Jaquet Droz has released its latest interpretation of a traveler’s timekeeper embodied in the new model called Grande Heure GMT. The latest watch by the Swiss company is odd since it is not completely devoted to a fast moving tempo of a usual world traveler. Instead, Jaquet Droz is presenting a more relaxed version of timekeeping which includes only two hour hands, one for the local time and the other one for the GMT time zone (or some other time zone, according to the wearer’s preference). Both hour hands circle across a distinguished Grand Feu enamel dial with the 24-hour scale and a bit peculiar spacing of hour markers. This minimalistic timepiece has the price tag of $26,400 and runs on an in-house automatic movement with a prolonged power reserve of 68 hours.
As the representatives of the company state, the inspiration for the new product stems from the numerous travels of the brand’s founder, Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Since the legendary watchmaker and automata creator lived in the 18th century, it is clear why the new timekeeper has a bit relaxed version of display of time. Grand Heure GMT has a classical looking Grand Feu enamel dial in ivory color. As it has been said, it features a bit uncommon hour scale with Arabic numerals, since it preserves the 12 o’clock position at the top, as it is would be the case with an usual 12-hour scale. This way, the one o’clock hour marker is standing next to the 24 o’clock marker which sits at the very bottom of the watche’s face. To make a bit more precise reading of the time possible, each hour is split into ten-minute increments and with half-hour markers executed slightly differently in order to enhance the readability.
Jaquet Droz has only two hands: while the red gold hour hand shows the time in the local time zone, the blue hand tells the GMT time or any other time zone, depending on the wearer’s choice. Though the hands have the same design, they are in fact mirror images of each other. Both are with a broad base, but while the tip of the local time hour hand is off-set to the left, the tip of the blue hand is off-set to the right side.
Grande Heure GMT is placed inside a round housing made from polished red gold. Its thickness is 11.85 mm, whereas the diameter measures to 43 mm. Even though it has a moderate sized casing according to the modern day standards, the housing looks a bit bigger since the watch has an exceptionally thin bezel. Both the front and the see-through back of the new Jaquet Droz watch are guarded by sapphire crystals. As far as the supported water resistance is concerned, it is basic and measures to 30 meters.
An In-House Automatic Movement with Two Barrels and a 22K White Gold Rotor
The transparent case-back of the watch with the reference number J015233200 is certainly an appealing trait, since it enables the view on the timekeeper’s in-house caliber 5N50.4 with 28 jewels. It is a mechanical movement that operates at the rate of 28,800 vph and features twin barrels, which enables the extended power reserve of 68 hours. Distinguished with a neat 22K white gold oscillating weight of its self-winding system, the proprietary movement by Jaquet Droz also enables that the both hour hands are set by a single crown.
For the attachment of Grande Heure GMT, Jaquet Droz chose a black alligator leather strap with hand-rolled edges which locks with a buckle constructed from the same material as the case. The watch is available at the price of $26,400 and it is likewise important to note that its each copy is individually numbered.