of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde...
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The two new faces of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One

Monday, 11 May 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Plasma ceramic makes an entrance alongside red gold. One is steeped in tradition and the other is all about technology. Two new variations of an iconic timepiece in Jaquet Droz’s collections.

The Grande Seconde staked its place as a cornerstone of the watchmaker’s contemporary image. Now Jaquet Droz unveils two new versions of its Grande Seconde Skelet-One and each has a unique way of honoring two very complementary stylistic approaches. The traditional model features a case made of red gold. Worn on a leather strap with a novel rubber-like finish, it supplements the watchmaker’s semi-mat alligator straps. Inside the 41mm case lies the airy workings of this exclusive Jaquet Droz caliber where every component is meticulously stripped down to its minimum point of resistance. The fully suspended gear train is attached to the movement’s skeletonized bridges raised by an openworked oscillating weight that lets light shine clearly through.

Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic © Jaquet Droz
Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic © Jaquet Droz

The modern version, on the other hand, is the first time Jaquet Droz has used plasma ceramic on one of its timepieces. This plasma ceramic is made by transforming white ceramic with gas heated to 20,000°C, giving it a unique metallic glow without adding any metal fragments to the process. This core modification maintains all the inherent properties of ceramic. The gray anthracite theme carries over to the new plasma ceramic case held by a sleek and modern gray textile strap.

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